Five wickets for Charl
Veteran Langeveldt rips into Warriors at Newlands
VETERAN Cape Cobras pace bowler Charl Langeveldt grabbed a five-wicket haul, twice taking two wickets in an over, to help restrict the Warriors to 242-9 in the final of the One-day Cup here last night.
The innings ended with a flourish when No 11 batsman Makhaya Ntini smashed a six off Langeveldt, but earlier the Warriors had had to fight every inch of the way after falling to 80 for four wickets.
Cobras captain Justin Kemp put the opposition in and his bowlers responded well to have the Warriors, seeking to regain the title they last held two seasons ago, reeling on 33-3 in the ninth over.
The first breakthroughs for the Cobras were made by swing bowler Langeveldt, who sent back Arno Jacobs (19) and key man Colin Ingram (nought) in the space of three balls in the eighth over.
Jacobs was trapped in front and Ingram, who hit a century in Sunday’s play-off against the Knights, departed caught behind.
And when Dale Steyn found Jon-jon Smuts’ outside edge for another Mark Boucher catch an over later, the home side were in the driving seat.
Smuts scored 11, and the Warriors finished the first 10 overs with a disappointing 34-3.
Langeveldt’s second doublestrike came in the final over of the innings, when he had Simon Harmer and Wayne Parnell caught in the deep.
The hat-trick ball, however, was pumped for four over mid-off by Rusty Theron.
Earlier in the week, Warriors captain Ingram had said his team did not expect to have 80 on the board by the end of the first 10-over power-play, and were usually just looking for a solid start, on which they could build.
Things certainly did not go their way on the day.
Langeveldt, who will be 37 next week, justified his inclusion in the Cobras team ahead of other contenders like Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt, with his fivewicket return elevating him to 22 wickets in the competition, and the position of highest wicket-taker.
For the Warriors the saviours were former Cobras man Ashwell Prince (63 off 67 balls) and Johan Botha (48 off 61 balls).
The pair came together with the score on 80-4, and after Prince survived a stumping attempt on the same score (when he was on 24), they added 87 for the fifth wicket off 103 balls.
Prince eventually went caught at mid- off by Richard Levi off Langeveldt after chancing his arm once too often during the batting power-play, which ended in the 40th over.
Before going out in the 37th over Prince had an eventful 133 minutes at the crease.
On 13 a call on a catch at point was referred by the on- field umpires and Prince seemed to be given out before he was reinstated.
He also went down the track to off-spinner JP Duminy and missed his attempted drive, only for wicketkeeper Mark Boucher to fluff the stumping.
Befitting a batsmen of his experience, though, Prince toughed it out, collecting six fours, one of them a lovely cover-drive off Steyn.
Botha lasted until the last ball of the batting power-play, when his solid swipe off Jacques Kallis only went as far as Graeme Smith at short midwicket.
Botha hit four fours. The Warriors’ tail-enders connected a few times to find the boundary, and push the total well beyond the 200mark.
The second biggest partnership of the innings was the 47 off 72 balls between Prince and Justin Kreusch (23 off 40 balls, two fours) for the fourth wicket.
This re-building effort came to an end when Kreusch drove one back at Steyn (2-58) and the Proteas strike bowler nonchalantly plucked the ball out of the air with his left hand.
If that was an example of good catching, the Cobras were not that good in the field overall. At least three genuine chances went down, with Kemp, Boucher and Justin Ontong the culprits.
The Cobras’ vastly experienced line-up may have superb skills in the bowling and batting disciplines, but their fielding has often disappointed in the competition.
Full report in later editions
DEADLY LANGERS: Charl Langeveldt claims the wicket of star Warriors’ batsman Ashwell Prince in yesterday’s Final at Newlands.