Lions thump Cobras by 8 wickets
The bizhub Highveld Lions beat the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras convincingly by eight wickets in their Sunfoil Series match at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
Full Scorecard – Cobras v Lions
The Lions needed a total of just 124 runs to win the match, and they reached their target for the loss of two wickets before tea.
With the Lions managing to post 270 in their first innings, handing them a vital 46-run lead, their opening bowling pair of Hardus Viljoen and Cliffe Deacon then ripped through the Cobras top order. Gray (5), Puttick (6) and Ontong (11) were all dismissed within 11 overs.
With the Cobras on 46-3, the next seven deliveries brought three wickets.
First Zander De Bruyn claimed his sixth wicket of the match, clean bowling Richard Levi for 12, leaving the home side effectively zero for four.
The next over things went from bad to worse when Ethan O’Reilly had Stiaan van Zyl caught behind for 10.
Two balls later he found the edge of Dane Vilas’s bat and Quinton De Kock took the catch behind the stumps, leaving the Cape-based side crumbling at 50 for six.
Qaasim Adams and Johann Louw desperately tried to build a partnership to help the Cobras post a score that they could try to defend.
The pair did well, putting on 31 runs before the close of play, leaving the Cobras 81-6 six overnight.
Adams started day three positively, hitting three boundaries in the opening three overs.
The fourth over however brought the end of Louw. The 33-year-old fell for 12 when he didn’t pick an Imran Tahir googly and was bowled.
When Charl Langeveldt joined Adams, the latter opened up, hitting a fantastic six over long-on off an O’Reilly delivery.
Tahir then claimed his second wicket when he trapped Langeveldt LBW for 19.
When Beuran Hendricks was out for a duck from a De Bruyn delivery, Adams attempted to gain as many runs as possible before the home side were bowled out, and he perished in the process.
The wicket was De Bruyn’s eighth of the match – Adams out for 88 from 95 deliveries and the Cobras all out for 169.
De Bruyn was again the pick of the Lions bowlers with 3/16, but all of the bowlers contributed: O’Reilly finished with 2/25, Tahir 2/41, Viljoen 2/67 and Deacon 1/17.
The Lions opening batsmen, Stephen Cook and Quinton de Kock faced just six overs before lunch and took their team into the break on 11 for no loss.
The pair continued to romp to victory in the second session as they hit the Cobras attack all around Newlands.
The 16th over saw the pair bring up their 50 partnership in just 70 minutes with De Kock being the main contributor with 37 of those runs.
With the Lions cruising at 68 for no loss, Justin Ontong threw the ball to Alistair Gray, who picked up the wicket of Cook for 16 in his first over.
Attempting to pull a short ball, the Lions captain hit it straight to Levi at short square leg.
The same over saw De Kock reach his half century from just 70 deliveries.
Gray’s next over produced the wicket of De Kock for 55, when the 20-year-old attempted a cut shot but got it on the edge of his bat and was caught by Puttick at slip.
It was too little too late for the Cobras though, as Temba Bavuma (14) and Neil McKenzie (28) knocked off the remaining runs required and the Lions claimed a convincing eight-wicket victory.
With match figures of 8-55, De Bruyn was the pick of the bowlers, while Tahir would have been satisfied with his contribution of four for 55 in the match.
Report Day 1
Report Day 2
CAPE COBRAS: Alistair Gray, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Richard Levi, Justin Ontong (capt), Qaasim Adams, Dane Vilas (wk), Johann Louw, Lizaad Williams, Charl Langeveldt, Beuran Hendricks.
HIGHVELD LIONS:Stephen Cook (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma, Neil McKenzie, Zander de Bruyn, Thami Tsolekile, Brett Pelser, Cliffe Deacon, Hardus Viljoen, Imran Tahir, Ethan O'Reilly.