Co­bras bowlers skit­tle War­riors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MICHAEL DOMAN

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.

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