Pol­ished per­for­mance from Co­bras bats­men

Pretoria News - - THE RSPORTACEG­OER - | Eshlin Vedan

A pol­ished per­for­mance with bat and ball from the Cape Co­bras earned them a valu­able five-run win over the Dol­phins in the One-Day Cup at Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Oval yes­ter­day.

Yes­ter­day’s game was re­duced to 43 overs for the Dol­phins who were set a re­vised tar­get of 286 fol­low­ing a rain de­lay dur­ing their chase. Af­ter Kerwin Mun­groo dis­missed Hanno Kotze (12) in the sixth over, Pi­eter Malan (71) and Zubayr Hamza (129) went on to put on a classy sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship of 111 which laid a plat­form for the Co­bras to post a for­mi­da­ble score.

Hamza’s knock was also sup­ported by Ge­orge Linde who ham­mered 49 from 28 balls be­fore be­ing trapped lbw by Ke­shav Ma­haraj as the Co­bras posted 320/6 from their 50 overs.

In re­sponse, the Dol­phins were look­ing good and were 121/1 when rain halted play. But the game was even­tu­ally won fol­low­ing Nan­dre Burger’s three wick­ets in the 41st over with the ca­su­al­ties be­ing Khaya Zondo, Ma­haraj and Prenelan Subrayen. Im­raan Tahir played a late cameo, scor­ing 17 from 11 de­liv­er­ies but his ef­forts were not enough to save the Dol­phins from their first One-Day Cup de­feat of the sea­son.

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