Co­bras lead the charge

Cape Town fran­chise turn on the style to top 4-Day se­ries log as white ball cricket re­sumes

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - KHANYISO TSHWAKU

With the South African do­mes­tic sum­mer mov­ing to the first part of the lim­ited overs leg of the sea­son‚ the red ball pro­gramme will be tak­ing a break.

How­ever‚ the five rounds of the FourDay Fran­chise Se­ries served up some in­ter­est­ing cricket and the Cape Co­bras‚ de­spite their heavy de­feat against the Highveld Li­ons in Paarl on Thurs­day‚ will re­main at the top of the ta­ble.

This is how the tour­na­ment has panned out so far.

1. Cape Co­bras – Four wins from five games (103.96 points).

The Cape Co­bras were su­perb in four of their five games and even won two games when chas­ing. That’s a sign of a team who are not only con­fi­dent in their abil­ity‚ but in know­ing when and how to fight back.

2. Highveld Li­ons – Three wins from five matches with one draw (91.72 points).

Enoch Nkwe’s side had one bad show­ing when they were crushed by the Cape Co­bras early in Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter that dis­ap­point­ing game‚ they’ve made up for lost ground with con­vinc­ing wins against the Knights and the Co­bras to keep the lat­ter wor­ried at the top.

3. Knights – Two wins‚ two losses and a draw (71.56 points).

When the Knights have been good‚ which was the case in the home wins against the Dol­phins (five wick­ets) and the War­riors (284 runs)‚ they’ve been very good.

They played some smart cricket in their draw against the War­riors be­fore crush­ing them in Kim­berly.

4. War­riors – One win‚ two draws and two losses (61.4 points).

This is also a youngish side with a new coach and at times in their per­for­mances‚ it showed. They har­ried the Dol­phins into a shock de­feat in Dur­ban and were dis­ap­pointed not to get more out of draws against the Knights and the Ti­tans de­spite the ad­verse weather.

5. Ti­tans – One loss and four draws

(58.54 points).

Bar­ring the loss to the Cape Co­bras‚ the weather hasn’t been very friendly to the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. In their draws‚ the Ti­tans have been in rea­son­able po­si­tion and against the Dol­phins‚ they could have won if they had more time.

6. Dol­phins – Three losses and two draws (45.66 points).

The weather has been a prob­lem for the Dol­phins but they’ve also been poor in their de­feats.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld has been a run­scor­ing main­stay (426 at 42.6).

Pic­ture: CARL FOURIE/GALLO IM­AGES

OFF THE SQUARE: Mthuwekhaya Nabe of Co­bras plays an ex­quis­ite square drive in their 4-Day Fran­chise Se­ries match against the Highveld Li­ons.

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