Showing more intent with the bat and improving in the field are the two areas targeted by the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in the match against the Warriors at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Coach Ashwell Prince was full of praise for the bowling of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in the power play, and he also singled out the way the team handled the critical moments of matches, which explains why they have won four out of five games.

“Rory Kleinveldt and Vernon Philander have bowled brilliantly in the power plays which has served us very well,” Prince said.

“I anticipate the Warriors to play well in the next game, which makes them a dangerous outfit to conquer.”

Speaking about the batting, he said, “I want the team to show more intent throughout the 20 overs. That also means that they must increase the tally of boundaries. Most of our runs have come in the last four overs,” he said.

The winning of the toss has been an important factor in winning games, and so has the dew factor, which makes it a bit of a lottery.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have not scored 170 yet in the competition in which the two slow bowlers of each team have played their roles splendidly in restricting teams.

The way the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have handled the pressure with their bowlers has been a revelation, as was the case against the bizhub Highveld Lions and the VKB Knights.

“We had no right to win the match against the Knights, but Tladi Bokako bowled a brilliant spell and Nkululeko Serame bowled well, while Vernon and Rory finished it off at the end,” said Prince.

Prince also praised the role of the elder statesmen in the squad, Kleinveldt, Philander and Hashim Amla, in guiding the young squad on and off the field.

Prince added, “JP Duminy is still undergoing rehabilitation and will only be available for the last two games of the group phase.”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Rory Kleinveldt (capt), Hashim Amla, David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander, Nkululeko Serame, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

A century by Byron Boshoff helped Durbanville Cricket Club (DCC) seal victory at the Momentum National Club Championships when they beat Clares Cricket Club on the fifth and final day in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The right-hander ended unbeaten on 118 off 127 balls (11 fours, 1 six) as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras representatives won by seven wickets – concluding a perfect week where they won all five of their fixtures.

There was also a massive two-wicket upset win for Madibaz Cricket Club over Assupol Tuks, while Kovsies Cricket Club ended their trip to Gauteng well by thumping Impala Cricket Club by nine wickets in the day’s other game.

But all the focus on day five was on the Cape side, DCC at TUT Oval. They won the toss and asked Clares to bat first, with the Durbanites responding by posting a competitive 220/7.

Khalipha Cele (53 off 86 balls, 3 fours) and Bradley Porteous (61 off 70 balls, 4 fours) led the way for the KwaZulu-Natal side as both struck half-centuries. Jaco Castle (2/18) and Tashwin Lukas (2/27) grabbed two wickets apiece.

In reply, DCC lost Kudakwashe Samunderu (5) early, but a 140-run, second-wicket stand between Boshoff and Pieter Malan, who hit 68 off 89 balls (8 fours) gave the Capetonians control and they eventually finished the job with 4.4 overs to spare.

Victory was their fifth out of five and took them to 23 points on the table, eight more than Tuks and 11 clear of Clares after they ended third.

The former ended their competition with a loss to Madibaz at their home ground, Tuks Oval where the men from the Eastern Cape pegged them back to 141 all out in 49.1 overs after winning the toss and bowling.

Several players excelled with the ball – Henco Vorstman (2/22), Sean Callaghan (2/28), Justin Banks (2/26) and Kenan Smith (2/39) – all grabbing two wickets apiece in their 10 over spells.

Christopher Britz, the last man out, was the only batsman to really trouble the opposition with a top score of 42.

Madibaz then made heavy weather of the chase by losing wickets regularly. They were 14/2 early on, 63/5 a little later and then 104/7 with two wickets each from Nico van Zyl (2/28) and Dian Forrester (2/22) doing the damage.

However, they had Joshua van Heerden (35) to thank for holding on to his wicket through the carnage, and then Smith (27 not out) showed good fight later on to take them over the line with 37 deliveries remaining.

Finally, Wizard Ncedane led a fine bowling display that ultimately proved key for Kovsies in their nine-wicket triumph over Impala. The medium-pacer claimed three for 49 to help his side dismiss their opponents for 143.

He was well-supported by Siphamandla Mavanda (2/8), Christo van Staden (2/9) and AJ van Wyk (2/33) – the Johannesburg side bowled out in 33 overs.

Breezy half-centuries from Wihan Victor (53 off 52 balls, 8 fours) and Stephan van Vollenhoven (54 off 40 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) then powered the VKB Knights representatives to victory with more than 30 overs to spare.

The Momentum National Club Championships was put together by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and encompassed the six outright winners of the Franchise regional play-offs, all playing against each other in a 50-over format.

 

Outstanding death bowling by Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras extend their lead at the top of the CSA T20 Challenge table thanks to a narrow five-run win over the VKB Knights in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The pair claimed two for 43 in eight overs between them, restricting the visitors to 145 for seven in pursuit of 151 at PPC Newlands.

The Knights looked on course for victory at 111 for two in the 15th over thanks to Patrick Kruger’s 57 off 38 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes).

However, they then lost their way, and even though 19 were needed from the final two overs with five wickets in hand, veterans Philander and Kleinveldt were miserly enough to secure the win.

It was the Cobras’ fourth win in five games this season as they moved six points clear. The Central Franchise, meanwhile, were left bottom of the table and still searching for a first win.

The Knights win the toss and bowled first, with the home side having to rely on David Bedingham (50 off 42 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) for most of their scoring. 

Hashim Amla (4) again failed, with the log leaders also having to rely on Philander (30 not out) and George Linde (22 not out) to lift them to 150 for five.

 The reply was a strong one by the visiting side for three-quarters of the way as Kruger received support from Raynard van Tonder (30) and Pite van Biljon (19).

 But Philander (1/17) and Kleinveldt (1/26) pegged them back to sneak a third straight home win for the Cobras.

 

 

After their 8-run victory over the Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Sunday, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are sitting top of the table after 4 rounds of the CSA T20 Challenge, but according to assistant coach Faiek Davids, “we have not produced a clinical (and perfect) match yet.”

“If the batting line-up clicks, we can score 170 to 200 every time,” he added.

Hashim Amla showed signs of his best form by top-scoring with 32 against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, but coach Ashwell Prince said, “There’s definitely some improvement we can make in the batting department, especially partnerships. Quite a few batsmen chipped in with 20s and 30s but we need better partnerships in the batting department.”

“At one stage it was looking like it was going to be a more comfortable margin for victory so we didn’t finish off clinically with the ball. We’re happy with the 4 points but there’s a lot of room for improvement,” he added.

Davids said, “Vernon and Rory bowled excellently in the power play, but we were disappointed in the way Dane Paterson responded at the business-end of the innings. We were under the pump in the death overs, but we do understand that Rob Frylinck is a very good finisher.”

 We have had fantastic back-to-back wins. If we beat a good white-ball team like the Knights on Tuesday at Newlands – we will be in a really good position for the away games coming up,” added Davids.

“The experiment with two spinners worked very well,” Davids said.

 Nkululeko Serame captured 2-28 in his 4 overs and George Linde went for just 25 in his 4 overs.

 The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were served well by the spinners in the weekend double-header on Friday and Sunday. Aviwe Mgijima in the role of part-time spinner, nipped out 3-14 on Friday and played a significant part in the seven-wicket win against the Warriors.

 Davids said the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras won’t underestimate the VKB Knights, who have several big hitters in their team including Patrick Kruger and Pite van Biljon, as well as the all-round capabilities of Shadley van Schalkwyk.

The CSA T20 Challenge match between the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and VKB Knights starts at 6pm. Tickets are available at the gate.

 

 

Rory Kleinveldt produced the outstanding figures of two for nine in four overs as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras moved to the top of the CSA T20 Challenge table thanks to a narrow eight-run win over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Cape Town on Sunday.

 Out-of-sorts Hashim Amla also showed some glimpses of a return to form by top-scoring for the hosts with a run-a-ball 32 that helped them post 152 for six after being put in to bat first at PPC Newlands.

There were also handy contributions in the 20s by Kyle Verreynne (28), George Linde (27 not out) and Aviwe Mgijima (23).

 However, the visitors would have been relatively happy to have restricted their target to 153 thanks to strong bowling displays by Robbie Frylinck (2/27) as well as spinners Keshav Maharaj (1/20) and Prenelan Subrayen (1/23) – all three sending down their full quota of overs.

 The reply of the Dolphins was a mess as Kleinveldt, who delivered 17 dot balls in his spell, struck twice in his first seven deliveries to remove Sarel Erwee (2) and Morne van Wyk (1).

 And when Vernon Philander (1/28) had Cody Chetty (7) caught behind in the fourth over, the KwaZulu-Natal side were limping on 13 for three.

 They feel into an even deeper hole after Nkululeko Serame’s spin yielded two for 28 and left them on 63 for five by the 14th over.

Then came a near rescue act by Khaya Zondo and Frylinck, who shared in an unbroken 81-run sixth-wicket stand that nearly pulled off an upset.

The captain collected his seventh career half-century to end on 53 not out off 49 balls (1 four, 2 sixes), while veteran all-rounder Frylinck was sensational on his way to an unbeaten 23-ball 47.

 Despite the big hitting, however, the Dolphins were always well behind the game – they needed 54 off 18, 48 off 12 and eventually 24 off six, which proved a mountain too big to scale.

Janneman Malan’s sensational century enabled the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to strike back from a heavy midweek defeat and seal a lop-sided seven-wicket bonus-point win over the Warriors in their latest CSA T20 Challenge encounter in Paarl on Friday.

The right-hander plundered 12 fours and a six on his way to 103 not out off 57 balls – which helped the hosts comfortably chase down a 152-run target with 25 deliveries to spare.

It was Malan’s second 20-over century, but first at franchise level and kept the crowd entertained throughout at Eurolux Boland Park.

Earlier it was Aviwe Mgijima that was the unlikely hero with the ball for Ashwell Prince’s side. The medium-pacer nabbed a career-best three for 14 to restrict the visitors to 151 for eight after the home side had won the toss and elected to bowl first.

 There was good support all round, particularly from new ball pair of captain Rory Kleinveldt (2/27) and Vernon Philander (1/25).

 Dane Paterson (1/34) and Tladi Bokako (1/19) also managed a wicket each, with none of the Warriors’ batsmen really firing.

They lost wickets regularly throughout, and in the end, the 28 by Gihahn Cloete up front ended up being the top score.

At one stage, they had slipped to 100 for seven, before an unbeaten 25 by Sisanda Magala and 18 not out through Jade de Klerk at least lifted them to a respectable total.

 But it was a total that proved to be no match for the Cobras and their big-hitting opener Malan in particular as he ruthlessly dispatched the bowlers to all corners of the ground.

 He shared in an opening stand of 61 with Hashim Amla, whose seven off 12 balls was probably the only major blip for the Cobras as the veteran Standard Bank Proteas opener battles to find his form.

 A further 46 with David Bedingham (26) followed to take the home side past 100 in the 11th over, and despite the loss of two further wickets, Malan stood tall to reach three figures in 55 balls and then completing the job with 4.1 overs to spare.

 The result took the hosts top of the table after three rounds of the competition with nine points, with the away side remaining on six points.

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras assistant coach Faiek Davids has backed Hashim Amla to come good and hopes the CSA T20 Challenge encounter against the Warriors at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl on Friday is when the veteran batsman will find his touch again.

The Standard Bank Proteas opener, who turned 36 last month, has been forced to take time off from competitive cricket in recent months due to family reasons.  He has also not been in the best of form, especially in the recent international series against Sri Lanka.

But he did show plenty of promise to start the year when South Africa beat Pakistan, raising hope that he was back to his best again. But he has hit a slump since then and failed to make too many runs in the first two matches of the competition.

But Davids has no doubt that Amla will soon turn the corner. “Hashim has obviously been on a bad run of form, but he is a quality player,” he said. “If he’s available to play then we’re happy to have him in the team. He is a massively experienced player and has a wealth of runs behind his name.

“We know he’s just one knock away from getting it right, so we back him and quite happy to have him here.”

The Cobras lost badly to the Multiply Titans in midweek, going down by seven wickets and conceding a bonus point in the process.

But Davids was still happy to have one win from the first two matches on the road ahead of a busy weekend.

“We’ve played two away games to start and will take one out of two against two strong sides,” he added. “We need to bounce back tomorrow and we know the importance of starting well at home.

“The guys are quite geared up, we had a bit of the rough end of the stick with the dew last night…but no excuses. We’re in Paarl now and need to set the record straight.”

Warriors coach Rivash Gobind, meanwhile, saw his side’s game against the VKB Knights in midweek abandoned on account of the weather.

The Eastern Cape side are top of the table at the moment and Gobind hopes they can stay there after the trip to the Cobras.

“It’s always nice to get some momentum going, but unfortunately we couldn’t get that after our game was abandoned,” he said. “That was out of our control and the weather is much more promising for tomorrow.

“We look forward to turning in a good performance against a Cobras side that we know is extremely dangerous.”

Coach Ashwell Prince has kept the same squad for Friday’s match in Paarl.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Rory Kleinveldt (capt), Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, David Bedingham, George Linde, Hashim Amla, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Simon Khomari, Tladi Bokako, Vernon Philander

 

A measured half-century by Henry Davids laid the platform for the Multiply Titans to claim their first win of the CSA T20 Challenge season with a seven-wicket bonus-point win over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Benoni on Wednesday.

The veteran opener struck 57 off 39 balls (8 fours, 1 six), batting for 14 overs, as the hosts chased down a 151-victory target with 26 balls to spare.

There were also useful contributions by Theunis de Bruyn (29 off 13 balls) and Diego Rosier (43 not out off 27 balls) – the defending champions making light work of a tricky target at Willowmoore Park.

The result also represented a perfect response to the home side’s disappointing opening loss when they were beaten by the Warriors, and the weather, on the DLS Method over the weekend.

Mark Boucher’s side were excellent throughout on the East Rand, and after winning the toss and bowling, they chipped away regularly to keep the Cobras in check.

Shaun von Berg (1/18) and the double-handed Gregory Mahlokwana (1/19) were excellent, while Eldred Hawken (1/39) picked up the key wicket of Hashim Amla (2) early on.

There were 20s from Janneman Malan (22), Simon Khomari (20) and Vernon Philander (22 not out), while Kyle Verreynne struck an impressive 44 off 38 before taking a blow from a Junior Dala delivery that forced him to retire hurt.

 Rory Kleinveldt smashed two sixes in the final over that gave the away side a seemingly competitive 150 for five.

But that total proved no match for the Titans as they eased to victory and second place on the standings.

 

The magnificent death-over bowling of Dane Paterson was not the only positive factor of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ inspirational 5-run win against the bizhub Highveld Lions on Sunday. The leadership and bowling of Rory Kleinveldt and the partnership of Vernon Philander and Aviwe Mgijima were two other outstanding features of the thrilling victory, said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Davids said, “We are more relaxed in terms of our preparation and more focused on being match ready for the next three games in the space of six days.

“We want to play with smiles on our faces, operate with freedom, creativeness and express our skills. Hashim Amla is in the team with a point to prove as far as World Cup selection is concerned. We want the other batsmen to increase their strike-rate while they bat around Hash and Kyle Verreynne,” Davids said.

Asked how Paterson was transformed from his disappointing Momentum One Day campaign to his match-winning performance on Sunday, Davids said, “It all comes down to execution of his skills and also conviction. The team management have given him the responsibility to set his own fields. He can only grow in confidence after Sunday’s performance.”

Kleinveldt impressed with his body language and the calmness with which he executed his skills as bowler and captain.

The conditions were conducive to bowling on Sunday because the ball did not really come onto the bat. “We posted a defendable total and we believed that we could defend it,” Davids added.

Asked about the match against the Multiply Titans on Wednesday, Davids said: “Our confidence is there because we beat a strong Lions team. The Titans also field a very good white-ball team. We have nothing to lose and we are going to play with confidence and freedom.

“We have a need to execute,” he added.

Davids hinted that there was still a need to improve, as their clash against the Highveld Lions was only a 7-out-of-10 performance and one or two catches were grassed, while the highest score with the blade was 31.

“We have got the power at the back to launch in George Linde, Vernon, Rory and Paterson,” said Davids.

The Cobras play three games in the next five days, against the Multiply Titans tomorrow, against the Warriors at Eurolux Boland Park on Friday and against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Sunday.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Rory Kleinveldt (capt), Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, David Bedingham, George Linde, Hashim Amla, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Simon Khomari, Tladi Bokako, Vernon Philander

Dane Paterson bowled one of the great death overs of his career to earn the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras a thrilling five-run victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions to complete an outstanding opening weekend of the CSA T20 Challenge at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

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The Lions entered the final over, needing just 8 runs for victory with five wickets in hand although neither of their batsmen at the crease, Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorius, had faced a ball at that stage.

Paterson conceded only two runs off his final six balls and took three wickets, one of them as the result of a direct hit run out to remove Mulder. If one also takes in account the fact that he hit the final ball of the Cobras innings for a six, then his contribution was immense.

Other key contributions for the Cobras came from the partnership of 58 of just 34 balls between Vernon Philander and Aviwe Mgjima.

Remarkably both sides had 104 runs on the board with six overs left in their innings and in the end this partnership plus Paterson’s final ball six proved just sufficient.

The Lions reply was set up by an entertaining innings of 69 off 43 balls with three fours and four sixes by Ryan Rickelton who confirmed the favourable impression he made in the Mzansi Super League earlier in the season.

It also served to highlight one of the important by-products of this competition to provide opportunities for fringe franchise players. The 22-year-old Rickelton was one such example as was the 23-year-old Marques Ackerman in the Hollywoodbets Dolphins victory over the VKB Knights on Saturday evening.

Paterson was named bowler of the match and the batting award went to Philander.