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Warriors chase down Stags

Openers Davey Jacobs and Ashwell Prince shared a 147-run partnership off just 94 balls to help Warriors beat Central Stags by six wickets.

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Openers Davey Jacobs and Ashwell Prince shared a 147-run partnership off just 94 balls to help Warriors beat Central Stags by six wickets in their Champions League Twenty20 Group ‘A’ match here on Saturday.

After Stags opted to bat, Warriors restricted them to 175 for three in 20 overs and then chased down the target with five balls to spare at the St George’s Park. Skipper Jacobs (74) and Prince (64) laid the foundation for Warriors’s successful run-chase.

With three wins in as many matches, Warriors have now virtually booked a place in the semifinals. On the other hand, the New Zealand outfit, which has failed to win even a single match in the tournament, has been eliminated.

Chasing 175 to win, Warriors started aggressively and reached 50-run mark in just five overs. Jacobs clobbered two fours off Micheal Mason in the first over of their innings and then hit Adam Milne for a four and a six in the very next over.

Pacer Doug Bracewell was then brought into attack but proved expensive as Jacobs hit two sixes and a couple of fours to accumulate 21 runs.

George Worker and Mason tried to slow down proceedings but skipper Jacobs was simply unstoppable as he blasted a four and a six in the eighth over to score 13 runs.

Jacobs took his side past the 100-run mark by hitting a six off Bracewell in the 10th over.

Boundaries flew thick and fast as Jacobs and Prince dealt in fours and sixes to take their side closer to target, scoring another 45 runs in the five overs to make the scoreline read 145 for no loss in 15 overs.

With no option left, Stags captain Jamie How gave the ball to part-timer Kieran Noema-Barnett.

Barnett justified the decision by removing Jacobs, whose ambitious shot found Mason near the rope. Jacobs struck five fours and six sixes during his 47-ball stay.

In the 18th over, Bracewell got rid off Prince, who holed out to Peter Ingram at mid-wicket. Needing 25 runs from 18 balls, new man Craig Thyssen hit two fours and a six off Bracewell to again swing it in Warriors’s favour.

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