Harmer sends Co­bras spin­ning to de­feat

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

BLOND War­riors off­spin­ner Si­mon Harmer mes­merised the Cape Co­bras bats­men at Paarl yes­ter­day as he bowled his team to a 139- run vic­tory in their Su­per­Sport Se­ries clash, with ca­reer- best first- class fig­ures of eight for 72.

The 22- year- old took seven wick­ets in a row af­ter new- ball bowler An­drew Birch had sent opener An­drew Puttick back off the 12th ball of the fi­nal day.

The Co­bras had started the day on 20-0, chas­ing a vic­tory tar­get of 293 runs. They failed dis­mally, show­ing only the briefest flashes of re­sis­tance. The match – the Co­bras’ first de­feat in two sea­sons – was wrapped up by 2.25pm.

Harmer also had a hand in a run-out – the ninth wicket to fall – and then ended the match with his eighth scalp as top-scorer Dane Vi­las (57 off 67 balls, three fours and five sixs) holed out to Lyall Meyer on the lon­gon bound­ary.

The spin­ner trou­bled the Co­bras bats­men on a dry track which pre­sented him with a patch of rough to bowl into.

Harmer had a good game in his Su­per­sport de­but against the Co­bras in de­feat in Paarl in March this year, scor­ing a to­tal of 114 runs for once out, and pick­ing up a fivewicket haul. Be­fore yes­ter­day’s per­for­mance his best first- class fig­ures were 6- 55 for East­ern Prov­ince against Western Prov­ince in Port El­iz­a­beth ear­lier this sea­son.

Yes­ter­day he twice took two wick­ets in an over as the Co­bras never quite got their heads around the task be­fore them, which should have been within the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of a side of their strength.

The day did not start well for the Co­bras, with overnight bats­man Putttick (19 in 24 min­utes, four fours) go­ing caught be­hind off Birch.

A stand of 25 runs for the sec­ond wicket fol­lowed be­tween Yaseen Vallie and Sti­aan van Zyl be­fore the former was stumped for an 80-minute knock of 18 (one four) by Athenkosi Dy­ili, to give Harmer the first of his four wick­ets in the first ses­sion.

Harmer, tak­ing on the se­nior spin­ner’s role with Jo­han Botha away play­ing in Aus­tralia’s Big Bash League, kept all the bats­men in check, flight- ing clev­erly into the wind.

There was great ju­bi­la­tion when he snaf­fled the wicket of the in- form Justin On­tong for a duck two balls af­ter Vallie’s dis­missal. This time Dy­ili took a catch to get rid of the pro­lific right-han­der whose last five Su­per­Sport in­nings have in­cluded three half-cen­turies as well as a top score of 142 against the Lions two weeks ago.

When On­tong was out the Co­bras were in a bad way on 50-3, and Harmer and seamer Meyer in tan­dem dried up the runs. JP Du­miny (seven) and Van Zyl (20 in 101 min­utes, two fours) both fell to slip catches by Arno Ja­cobs as Harmer turned the ball away from them.

The Co­bras had needed some solid foun­da­tions to be laid at the start of the day, but they got any­thing but that thanks to the wily spin­ner’s ef­forts.

At lunch the Co­bras’ score stood on 75-5, and for a while af­ter the break cap­tain Justin Kemp (22 in 92 min­utes, one four) and Vi­las launched a res­cue at­tempt. Harmer it was who broke the six­th­wicket stand of 45 be­tween the two by trap­ping Kemp in front, and then three balls later hav­ing a third left-han­der in Robin Peter­son ( 0) caught at slip by Ja­cobs.

Vi­las, with the bat­tle all but lost, then hit out against the War­riors’ de­stroyer-in-chief, smack­ing five sixes, in­clud­ing three in one Harmer over.

The man of the match award went to War­riors cap­tain Colin In­gram for his scores of 140 and 92 not out, although Harmer might have rated a share of the spoils.

The win was the East­ern Cape side’s sec­ond in a row.

Michael Walker

EIGHT-WICKET WAR­RIOR: Si­mon Harmer, who took eight Co­bras wick­ets, is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates af­ter nab­bing JP Du­miny in Paarl yes­ter­day.

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