PORT ELIZABETH, September 11, 2010 (AFP) – A dream start for South African franchises in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament continued on Saturday as Eastern Cape Warriors defeated Wayamba Elevens by seven wickets. South African President Jacob Zuma and Spanish singing megastar Enrique Iglesias were among those who witnessed star-less Highveld Lions shock the Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians in the opening match on Friday.
After the Sri Lankans won the toss and made 153-9, the Warriors recovered from the early exit of opener Ashwell Prince at St George’s Park to take control with 37-year-old wicketkeeper Mark Boucher (40 not out) top scoring.
The end came after 18.2 overs when the South Africans reached 156-3 with Justin Kreusch (37 not out), Colin Ingram (34) and skipper Davy Jacobs (26) contributing valuable knocks.
“It is great getting off to a winning start. Playing at home is a major motivation and we do not feel any pressure. We also play together all the time rather than coming together for tournaments and that helps,” said Jacobs.
Losing skipper Jehan Mubarak was not downcast: “We can do much better than today. I do not regret batting first although we needed another 20 or 30 runs and