Louw shines as Cobras romp to easy win
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, spearheaded by Johann Louw, romped to an emphatic victory by an innings and 50 runs against the hapless Chevrolet Warriors within two days of their scheduled four-day Sunfoil Series encounter at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday.
Full scorecard – Warriors v Cape Cobras
Louw captured a career-best 7 for 42 in 8.3 overs as he almost single-handedly demolished the Warriors as they were dismissed for a paltry 84 runs in their second innings.
Charl Langeveldt finished with 2-23 in five overs.
Louw's match figures of 10 for 79 were just reward for his sustained excellence as he tormented the Warriors with a fuller length and deliveries that moved both ways off the seam.
The Cobras earned 16.82 points from the game, while the Warriors managed to grab only four points.
The Cobras are the log leaders with 79.58 points after six matches, while the Warriors are provisionally second on 55.62 after the same number of games.
Paul Adams, the visiting coach, said Louw deserved his match figures of 10 for 79.
“The wicket was a tricky one, as the ball moved off the seam.
“Johann moved it both ways off the seam and also swung it through the air. He did not concede anything, bowled a fuller length and his discipline and skill contributed to his rich reward.”
The Cobras resumed on 165 for six on Friday morning, a slender first-innings lead of 58 runs.
Basheer Walters produced a career-best 6-64 in 16.3 overs to restrict the visitors to 241. Ayabulela Gqamane, with 3-63 in fourteen overs, supported him well.
Justin Ontong, with a defiant undefeated 90 off 111 deliveries, played a pivotal role in ensuring that the Cobras stretched their lead to 134 runs.
He was severe on anything slightly short or full, and hit several sparkling boundaries through cover, past point or through midwicket.
The Warriors started their second innings with the firm belief that if they could manage 300 runs or more on a challenging wicket, they would have a realistic chance of victory.
But Louw did not adhere to the Warriors' script. He struck five times in the first eleven overs of the second innings to reduce the hosts to 37 for seven.
He claimed his first second-innings scalp in the first over when he trapped Davy Jacobs in front for a duck with a delivery that cut back off the seam.
Langeveldt’s double-strike accounted for Michael Price (0) and Jon-Jon Smuts (8), both caught in the slip cordon as they were unable to defend against the seaming ball.
Louw then caught Arno Jacobs (8) off his own bowling when he top-edged an attempted hook shot.
Louw had Simon Harmer (4) and Christiaan Jonker (0) caught by Alistair Gray at first slip off successive deliveries that swung and seamed.
The experienced former test player Ashwell Prince was also defeated by a delivery that seamed back into the left-hander and trapped him in front for 11.
Walters finished as the top-scorer for the Warriors with a swashbuckling 25 off eleven deliveries, with four fours and a six.
Beuran Hendricks terminated his cameo when he had him caught after lunch at second slip by Andrew Puttick.
Louw produced another full, swinging delivery, inducing a drive from Gqamane, and he was caught at third slip by Stiaan van Zyl for 8.
The 33-year old swing bowler trapped Gurshwin Rabie in front with his next delivery to complete the Warriors’ misery as they were bundled out for 84.
From the hosts' perspective, they must have been devastated by their collapses as they lost nine wickets for 56 runs in 20.4 overs on Thursday afternoon, and imploded in almost similar fashion on Friday.
Apart from Davy Jacobs, who has scored 450 runs in six Sunfoil Series games, and Colin Ingram, who averages 54 this season, the batting order has been woefully out of touch.
With this win, the Cobras have created daylight between themselves and the chasing pack at the top of the Sunfoil Series table, and have strengthened their chances immensely of reclaiming the domestic four-day trophy.
Report Day 1
CHEVROLET WARRIORS: Davy Jacobs (capt), Michael Price, Jon-Jon Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Christiaan Jonker, Wayne Parnell, Simon Harmer, Basheer Walters, Ayabulela Gqamane, Andrew Birch.
NASHUA MOBILE CAPE COBRAS
: Justin Ontong (capt), Andrew Puttick, Alistair Gray, Stiaan van Zyl, Yasheen Vallie, Dane Vilas, Justin Kemp, Lizaad Williams, Johann Louw, Beuran Hendricks, Qaasim Adams.