Phi­lan­der tre­ble clinches win for Co­bras

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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