A turning point of a brilliant team performance that set up the four-wicket win was when Dane Paterson captured 4-68 and the bowlers took the remaining seven wickets for the addition of just 94 runs on the final morning of the 4 Day Domestic Series match against the VKB Knights.

“It was a brilliant team performance, I could not ask for more,” said the captain of the victorious World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, Dane Piedt, after the hosts accumulated 24.04 points with the opening win.

“We would have been happy to chase 5 runs an over and the wicket was very flat. Zuby (Zubayr Hamza) and Avi (Aviwe Mgijima) batted really well and for me it was important to take it as deep as possible,” said Kyle Verreynne, one of two batsmen who struck half-centuries in the second innings for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Hamza and Mgijima, who came together on 59 for four, added fifty for the fifth wicket in their chase of 195 for a win. “Hamza and I batted really well together. We wanted to bat as positively as possible and put the game to bed,” said Verreynne. “The last thing we wanted to do was to block and stumble to defeat.”

“His counter-punching nature and the way in which Verreynne attacked the spinner was superb,” said Piedt.

Verreynne and Hamza added 60 for the sixth wicket, including a 50-run partnership in 39 minutes, which sums up their adventurous spirit. Hamza finished with 57 while Verreynne was unbeaten on 51 at the close.

In the first innings, the partnership between the centurion Pieter Malan (129, 296 balls, 18×4) and Mgijima settled the nerves after a few early losses. “Avi has matured a lot and has come on a hell of a lot as a batsman,” Piedt said.

The Knights had 240 for three after three days and were dismissed for 334. “Pato (Dane Paterson) took seven wickets and turned the game on its head (with his 4-68 in the second innings). And Malan scored a century, but everybody chipped in. It was the perfect team performance,” an elated Piedt said.

The game ended when an injured Rory Kleinveldt pulled Duanne Olivier for a glorious six over square leg to set up a four-wicket win – a victory which is remarkable when one recalls that the average age of the Cape team is 25.

Looking forward to the game at the Wanderers Stadium against the bizhub Highveld Lions, Piedt said it is important to start well on Monday. “That is what we did in this game. Pato and Rory bowled remarkably in the first sixteen overs,” he said.

Kleinveldt would probably be ruled out because he suffered an ankle injury against the VKB Knights, while Paterson has answered the call from the national selectors to represent South Africa in the T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe.