Five wick­ets for Charl

Vet­eran Langeveldt rips into War­riors at New­lands

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

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

Gallo Im­ages

DEADLY LANGERS: Charl Langeveldt claims the wicket of star War­riors’ bats­man Ash­well Prince in yes­ter­day’s Fi­nal at New­lands.

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