Clin­i­cal Klein­veltd leads Co­bras to vic­tory

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - STU­ART HESS

AF­TER a sea­son that’s fea­tured more drama than is nec­es­sary for any cricket side, this is a vic­tory the Cape Co­bras will trea­sure.

Clearly the ad­min­is­tra­tors at Western Cape Cricket will won­der if they should have acted sooner in mak­ing a coach­ing change at the fran­chise, for in Ash­well Prince they seem to have some­one the play­ers clearly re­spect and who has been able to gal­vanise that dress­ing room.

This was a win built on hard work. For while the Ti­tans were far from their best in this match – their skip­per Henry Davids called it their “worst” per­for­mance of the sea­son – they showed plenty of fight­ing spirit. That was no match for the Co­bras.

None more so than the vet­eran Rory Klein­veldt, who bowled mag­nif­i­cently through­out this match, and gained de­served re­ward on the fi­nal day with an 11th fran­chise first class ‘five-for.’

The Ti­tans re­sumed still 110 runs in ar­rears af­ter Dane Piedt’s smart dec­la­ra­tion on Satur­day evening, and the key was al­ways go­ing to be how they could bat through the first ses­sion.

How­ever Klein­veldt wouldn’t let them. He struck two sig­nif­i­cant blows in­side the first hour re­mov­ing Heino Kuhn, courtesy of a su­perb catch by Dane Vi­las, for 41 and then Dean El­gar with a beauty that bounced and left him off the sur­face giv­ing Vi­las an easy catch be­hind.

A few mo­ments ear­lier Ai­den Markram was out glov­ing an at­tempted hook against Lizaad Wil­liams and when Henry Davids was bowled off his el­bow – a vi­cious de­liv­ery from Klein­veldt – the Ti­tans were in deep trou­ble at 80/4.

They never got out of it as the Co­bras con­tin­ued to main­tain a vice-like grip thanks to the dis­ci­pline and pa­tience of Ja­son Smith and Tshepo Moreki. Grant Mokoena again failed to as­sert him­self and was trapped lbw for five by Moreki af­ter spend­ing nearly 90 min­utes at the crease.

Once again Hein­rich Klaasen was left to dis­play his fight­ing qual­i­ties back­ing up his half­cen­tury in the first in­nings with an­other in the sec­ond, but there was lit­tle sup­port from the rest of

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