Cobras bowlers skittle Warriors
CHARL LANGEVELDT grabbed a competition-best 5/17 for the Cape Cobras to propel them to a 52-run MTN 40 victory over the Warriors at Newlands last night.
After scoring a disappointing 207 batting first, the Cobras atoned by limiting the Eastern Cape side to 155/9.
The Cobras’ seventh victory of the season did not change their log position. They will finish second and play a home semi-final in Paarl next week against opponents still to be determined.
Top team the Titans beat the Lions by 91 runs at Centurion last night and will host the other semi-final.
In last night’s other match the Diamond Eagles beat the Dolphins by 37 runs in Kimberley to keep alive their semifinal hopes.
The other Cobras bowler to excel was left-ar m spinner Robin Peterson, with 3/29.
The Cobras got off to their habitual good start, but lost their way after a century firstwicket stand. Openers Andrew Puttick (69 off 70 balls, eight fours and a six) and Stiaan van Zyl (47 off 46 balls, four fours and two sixes) put on 109 in 17.2 overs at about six to the over.
But then too many wickets tumbled too quickly. Van Zyl was the first to fall when he had his middle stump disturbed by Garnett Kruger, and four more wickets fell between 123 and 143 as the run-rate dwindled.
Captain Justin Kemp (38 off 50 balls, one four and one six) repaired the damage to a degree with Richard Levi (19 off 30 balls, one four) in a partnership of 44 for the sixth wicket. Then, when the slog was on in the final overs, none of the big-hitting tailenders could connect.
Proteas limited overs spinner Johan Botha was the most successful Warriors bowler, with 3/29, while new-ball pair Makhaya Ntini and Lonwabo Tsotsobe both grabbed two wickets.