David Warner breaks drought with first Canadian fifty

Former Australia vice-captain David Warner has led from the front two days in a row in Canada, finally breaking his run drought with a half-century on Friday AEST.

The banned Test player had opened the tournament with scores of one, four, one, six and zero.

But on Thursday he hit 42 in 35 balls as the Winnipeg Hawks chased down the Edmonton Royals’ target of 142 runs.

He shared an opening stand of 90 in 11.4 overs with Lendl Simmons before the West Indian batsman had to retire hurt on 38.

Warner was caught off Mohammad Irfan with the score on 124, but 37 not out from Mark Deyal ensured Winnipeg reached its target with 3.2 overs to spare.

The Australian was in the runs again on Friday in the second eliminator match against the Royals.

David Warner. Pic: Getty

Edmonton set a higher target this time, reaching 9-183 off their 20 overs, but it was again no trouble for Winnipeg.

Warner opened the innings with 55 runs off 36 balls, including five boundaries and four sixes.

It was his first fifty in cricket since the second Test of Australia’s ill-fated tour of South Africa.

Warner was removed in the 14th over with the Hawks sitting on 2-131, and young Queenslander Ben McDermott’s 65 not out off 39 led them to victory.

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with AP