Cobras claim bonus-point win over Dolphins
A Vaughn van Jaarsveld century was not enough for the Sunfoil Dolphins as the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras won by 55 runs, and claimed a bonus point, in the Momentum One Day Cup match at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.
Full Scorecard – Cape Cobras v Dolphins
Chasing a target of 230, the Dolphins were all out for 174 -- although only nine wickets were taken as Craig Alexander could not bat due to the injury he sustained while fielding.
Van Jaarsveld was the last man out, making a career best score of 116 off 133 balls, which included 12 boundaries and a six. Van Jaarsveld could not find the support that the team needed, except from Cody Chetty.
Johann Louw bowled beautifully upfront, moving the ball away from the right-handers. Louw's opening spell of 6-0-10-3 set the tone for the opening 15 overs.
Louw had Cameron Delport (0) caught at second slip by Justin Kemp with a ball that straightened just a tad. In Louw's second over, the dismissal of the Dolphins captain, Daryn Smit (0), was almost identical to the Delport dismissal, although there was no foot movement from Smit.
The very next over, the wily Charl Langeveldt had the bails of Imraan Khan's (4) stumps flying everywhere, as the ball crashed into the top of offstump. This had the men from the East Coast reeling om seven for the loss of three wickets.
Three overs later, Louw turned the Dolphins' predicament into a quagmire as he got the dangerous David Miller (2) to feather one to the 'keeper and have the Dolphins at 14 for four.
Step up Vaughn van Jaarsveld. The 27-year-old from Johannesburg found some support from Chetty and the two set about carving out a 103-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Chetty was eventually out trying to loft Justin Ontong over the inner ring, caught at mid-off by Alistair Gray for a well played 31 off 59 deliveries.
Two more quick wickets were to follow as Robbie Frylinck (3) was completely castled by Lizaad Williams and then Kyle Abbott (0) was run out after a mix-up with Van Jaarsveld.
A 30-run partnership developed between Van Jaarsveld and Prenelan Subrayen (6) with Van Jaarsveld moving to his third List-A century off 118 balls which included nine boundaries and a six.
Subrayen eventually succumbed to the pressure that Langeveldt was putting on him, by lifting a ball to mid-off where Gray took his second catch. At this stage the Dolphins were 160 for eight and needing to score at almost ten runs to the over.
Once Prenelan was out, Van Jaarsveld only had Lonwabo Tsotsobe left and the top order batsman started striking the ball as much and as hard as he could. Eventually Van Jaarsveld holed out to long off where Andrew Puttick took a simple catch off the bowling of Kemp.
Louw finished with figures of 3-24 and formed a brilliant opening spell of bowling with Langeveld, who ended with 2-24.
Earlier, the Cobras had stuttered to a total of 229 all out, committing the cardinal sin of not batting out the overs.
Were it not for Dane Vilas (84) and Richard Levi (55), the Cobras might not have reached 150.
Yet again it was the Cobras middle order that failed to deliver. Yaseen Vallie (9), Justin Ontong (19) and Justin Kemp (14) failed to kick on from where Levi and Vilas ended.
There was a great bowling performance from Craig Alexander (5-0-17-2) before he injured himself preventing a boundary. The 19-year-old right-arm off-break bowler Prenelan Subrayen was the only one to complete his 10 overs and returned 2-41.
The wickets were spread around, Delport (1-19), Imraan Khan (1-28) and Lonwabo Tsotsobe (1-37) all contributed with the ball, and the Dolphins' captain, Daryn Smit, will be a little disheartened by the fact that Alexander could only bowl five overs.
The Cobras have now leapfrogged the Dolphins on the log. The Dolphins remain on 12 points while the Cobras move to 14.
The Cobras now travel to Potchefstroom to take on the high-flying bizhub Highveld Lions while the Dolphins host the Chevrolet Knights in Pietermaritzburg.
NASHUA MOBILE CAPE COBRAS: Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Justin Ontong (c), Yaseen Vallie, Dane Vilas (w/k), Justin Kemp, Alistair Gray, Johann Louw, Charl Langeveldt, Lizaad Williams.
SUNFOIL DOLPHINS: Cameron Delport, Imraan Khan, Daryn Smit (c, w/k), Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller, Cody Chetty, Robbie Frylinck, Kyle Abbott, Penelan Subrayen, Craig Alexander, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.