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Centurions Janneman Malan and David Bedingham and strike bowler Tladi Bokako performed brilliantly in their first pre-season outdoor excursion for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Durban on Monday and Tuesday.

Bokako captured 5-44 in eleven overs and in tandem with Lizaad Williams (3-26 in eleven overs) had the top-order in disarray and limited the Dolphins to 173.

Malan scored an unbeaten 151, while Bedingham struck 101 and Ferisco Adams blasted 50. The new acquisitions threw their hat into the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras ring and stated their case to the selection committee.

“The new recruits put up their hands, gave themselves a sense of belonging and will draw confidence from this performance,” said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

“Janneman scored runs all around the wicket. He was strong on the on-side, handled the short ball well and also scored richly on the off-side. He is tailor-made for white-ball cricket, but look at his first-class record (1943 runs in 23 matches at an average of 55.51). He has a strike-rate of almost 70 (67.96),” Davids said.

Davids also said Bedingham had matured markedly from the last time he saw him. His game plans were clear and he struck the ball hard, the assistant coach added.

“Tladi and Lizaad were phenomenal and had them against the ropes on 20 for five. The wicket was a bit sticky with green patches and they kept the ball up to the bat. Tladi is a bundle of energy with good lines and lengths and he nipped it off the seam nicely. He is super fit.

“Lizzy was machine-like. He was steady and hit the seam regularly,” said Davids.

They restricted the Dolphins to 173 all out.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batted at a rate of 4.3 per over and scored 362 for eight in 83.2 overs.

In the subsequent T20 match between KwaZulu-Natal and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, the latter scored 167 for eight thanks to a splendid 70 by Zubayr Hamza and 40 by Adams. The hosts were limited to 133 for six and the Cobras won by 34 runs.

Mthiwekhaya Nabe, who took 2-32 in the two-day game, captured 1-35 in four overs, but the pick was Williams, who nabbed 2-12 in three overs. Bokako ended with 1-22 in three overs. George Linde struck twice in his four overs which cost 26 runs.

It was the second outdoor training match of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and an encouraging early performance against a strong foe.

 

OBUS PIENAAR starred with bat and ball as South Western Districts took a huge stride towards a place in the Africa T20 Cup semi-finals with a comfortable five-wicket victory over WSB Western Province in a Pool A clash at Sahara Park Willowmoore on Saturday.

The all-rounder first sent down a tight four overs that cost 24 and included a wicket, before striking two fours and a six in an unbeaten 32 off 32 balls to lead his side past the 122-run victory target with 13 balls to spare.

The result means that SWD have an excellent chance of progressing to the last four with their eight points. WP are eliminated.

It was another impressive showing from the Oudtshoorn-based side, who were six-run winners over Easterns on Friday.

After winning the toss and bowling, they restricted WP to just 121/5. Pienaar did well with the ball, but local boy Glenton Stuurman was even better with one for 15 with the new ball, while the pick of the bowlers was George Linde (2/19).

Jason Smith top scored with 31.

Pienaar was the only batsman to top 20 for his side, who were in some trouble on 40/3, but Todd Walker and Brendon Louw hit 19 each to help take their side over the line.

The pick of the bowlers for WP was the young Michael Cohen who took two for 17.