Philander treble clinches win for Cobras
CAPE COBRAS all-rounder Ver non Philander grabbed three wickets for 51 runs in the final eight overs to ensure his side improved their recent record in the MTN 40 competition to five wins in the last six games with a two-run victory over the Diamond Eagles in Kimberley last night.
The Eagles were in the contest until Philander’s triple strike and eventually reached 283/6 with late big-hitting, in reply to the Cobras’ 285/2.
Best batsmen for the Eagles were Morné van Wyk with 77 (off 75 balls, nine fours and a six) and Adrian McLaren with 61 (off 47 balls, seven fours and a six).
Earlier Cobras left-hander Stiaan van Zyl hit his second century in two games.
Van Zyl, 22, compiled a career-best limited overs score of 114 not out off 105 balls, hitting 13 fours. His third century in 45-or 40-overs cricket took him past the 1,000-run mark in the formats, and followed two days after his previous hundred, 101 against the Dolphins in Durban on Wednesday.
He was not the only Cobras player in good batting form. Van Zyl’s opening partner Andrew Puttick contributed 58 off 75 balls, which included six fours and a six, while No 3 batsman Herschelle Gibbs slammed a 53-ball 79, with seven fours and four sixes.
Last night Puttick and Van Zyl added 116 runs for the first wicket at five to the over, but Van Zyl and Gibbs almost doubled that scoring rate by adding 148 runs for the second wicket at 9.86 per over, until Gibbs was dismissed with 11 balls left in the innings.