THE Chevrolet Warriors missed out on a crucial two points as they threw away an excellent position to tie an eight-over humdinger against The Unlimited Titans in the RAM SLAM T20 at SuperSport Park.
The Warriors were sitting pretty going into the last over of the game, with just six runs needed and Jon-Jon Smuts (37) and Simon Harmer (24) well set.
However, Harmer sliced the first ball from David Wiese to short third man, Smuts was run out off the second and the game went down to the final delivery, with Rusty Theron needing just a single to win it.
A swing and a miss meant that the match was tied, with no Super Over played because of the lengthy rain delay before the game that had reduced it to eight overs per side.
With the points shared, it would now take a remarkable string of results to see either side qualify for the playoff – the fifth-placed Warriors trail the third-placed Knights by six points with three games remaining, while the Titans are a further four points behind.
The Titans’ total of 79 for five had relied on an early blitz from Henry Davids, who flayed 23 runs from 11 balls before one drive too many brought his demise, while Theunis de Bruyn and Darren Sammy both made 16.
The Warriors made an awful start to their chase, crashing to 22 for three after 15 deliveries.
The 52-run stand between Smuts and Harmer then took them to the brink of victory, but they were ultimately left disappointed.
Please take note of the following conditions that apply to matches where the scores are tied:
The following procedure will apply should the provision for a one over per side eliminator be adopted in any match:
1 Subject to weather conditions the one over per side eliminator will take place on the scheduled day of the match at a time to be determined by the CSA Match Referee. In normal circumstances it shall commence 10 minutes after the conclusion of the match.
2 The amount of extra time allocated to the Super Over is the greater of (a) the extra time allocated to the original match less the amount of extra time actually utilised and (b) the gap between the actual end of the match and the time the original match would have been scheduled to finish had the whole of the extra time provision been utilised. Should play be delayed prior to or during the Super Over, once the playing time lost exceeds the extra time allocated, the Super Over shall be abandoned.