Panthers captain Ben Ryan has praised his batsman for their efforts in the scorching heat as his side started the new decade with a solid win against the Bulls.
Before the toss both captains agreed to reduce the match by ten overs each innings with the mercury at a blistering 43 degrees.
Panthers won the toss and self inserted and lost two early wickets with the score at 2-33 after six overs.
Batsman Nick Donker 99 (81) and Aidan Green 104 (71) would go on to show no mercy putting on a quick fire 200 run partnership.
Captain Ryan said he was proud of his top order batsman.
"Nick Donker and Aidan Green batted incredibly well, putting on over 100 runs in the last ten overs to get us to 250," Ryan said.
Bulls spinner Melwyn was the pick of the bowlers with 3-29 off six overs.
The Bulls then lost Damon Clarke (5) in the first over from an in swinging yorker from Tommy Gags (1-29) to put the pressure on the Bulls.
Bulls remained in the game throughout the match with Morrisby scoring a contentious 66.
Ryan (2-25) said the Panthers bowling was a bit wayward.
"We could have bowled better at times, they stayed in the chase until the last few overs.
"We were unlucky not to have the wicket of Morrisby earlier, but a bit of controversy meant he played a longer innings in vain," he said.
The Bulls finished on 205 losing by 45 runs.
In the second game the Black Stars batted first against the Cavaliers.
Cavaliers bowler Van Zyl removed the dangerous Scott Kyle (2) in the second over to apply some extra heat.
However, Nadish (43) and Thinee (36) would steady the ship with a 77 run partnership.
Black Stars batsman Scott Kyle said it was a fighting partnership.
"Andrew Lawrenson came out of retirement to score 53 off 32 balls and we battled to a total of 180 all out," Kyle said.
Cavaliers bowler Moro bowled tight taking 3-26 off seven overs.
The Black Stars got off to the perfect start off the back of a sharp spell of bowling from Thinee and the Cavaliers were on 3-5 after four overs.
Van Zyl then backed up his bowling with some fine batting to reach a handy 46.
After losing steady wickets the Cavaliers refused to give up with number ten batsman Perara scoring 30 not out and Number 11 batsman Moro 12 not out to get them home in the second last over.
This round has Black Stars taking on Panthers at Captain Cook Oval and Cavaliers against Bulls at Sunset Oval.
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