Dean Elgar led Tshwane Spartans’ run-chase with a match-winning half-century against Jozi Stars to lift his side above in the Mzansi Super League points table.
The South African opening batsman was particularly strong straight down the ground, hammering four sixes and five boundaries in his 52–ball 79.
As a result, Spartans chased down 187 with three balls to spare.
Despite losing partners regularly at the other end, Elgar remained calm and his 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket with AB de Villiers sorted the tempo of the Spartans innings.
But when De Villiers holed out to Ryan Rickelton on the long-off boundary off Dwaine Pretorius’ bowling, it allowed the Jozi Stars to get themselves back into the contest.
The match was on the line heading into the last over with the Spartans requiring four runs off the final six balls. This was reduced to three runs of four balls before Zimbabwe international Sean Williams edged a Beuran Hendricks full toss to the third man boundary to edge the Spartans over the line.
Earlier. Jozi Stars had posted 186 for the loss of five wickets, primarily due to a sparkling cameo from Pite van Biljon, who smashed 42 off just 13 balls.
Proteas opening batsman Reeza Hendricks (55 off 48 balls) had provided the early momentum with a 46-ball half-century for the Jozi Stars, but the visitors from across the Jukskei River seemed to have lost their way against the spin during the middle overs when they were reduced to 112/3 at the end of the 15th over.