Pieter Malan was closing in on his third century of the season as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were fighting hard at the close of the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the bizhub Highveld Lions in Paarl on Wednesday.

 

The right-hander struck an unbeaten 95 (213 balls, 13 fours) to rescue the log leaders from a woeful start of 75 for five at Eurolux Boland Park to reach the close on 186 for five in pursuit of a 433-victory target.

 

Support from the other end was coming from all-rounder Jason Smith’s 59 not out (87 balls, 6 fours) – the pair sharing a 111-run sixth wicket stand to retain outside hope of still winning the game.

 

The Cobras, who are top of the table after four wins from four this season, opened the door for the Lions when they were bowled out for their lowest score of the campaign (138) on day two.

 

The visitors capitalised on that by moving from 104 for four overnight to 233 all out. Nicky van den Bergh finished as their top-scorer with 83 (141 balls, 14 fours), while Dane Piedt was the pick of the bowlers with five for 99.

 

The final innings went horribly wrong for the Cobras after spinners Bjorn Fortuin (3/37) and Aaron Phangiso (2/49) made merry.

 

But Malan and Smith fought back to give their side hope.

A brilliant all-round bowling display by the bizhub Highveld Lions helped stop the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in their tracks after the 4-Day Domestic Series log-leaders fell apart on the second day of their clash in Paarl on Tuesday.

The home side, who have won all four matches of 2018/19 thus far for a massive lead at the top of the table, were blown away for just 138 in their first innings.

Nono Pongolo (3/29) and Aaron Phangiso (3/11) claimed three wickets apiece, while there were doubles from Nandre Burger (2/34) and Bjorn Fortuin (2/23) – the visitors dominating at Eurolux Boland Park.

The Lions then reached stumps on a 104 for four to take a telling 303-run lead heading into day three.

It completed a surprisingly poor day for the hosts, who started the day well enough by taking just over 10 overs to claim the final three first-inning wickets of their Johannesburg-based opponents. Dane Piedt struck twice to end with three for 119, while the other stick went to Dane Paterson, allowing him to complete his 12th career five-for with five for 81.

The Lions were bowled out for 337, and then came a consistent performance with the ball from their bowlers.

Without the suspended Beuran Hendricks, one of the leading bowlers of the season, the rest of his team-mates stood up by striking at regular intervals to blow away the Cobras in 51.1 overs.

Zubayr Hamza top-scored with 56 (113 balls, 5 fours), but only two others – Janneman Malan (22) and Aviwe Mgijima (24) – managed double figures.

It meant the Cobras were dismissed for their lowest score of the season.

To their credit, the Cobras did fight back as Stephen Cook (3), Dominic Hendricks (9), Temba Bavuma (17) and Wiaan Lubbe (23) fell cheaply.

Rassie van der Dussen was also forced to retire hurt on nought, but Nicky van den Bergh (41 not out) kept them ahead in the game.

Piedt was the best of the bowlers with two for 49.

A second successive century by Wihan Lubbe helped the bizhub Highveld Lions secure a strong start to their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the log-leading World Sports Betting Cape Cobras before Dane Paterson took two late wickets to peg the visitors back in Paarl on Monday.

 

The young all-rounder made 101 (181 balls, 5 fours, 6 sixes) at Eurolux Boland Park as the second-placed visitors reached stumps at 300 for seven.

 

There were good contributions too by Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen after both chipped in with half-centuries, although the Lions might be ruing not being in an even stronger position at the end after Paterson picked up four for 58.

 

The away side had the disadvantage of losing the toss at the start of the round five encounter with the home side opting to bowl first.

 

Openers Stephen Cook (25) and Dominic Hendricks (10) fell relatively cheaply, before the Lions’ middle-order got to work. Lubbe and Bavuma, who struck 51 (87 balls, 9 fours), put on 118 for the third wicket to take their side to 160 for two.

 

After the departure of the captain, Van der Dussen (66 off 100 balls, 9 fours) joined Lubbe in another important stand, which was worth 61.

 

Fifty was then shared between Nicky van den Bergh (13) and Van der Dussen to leave the Lions looking strong on 271 for four with around 10 overs to go, but Paterson struck twice and Dane Piedt (1/105) once to help the Cobras hit back and end the day well.

Ashwell Prince ticked all the right boxes as a cricketer. He was defiance and dogged determination personified and averaged 41.64 with 11 centuries in 66 tests. He could seamlessly move from middle-order batsman to opener and scored 150 in that position.

He was also a South African captain and in his final season with Lancashire shared in a partnership of 500 with Alviro Petersen, so when called upon to coach the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, he possessed almost all the credentials.

But from a coaching perspective, he has now achieved the only ingredient missing from his CV, his level-three certificate, and finished close to the top of his class.

“There are a lot of people (coaches) without the certificate. But I have to respect the system and as a young coach, I have had a lot to learn,” Prince said.

“Graduating with the level three certificate means you have done a lot of learning. We are all learning still, no matter how much you have played or watched the game,” he said.

Prince is in his second full season as coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras. They are at the summit of the Four-Day Series, but Prince was philosophical about the 33 point cushion above the bizhub Highveld Lions. (The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have 99.86 points and the Lions have 66.98).

“We have won four in a row, but it is possible we can lose the next three. Credit must go to the backroom staff and the team who have shown character.

“Some things go unnoticed. It was a tough day yesterday. The boys bowled well with little reward. During the winter Sherman (Baatjes, the strength and conditioning coach) made the guys run around the boundary ropes a lot of times and put in the hard work. I’d like to give Sherman a lot of credit.

“For Pato to come back and take those three wickets close to the end of the day when they have been really tired, that is a lot of credit to the trainer to make the guys prepared for a tough season and for tough days like that. Sometimes those type of things (the work done by the strength and conditioning coach) go unnoticed.

“You have to be fit to concentrate the way Pieter Malan did batting for hours and hours and that does not just happen. That is people like Sherman working so that type of quality can go out and do their work,” Prince said. A lot of praise must go to the backroom staff.

“In the first three games we were bowling our opponents out cheaply and got in front, but in this game against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, we were 45 for four and had to show a lot of character to claim a first-innings lead,” Prince said.

“I am so proud of Ashwell and for the commitment, he has demonstrated by graduating with a level three certificate and as one of the top achievers. You never stop learning and Ashwell knows and appreciates that,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

“The art of forgetfulness has served us well and will be pivotal again when the two table-topping teams clash at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl from Monday in the 4Day Series,” said Pieter Malan, leading run-scorer of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

 

Malan says one of the key ingredients for the hosts has been to forget about their log position and to play every game as if they are second or third from the top. Consequently, they play with passion and hunger.

 

“We are oozing self-confidence at the moment, but we need to start from zero again and forget the four wins in four matches,” said Malan.

 

The bizhub Highveld Lions, second on the log, have beaten the Warriors by nine wickets and the VKB Knights by an innings and 22 runs.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have beaten the Lions by an innings and 71 runs at Bidvest Wanderers ground recently.

 

Malan says the bowling attack has been fantastic, taking 80 wickets. “They can almost not bowl better. They hit good lengths and are very patient.

 

“I think Dane Paterson (21 wickets at an average of 18.65) and Beuran Hendricks of the Lions (21 wickets at an average of 19.33) are the two leading wicket-takers at the moment.

 

“Mthiwekhaya Nabe took a five-wicket haul in the previous match and Dane Piedt has fulfilled his role by only conceding two runs per over,” Malan added.

 

“We focus on our own processes and don’t look too far ahead. That is what happened in that 228-run partnership for the sixth wicket between me and Vernon Philander against the Dolphins. We played each ball on its merit and tried to bat as long as possible and it worked,” he said.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ top-order struggled a tad against the attack of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the middle-order resurrected both their innings. But Malan says one needs to heed the fact that every time two players knuckled down and showed their mettle.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have been served greatly by a bowling attack that has taken 80 wickets in four matches. Last season, they captured 115 wickets in the whole season.

The character under duress throughout the game and the 228-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Pieter Malan and Vernon Philander which could be a pivotal day of the season, were the standout features of the emphatic five-wicket victory at PPC Newlands by the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, said Ashwell Prince, head coach of the hosts.

 

“It was a phenomenal team effort,” a delighted Prince said moments after Philander struck a six over long on to clinch victory for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras as they reached 173 for five and eclipsed the 171 needed for a win..

 

“The partnership between Malan and Philander and Dane Paterson’s late spell – he took 6-63 including three late wickets on day three in the space of six balls – were the key factors,” said Dane Piedt, the proud skipper.

 

“I have always said Pato is not only a white-ball cricketer. He is a proper red-ball cricketer who has taken over 300 first-class wickets,” Piedt said.

 

“He is close to the leading wicket-taker of the competition although he has played in one game less. We always know he is a good white-ball cricketer, but he became renowned a couple of seasons ago when he was the leading wicket taker in the four-day franchise games with over 40 wickets,” Prince added.

 

“On day four (on Thursday), we needed two cricketers to knuckle down because we still had about 100 runs to score and they had taken four wickets. Avi (Aviwe Mgijima) played a really good innings and Kyle Verreynne showed his character,” Prince said.

 

“It was the second time this season that Kyle has produced that knock under pressure (he scored an unbeaten 51 in a four-wicket win against the VKB Knights in the first four-day game of the season),” Piedt said in heaping praise on Verreynne.

 

“It was a defining knock for Aviwe. He was under a bit of pressure,” Piedt said.

 

“It was a defining knock, but in the nets he was getting into good positions,” said Faiek Davids, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ assistant coach.

 

Prince hailed the backroom staff and specifically Sherman Baatjes for his strength and conditioning work which contributed to Paterson bowling two spells of nine overs and for Malan facing 296 balls in his knock of 153 and for batting for 426 minutes.

 

The coaching staff also praised Mthiwekhaya Nabe for taking 5-60.

 

“I thought it was a really good cricket wicket because there were two centuries, three five-wicket hauls and 35 wickets falling. Credit must go to Evan Flint, the curator,” said Piedt.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are at the summit of the log with 99.86 points and they will clash with the bizhub Highveld Lions, second on the log with 66.98 points, from Monday at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras assistant coach Faiek Davids insists there are no thoughts whatsoever about the 4-Day Domestic Series title creeping into their camp ahead of their round five encounter against the bizhub Highveld Lions starting in Paarl on Monday.

 

The hosts are on a roll in the competition after four wins out of four thus far and can stretch their lead at the summit to close to 50 points with another victory against their closest rivals at Eurolux Boland Park.

 

The first-class competition reaches the halfway stage after this next set of games, after which it will break for the Mzansi Super League.

 

Davids, though, is not prepared to jump the gun. “We’re very pleased with where we’re at,” he said. “We’re obviously very confident as well.

 

“I think if you look back to last year, we couldn’t bowl out teams even once, so to have done it twice by taking 20 wickets four times already, it’s a huge credit to the bowling. They’re bowling in good areas and obviously holding their ends nicely as well.

 

“We’re rightly confident going into that fifth match, but we’re also not looking too far ahead because we ultimately know that we’ve only played four matches still.

 

“No one is even talking about championships or those sort of things, we just want to get ourselves into that position to be able to challenge for that championship come the end of the season.”

 

In the latest round of games this past week, the Cobras showed incredible character to come back from a dire position of 45 for four in their first innings to record what was possibly their best win of the campaign against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Cape Town.

 

Davids continued: “We played from behind in the game if you remember were 40-odd for four. The way we responded thereafter was fantastic and it set the tone for the game. It was an excellent win and does now put us in a good position.”

 

The Lions are second on the table and their closest challengers this season. The Cobras have already beaten them at the Wanderers, but Davids feels they will be a different proposition this time.

 

“We played well against them at the Wanderers, but now Rassie van der Dussen is back, Temba Bavuma is back and they’re playing quite well at the moment,” he added. “So, we know we’re going to be in for a good fight.”

 

The Lions boss Enoch Nkwe, meanwhile, is adamant that the Cobras are beatable, despite their formidable form this term.

 

However, he feels the Gauteng-based side, who drew their latest game against the Multiply Titans this past week, will have to deliver their ‘A-game’ to have a chance in the Cape.

 

“Every opportunity we get to play against any team we want to win,” he stated. “That’s the reason why we play this game.

 

“So, we’re just going to stick to our processes, we do understand that the Cobras are playing well at the moment and we respect that. At the end of the day, both teams will want to win heading into the break.

 

“We’re expecting a tough game in their back yard. They are on a good run, but, at some point, they are bound to slip up. Hopefully it will be against us.”

Dane Paterson completed his 11th career five-for as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras extended their advantage at top of the 4-Day Domestic Series table by securing a five-wicket win over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on the final day of their clash in Cape Town on Thursday.

The Standard Bank Proteas paceman claimed six for 63 in 25.3 overs to help set up a low-scoring chase of 171, with the home side reaching their target midway through the fourth afternoon to make it four wins from four in 2018/19. They are now up to 99.86 points, over 30 points clear of the chasing pack, who all drew their round four games this past week.

It was another clinical performance by Ashwell Prince’s side, who began the final morning needing three wickets as the visitors resumed on 265 for seven.

Paterson got two of them, removing Keshav Maharaj (6) and Okuhle Cele (4), with Vernon Philander (1/49) claiming the wicket of innings top-scorer Dane Vilas for 72 (121 balls, 7 fours) – the Dolphins lasting just 4.3 overs more at PPC Newlands.

The chase did not go entirely according to plan for the home side with Man-of-the-Match Pieter Malan, who hit a century in the first innings, dismissed for a second-ball duck in the third over by Robbie Frylinck (1/4).

Zubayr Hamza (7) also fell cheaply leaving the Cobras on 20 for two.

But Janneman Malan struck 38 to lead the recovery and, even though Maharaj claimed three for 49, Kyle Verreynne’s 46 and an unbeaten 43 from Aviwe Mgijima took the log-leaders to a comfortable victory.

A brilliant late burst by Dane Paterson left the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in a mess after the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The Standard Bank Proteas quick claimed four for 51 – three of those wickets coming in six balls – as the visitors were left limping to stumps on 265 for seven, a lead of 153.

The late strikes undid the earlier hard work by Dane Vilas, Sibonelo Makhanya and Sarel Erwee, who all hit half-centuries.

There was also a 10th career five-for from Robbie Frylinck that initially set the tempo as the visitors bowled out the hosts for 337.

It had represented a good comeback from the KwaZulu-Natal side, who battled in the face of twin centuries by Vernon Philander and Pieter Malan on day two.

However, the third day brought more joy as they wrapped up the tail quickly by claiming the remaining two Cobras wickets for 20 runs. Frylinck got both of them for figures of five for 86, with Okuhle Cele ended with three for 61.

Erwee then led the way with the bat by anchoring the early part of the innings with his 54 off 178 balls (10 fours). He put on a 74-run opening stand with Vaughn van Jaarsveld (44), before sharing 55 with Cody Chetty (34).

Three quick wickets opened the door for the Cobras as the Dolphins fell from 129 for one to 148 for four.

But Makhanya (53 off 80 balls, 8 fours) and Vilas (68 off 113 balls, 7 fours) added 113 for the fifth wicket as the away side edged into a much better position.

That was as good as it got, though, with Paterson getting Makhanya and Kerwin Mungroo (0) from successive balls.

Frylinck (0) followed in his next over, leaving Vilas the lone man fighting at the close

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have added cashless payments & event technology platform Howler to the family of new partners who have come onboard this season.

 

Cashless payments have become the global standard and is growing rapidly in South Africa and especially at events attended in high numbers. The system allows event goers to transact during an event using Howler RFID cards/wristbands and is not affected by the possible mobile network congestion. It’s also considered an essential means to safeguard organisers, vendors and event goers’ cash during an event.

 

David Brooke, brand and sponsorship manager of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Western Province Cricket Association explains how the partnership will be implemented.

 

“It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome Howler to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras family and we know that the value that they will bring into providing solutions to crucial parts of our infrastructure at PPC Newlands, will have a positive impact.

 

“As part of the partnership, PPC Newlands will pilot the cashless process in our public bars for the next 12 months, starting in November, making it the first stadium in the country to go cashless. The Howler logo will also be displayed on the kit of the Cobras players during all matches in the Momentum One Day Cup and CSA T20 Challenge this season.”

 

“We are excited to be part of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras family and to make a notable difference in the spectator experience at all matches at PPC Newlands this season. We realise the last thing anyone wants to do is wait in a long queue and miss a large chunk of the game, so we’re here to streamline that process,” says Shai Evian, CEO of Howler.

 

“It is really great to see another partner on board as we transition from the traditional offerings in cricket and adapt to the new fans, and new experiences. Welcome on board Howler, may the relationship be a long and healthy one,” concluded Western Cape Cricket CEO Nabeal Dien.

 

For more information about Howler and PPC Newlands, click on the following link – https://www.howler.co.za/cricket