The Buildnat Cape Cobras are just one victory away from the top-three teams in the Sunfoil Series. “We have so much talent. It is about doing the basic things well,” said an elated Wayne Parnell, hero of the Cobras after their six-wicket win against the bizhub Highveld Lions.

“There is no way that such a talented team should be at the bottom of the log,” he added.

Parnell scored an unbeaten 103 off 131 balls to power the Cobras to their first Sunfoil Series win of the season.

“At the start of my innings, it was all about building a partnership with Omphile Ramela and about rotating the strike well. Substantial partnerships aided us well,” he said.

Parnell has now hammered two Sunfoil Series-tons in two seasons and has shown that he possesses the qualities to bat at number eight for South Africa.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Wherever I am needed, I will try and score runs.

“This win will boost our confidence and it is just about starting all over again on Thursday,” he said.

“We dominated the four days and even when they were batting well, we as a bowling unit restricted the Lions to an average of 2.1 runs per over at the start of the last day,” he added.

Stiaan van Zyl, number three batsman of the Cobras who struck 64 off 65 balls, said his mindset during the 125-run partnership with Parnell was to play with freedom. Occasionally, he stood leg-side of the ball and sometimes he used his feet to the spinners.

Van Zyl said what made Parnell’s innings special, was his aggressive nature. He actually likes the new ball and enjoys taking the attack to the spinners.

Parnell averaged 48.40 with the blade in the Sunfoil Series last season, an indication that he is growing In stature as a batsman.

The Buildnat Cape Cobras’ next Sunfoil Series match begins on Thursday 12th January at Buffalo Park in East London. The match starts at 10:00.