Cobras’ batsmen set up victory
Half-centuries from Dane Vilas, Stiaan van Zyl and Justin Ontong propelled the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras to a seven-wicket win over the bizhub Highveld Lions in their Momentum One Day Cup match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
Full Scorecard – Lions v Cobras
The Cobras, chasing the Lions’ 245 for five, raced to 246 for three to secure victory with six balls of their innings remaining.
The match had been reduced to 37 overs per innings after the start of play was delayed for two hours by a wet pitch.
Vilas was in sumptuous form as he surged to 78 not out off 71 balls. Van Zyl brought up his half-century off 58 balls and he faced seven more deliveries as he took his score to 57 with six fours before he was dismissed by paceman Garnett Kruger.
But it was Ontong who put the finishing touches to the run-chase with a scintillating 52 not out off a mere 27 deliveries with six fours and a six.
Van Zyl and Dane Vilas combined for a third-wicket partnership of 99 off 16.3 overs before Van Zyl was dismissed in the 28th over.
Vilas had been content to score at a run-a-ball until Van Zyl was dismissed but, after bringing up his fifty off 51 balls, he went into overdrive with his innings including seven fours.
Vilas and Ontong blitzed the Lions’ attack as their fourth-wicket partnership produced 85 runs off just 8.2 overs.
Richard Levi provided the Cobras’ innings with an explosive start as he romped to 37 off 28 deliveries with six fours and a six before he pulled a ball from seamer Zander de Bruyn to Aaron Phangiso at midwicket.
De Bruyn grabbed his second wicket when he had the left-handed Andrew Puttick (16) caught behind by keeper Quinton de Kock to end with figures of 2-43.
Earlier, the Lions’ total was built around opening batsman Stephen Cook’s 59 off 67 balls, his second fifty of this year’s tournament to go with two centuries
Cook’s half-century was backed up by Chris Morris, who slammed his way to 49 not out off 25 balls with eight fours, and Temba Bavuma, who scored a rapid 35 not out off 17 balls with six fours, then ensured that the innings ended in a flurry of boundaries as their unbroken sixth-wicket stand realised 80 runs off a mere 6.1 overs.
The Cobras had won the toss and elected to bat but Cook and Gulam Bodi made light of being inserted as they combined for a 92-run opening stand with the left-handed Bodi scoring 43 off 53 balls.
Bodi struck seven fours in his innings before he was bowled by off-spinner Ontong after attempting a sweep shot.
Ontong then had Quinton de Kock (10) caught at long-on to leave the Lions on 108 for two and Cook departed 11 runs later when he was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Alistair Gray.
Neil McKenzie (26) and Jean Symes (15) then added 38 runs off 5.4 overs before McKenzie was caught at long-off off the bowling of seamer Lizaad Williams with Symes departing short after, caught behind by keeper Vilas off swing bowler Charl Langeveldt.
Morris and Bavuma then took centre stage as the Lions managed 93 runs off the last 10 overs of their innings.
Ontong ended with figures of 2-39 off six overs.
BIZHUB HIGHVELD LIONS – Stephen Cook (capt), Gulam Bodi, Quinton de Kock (wk), Neil McKenzie, Temba Bavuma, Zander de Bruyn, Jean Symes, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Garnett Kruger, Pumelela Matshikwe.
NASHUA MOBILE CAPE COBRAS - Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Justin Ontong (capt), Yaseen Vallie, Dane Vilas (wk), Justin Kemp, Alistair Gray, Johann Louw, Charl Langeveldt, Lizaad Williams.