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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt arrived back in Cape Town a disappointed leader after his team slumped to a 10-wicket defeat at Supersport Park, Centurion on Wednesday.

“We didn’t bring our A game, but we still have our semi-final destiny firmly in our own hands,” commented Piedt.

“We let our seam bowlers down and played downright badly,” said Piedt with reference to the total of 151 all out scored by the visitors.

Chris Morris took 4-23 and Junior Dala captured 4-29. Asked if it was just excellent bowling or indifferent batting, a frank Piedt said, “it was bad batting.”

Three of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsmen, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza and Aviwe Mgijima, struck 30, but not one of them converted it into a half-century or century, which would have given the visitors a total of 280 or 290.

“The Titans got off to a flyer and put us on the back foot from the start which ended up being one of the main reasons why they won so comprehensively,” added Piedt.

The Momentum One Day Cup has been a topsy-turvy season so far, with four wins and four losses, but Ashwell Prince’s men have their destiny in their own hands when they next play against the bottom-of-the-log VKB Knights at PPC Newlands on 21st March.

They will finish off their league phase campaign of the competition on the 23rd March against the Warriors at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

Andile Phehlukwayo again starred with bat and ball as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins made it three Momentum One-Day Cup wins from three with a 22-run win over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Paarl on Friday night.

The Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder first struck a run-a-ball 67 off 66 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) that helped the unbeaten visitors amass 276 for seven, before claiming four wickets for 56, including the key one of George Linde, as the hosts were dismissed for 254 in 49 overs at Eurolux Boland Park.

It capped another stellar performance for Phehlukwayo, who in the previous game made 69 in a solid win over the Multiply Titans.

The joint defending champions Dolphins have now won three out of three matches, while the Cobras lost for the second time in three outings.

They will be ruing what may have been though after showing plenty of potential through the game. The local side won the toss and opted to field first, with their bowlers responding well early on to send the visitors tumbling to 71 for four.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld (5), Dane Vilas (5) and David Miller (7) all failed at the top, with only Morne van Wyk (36) making any significant early contribution.

It then took a 103-run fifth wicket stand between top scorer Khaya Zondo, who made 93 off 115 balls (2 fours, 2 sixes), and Phehlukwayo to kickstart the Dolphins, as they managed to set a competitive 277.

Dane Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with three for 40, while Linde bagged two for 50.

The home side started the chase well enough by reaching 60 for one, before three quick strikes left them on 88 for four.

Kyle Verreynne initially gave them hope with his 52 (63 balls, 2 fours), but was removed by the outstanding Imran Tahir (2/34).

At that stage on 192 for six, the Cobras looked beaten, but Linde smashed 63 off 48 balls (4 fours, 1 six) and shared a partnership of 61 with Dane Piedt (27), giving their side hope.

However, the return of Phehlukwayo at the death saw him remove the key man and with it the hopes of the hosts as the last four wickets fell for a single run.

“It is the best I have seen Dane Piedt bowl for an extended period and he is throwing his hat into the national ring,” said coach Ashwell Prince.

Prince was speaking after the 13-wicket haul – the best in franchise history of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras – by the skipper of the hosts at Oudtshoorn where he picked up 13-141 in the comprehensive eight-wicket win over the Multiply Titans.

“You don’t take 52 wickets in a season if you don’t bowl attackingly, but having said that, he took wickets and was also economical.

“I thought it was a great effort by the team to limit the Titans to less than 300 in the first innings.

“In the second innings, Dane was in scintillating form and got into a good rhythm, asking questions and the Titans succumbed to a great spell of bowling.

“I thought George Linde bowled well and on another day, they could have shared the spoils and he could have taken five wickets and Dane five. He passed the bat a lot.

“It was a spinner’s wicket but not impossible to bat on and Andrea Agathangelou demonstrated that by scoring 84 in the second innings,” Prince said.

Talking about Piedt, Prince said he would consider him for the tests against Sri Lanka as the touring team have about six left-handers. That does not mean Keshav Maharaj cannot do the job.

Australia pick their best spinner and he is an off-spinner, Nathan Lyon.

“On the tour of India later this year, I would pick Maharaj and Piedt both for the national touring group,” Prince said.

The home captain, who took six for 75 in the first innings, followed that up with seven for 66 to bowl out the defending champions for 151.

It gave the spinner career-best match-figures of 13 for 141 – surpassing the previous best of 12 for 105 taken by Wayne Parnell against the Dolphins at Cape Town in 2015/16.

Victory saw the hosts moved to 171.46 points at the top of the table.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ final game is against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at the Maritzburg Oval in Pietermaritzburg starting on Monday.

Piedt captured 45 wickets in eight games in the 2013/2014 season and nipped out 8-152 in his maiden Test against Zimbabwe. His previous Test was against New Zealand at SuperSport Park in Centurion in 2016.

Maharaj has since replaced him and has established himself as a world-class spinner, but he was not picked for the last two tests against Pakistan, as South Africa selected a four-prong pace attack.

 

Dane Piedt returned the best-ever match figures for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in franchise history as they took a massive step towards the 4-Day Domestic Series title with a resounding eight-wicket win over the Multiply Titans late on day three of their clash in Oudtshoorn on Wednesday.

The home captain, who took six for 75 in the first innings, followed that up with seven for 66 to bowl out the defending champions for 151.

It gave the spinner career-best match-figures of 13 for 141 – surpassing the previous best of 12 for 105 taken by Wayne Parnell against the Dolphins at Cape Town in 2015/16.

Piedt also charged past 50 wickets for the season with his new tally of 52 putting him streets ahead of the chasing pack.

Victory saw the home side move to 171,46 points at the top of the table, although their 25-plus point looked certain to be reduced by the end of the round on Thursday.

However, the Cobras did all that was asked for them in their penultimate fixture at the Recreation Ground this week.

They started day three on 299 for five and managed to add 76 for the final five wickets as Jason Smith made 48.

Sixty-eight of those runs came from the sixth-wicket stand between the all-rounder and Ferisco Adams, who managed 27.

Once the stand was broken on 260, all of the Cobras’ five remaining first-innings wickets fell for 15. Amongst those was star opener Pieter Malan, who retired hurt on 95 (184 balls, 12 fours) earlier in his innings, as he lasted three more balls without troubling the scorers.

The pick of the bowlers was Shaun von Berg with four for 137 with the Cape side bowled out for 375 – a lead of exactly 100.

But the Titans’ second innings lasted just 65.1 overs as Piedt made merry. His seven wickets included that of top-scorer Andrea Agathangelou (84 off 181 balls, 10 fours, 2 sixes).

Farhaan Behardien (24) was the only other man to hit the 20s, with the visiting side continuing their inconsistencies with the bat this season.

Apart from Piedt, the other spinner, George Linde, ended with two for 45 to leave the Titans all out for 151 and a victory target of 52 for the Cobras.

Debutant Leus du Plooy (2/29) struck twice as Malan was given a break from opening the batting due to his injury, but Zubayr Hamza (26) and David Bedingham (16) guided their side to a vital win.

The reserve strength of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be stretched as injuries have cut a swathe through the team, while international call-ups have also impacted the line-up of the team ahead of the 4 Day Franchise match against the Warriors at PPC Newlands starting on Monday.

Ashwell Prince, the coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, is upbeat despite a dislocated finger keeping Janneman Malan out for another ten days and an ankle injury keeping Tladi Bokako on the sidelines.

Bokako will see a specialist early in the week about what seems to be chronic ankle trouble.

In the middle of Friday’s training session the side learned that Dane Paterson will not be able to play for the hosts against the Warriors from Monday as he will be called up early to the Proteas One Day International camp for the first two matches against Pakistan.

Rory Kleinveldt, a former test bowler and a man who sealed a win against the VKB Knights in the first game of the season, will replace Paterson.

Prince said he is convinced the reserve bowlers will do a job for the team and he is positive about his squad’s depth.

Lizaad Williams bowled well as replacement for Bokako last week.

Prince said the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have their destiny firmly in their own hands and if they keep on winning, nobody will catch them (as they have a cushion of almost 20 points ahead of the bizhub Highveld Lions team).

“It is about remaining positive and playing the game in the right spirit and attitude,” he said.

Matthew Kleinveldt, who scored two back-to-back centuries in the first two senior provincial games for Western Province, will replace the injured Malan.

The 13-man squad is: Dane Piedt (capt), Matthew Kleinveldt, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Simon Khomari, David Bedingham, Dayyaan Galiem, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Mthiwekhaya Nabe.

The current 4 Day Franchise series is possibly the best he has ever produced, even better than in 2013/2014 when he took 45 scalps in eight matches, said Dane Piedt, captain of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

During that 2013/2014 season he had an opportunity to score a hundred, but he was dismissed for 92 at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

Piedt is the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 34 wickets after seven matches, one more than his leading fast bowler, Dane Paterson, who has captured 33 wickets.

“Our bowling attack has been great with Pato, Tladi Bokako and Mthiwekhaya Nabe all bowling well. And then Lizaad Williams, he has been solid the past five years I have played with him and is a thorough professional. He gives you 150 percent every time he bowls,” he says.

The batsmen who have scored the fifth and the sixth most runs in the competition are Pieter Malan, with 629 runs, and Janneman Malan, who has made 554 runs. “It is important, because it sets up the game for the bowlers,” Piedt said.

Janneman Malan fractured his finger in the previous match against the VKB Knights and received four stitches. He was only able to bat at number eleven and scored an undefeated 2 in the first and only innings of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Piedt says nothing should change now that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are leading with 140.04 points, almost twenty ahead of the bizhub Highveld Lions, who have 120.62.

“We need to follow the same process we did in our last seven games of which we won five. Even if Tladi does not play (due to an ankle injury), we possess the bowling attack to take 20 wickets,” he said.

In a pressure cooker situation, it is a case of who blinks first, but the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras don’t want to become tentative or revert to a negative pattern of play, instead they will be aiming to continue the swashbuckling dynamic pattern of play that has served them so well so far this season.

Asked what the chances are of 50 wickets in the competition, Piedt said it is more important that the team takes 20 wickets each match in the competition than if he or Paterson reaches 50 wickets overall.

A maiden first-class century by Dane Piedt highlighted the penultimate day of the 4-Day Domestic Series encounter between the VKB Knights and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

The visiting captain made 114 (145 balls, 11 fours, 3 sixes) to surpass his previous best score of 92 made against the bizhub Highveld Lions in 2013/14 to help his side amass 470 – in response to the hosts’ first-innings 319.

But the reply of the Central Franchise went well through day three after they reached the close on 135 for one – witling down the 151 deficit to trail by just 16.

First-innings star Keegan Petersen was again going well with an unbeaten 59 (99 balls, 99 fours), while former South Africa Under-19 captain Raynard van Tonder (56 off 114 balls, 9 fours) was also excelling alongside him.

The log-leading Cobras had started day three well-placed on 249 for four, but quickly lost overnight pair Jason Smith (30), their other centurion David Bedingham (114 off 145 balls, 11 fours, 3 sixes) and Dane Paterson (11).

Shadley van Schalkwyk (4/67) did most of the damage, which saw the Cobras slip to 281 for seven and in danger of surrendering their good position.

But Piedt shared a 47-run eighth-wicket stand with Lizaad Williams (18), before adding a remarkable competition record partnership with Mthiwekhaya Nabe.

The pair added 132 for the ninth wicket, breaking a record set six years ago by Simon Harmer and Ayabulela Gqamane of 129 for the Warriors against the Titans in 2012/13.

Nabe played an equally important role as Piedt by scoring his highest first-class score of 68 (87 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) – a splendid effort considering his previous best score was only 12.

That boosted the Cape side to a strong position and they seized even more control of the game when Nabe removed Grant Mokoena for 15 to leave the Knights on 22 for one.

But Petersen and Van Tonder kept their side in the game, the latter thanks to his second franchise 50, as the game was left finely poised at the Mangaung Oval.

A career-best eight wickets in a marathon effort of 50.4 overs by Dane Piedt ground the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to an epic 37-run victory over the Warriors deep into the final day of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The spinner finished with eight for 130, which included 16 maidens, to bowl out the hosts for 380 in pursuit of a 418-victory target with just 3.2 overs of the game remaining.

Gihahn Cloete’s century (108 off 193 balls, 16 fours) was overshadowed in the process as the Cobras secured a huge win in the context of the season.

This thanks to a massive effort from Piedt and his team-mates, while the Warriors too had to be credited for coming so close to toppling the log-leaders, who now extend their lead even further at the top of the table.

The Eastern Cape franchise had started day four on 93 for none at St George’s Park, needing a further 325 to earn a priceless win.

Eddie Moore was batting alongside Cloete at that stage, but after the pair raised the century stand, the former became Piedt’s first victim after he was bowled.

Another big stand followed between the centurion and Colin Ackermann (43) – the pair adding 89 for the second wicket – before the Cobras’ spinner accounted for both with the score on 192.

Yaseen Vallie (46) and captain Jon-Jon Smuts (44) had to start from scratch again, with the pair doing a good job of things by adding 78 for the fourth wicket as the hosts reached 270 for three.

Again both fell within eight overs of each other leaving the tail with too much to do.

Sinethema Qeshile (34) and Clyde Fortuin (20) did their best to try and pull off the unlikely, with the Warriors even reaching 352 for six at one stage, but Piedt outlasted everyone and help script a fine win.

His figures also surpassed his previous best return of seven for 92 for the Cobras against the Titans back in 2010/11.

The other two wickets on the card were taken by Dane Paterson (2/107), who had learnt earlier in the day of his addition to the South Africa squad for the upcoming Castle Lager Test Series against Pakistan starting next week.

Overall, the result had a massive effect on the table as it allowed the Cobras to move clear at the summit of the table to a total of 126,16 points, over 30 ahead of the bizhub Highveld Lions with four rounds to play.

The next round of fixtures begins on January 4.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras bowling attack has got what it takes to run through sides and win matches. A key to that is that the bowlers should bowl fuller lengths than last season, said the captain, Dane Piedt.

He was speaking at a press conference on Friday as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras continued their preparations for the opening 4 Day Franchise match of their season, against the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands starting on Monday 1st October.

When probed what is required to win the competition, Ashwell Prince, the coach, said you need to take 20 wickets but he believes the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have the arsenal to run through sides.

“(The decision to part ways with) Wayne Parnell was a bit unexpected but there are capable players stepping into that position. Rory Kleinveldt might have played less of a role, but now he will play a greater role. And there are other players who can step up, like Jason Smith, Dayyaan Galiem and Ferisco Adams.

Prince was unperturbed about the young inexperienced squad that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have selected for the VKB Knights. “I am excited. I think there are four to five of those players that can go on and represent South Africa. Perhaps we will see that happening within the next two to three years,” he said.

Prince added that for most of last season, this young inexperienced batting squad did the business, so not much has changed.

In the 2017/2018 season, the Cobras batsmen scored a phenomenal 13 centuries, which is quite special when one remembers that two of the three senior batsmen in the side, Andrew Puttick and Justin Ontong, played only a limited part in the four day competition.

Piedt said Dane Paterson and Kleinveldt will lead the attack and they bowl a fuller length, which will make it easier for the other bowlers to follow their example.

Prince said David Bedingham and Janneman Malan have phenomenal talent. The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fill the vacuums in the side from the bottom upwards, but in the case of Malan, his statistics suggest that he could fill the void left by the departure of Puttick and Richard Levi in all formats of the game.

Piedt said: “Last season we created opportunities with the ball, but did not execute them. We have done the hard preparation but ultimately it is about having the right attitudes to take chances and effect the run-outs. It is a vital part of the game.”

The loss of Parnell will give Kleinveldt a new opportunity as a bowling all-rounder. He is a live wire with the bat and was sensational in the shorter formats with the ball last season, while he took 50 wickets for Northamptonshire last season.

Piedt has improved by leaps and bounds with the bat last season so the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras looks in a good position to score totals of 450 and beyond.

If Piedt’s confidence in the bowling line-up is vindicated, the Cobras will break their five-year drought in terms of four day silverware this season.

The 13-man squad of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras is: Dane Piedt (capt), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Rory Kleinveldt, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

Get as close to the ball as possible and play it at the last moment – this has been the successful credo employed by the latest South African centurion – and it is a game plan that World Sports Betting Cape Cobras opening batsman Pieter Malan wants to borrow from Theunis de Bruyn when he represents South Africa ‘A’ in India in July and August.

Malan is one of two top-order batsmen from the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras who will represent South Africa ‘A’ against the India ‘A’ team in India. The other batting representative is Zubayr Hamza, while spinner Dane Piedt and fast bowler Mthiwekhaya Nabe complete the group of representatives from Cape Town heading over to India on Tuesday as part of the four-day squad.

Malan said he has taken some learnings about spinning conditions by watching the centurion De Bruyn score 101 in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. It was De Bruyn’s first test ton.

“I don’t have a definite game plan whether to play on the front foot or back foot, but I know I must be clear in my decision making whether to go forward or backwards and commit myself with definite movement,” said Malan.

Although the conditions are tough and he has not played in India, he has played against spinners of international class which has helped him. The past season he represented the Cape side against Shaun von Berg and Tabraiz Shamsi – both of whom were in the Proteas touring test squad to Sri Lanka.

Hamza is looking forward to the tour but expects tough conditions: “It was beneficial to me that I went on the bowling and batting camp in India recently. I expect the conditions to be tough and I’ve decided that I want to get as close to the ball as possible when delivered by the Indian spinners. Or if I want to get out of the way, I need to be as far as possible from the ball.”

Malan and Hamza were part of the South Africa ‘A’ team that played against an Australian touring team last season and both have been heavy scorers for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Malan struck 892 runs at an average of 55.75, while Hamza hammered 828 runs at an average of 69 in the Sunfoil Series.

Malan also compiled 615 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition last season.

Ashwell Prince, the head coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, said he spoke to all the players on Monday and motivated them to adjust their game plans to the subcontinent as they will play half of their cricket against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India if they represent South Africa one day.

“We should not wish those conditions away, but formulate a game plan that makes us successful in foreign conditions,” he said.

“It is about learning as much as you can and adding to your skills set of playing spin to the rest of your game,” Prince said.

He said India has become the nation that has improved the most in foreign conditions while other nations, including South Africa, have gone backwards in foreign conditions recently.