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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.

 


A riveting 162-run unbroken partnership between Janneman Malan and JP Duminy drove the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to an impressive eight-wicket Momentum One-Day Cup victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

The pair batted for 20.2 overs after they came together with their side in a little bit of early trouble on 58 for two chasing a massive 219 in a rain-reduced affair at the City Oval.

 Malan was the main man for the visitors, carrying them through from start to finish with his fourth List A century. He eventually ended on 115 off 83 balls (15 fours, 1 six), with captain Duminy offering able support with 74 (56 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes) – Ashwell Prince’s side winning with 12 deliveries to spare.

 Earlier, it was Sarel Erwee who powered the home side with an impressive unbeaten 116 from 82 deliveries (13 fours, 4 sixes), although his career-best effort proved a mere consolation for the KwaZulu-Natal franchise.

It was their second loss of the season and one that saw them miss the opportunity to climb top of the table.

A wet outfield at the start had forced the entire morning to be lost, with the umpires eventually reducing the game to a 28-over per side affair.

The hosts batted first after losing the toss and they made the worst possible start by losing Morne van Wyk for a second over duck.

But Vaughn van Jaarsveld (38) and Khaya Zondo (29) hung around for long enough to allow Erwee to complete his second career ton.

 Rory Kleinveldt finished as the best of the bowlers with two for 41, while Dane Paterson bagged two for 48.

The Cobras’ reply began on the wrong foot with Pieter Malan (18) and George Linde (8) falling early, before Janneman Malan and Duminy, in his third match since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, got together.

 Their third-wicket stand knocked the stuffing out of the Dolphins and took the Cobras to a priceless win.

 

Standard Bank Proteas wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, has been ruled out of the three-match KFC T20 International (T20I) series against Pakistan starting at PPC Newlands on Friday. De Kock sustained a groin injury during the fifth Momentum ODI against Pakistan on Wednesday, and will need a period of treatment and rehabilitation to make a full recovery.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained: “Quinton sustained an injury to his left groin while fielding during the last ODI on Wednesday. He will be unable to take part in the T20I series against Pakistan and we are hopeful he will be fit for selection for the Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Durban on February 13th.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batsman, Janneman Malan, has been called up to replace De Kock for the remaining two matches. Commenting on the selection, National Selection Panel convener, Linda Zondi said: “Janneman was one of the standout players during the Mzansi Super League and has been putting in the runs consistently at franchise level. He is an exciting young prospect, this is a great opportunity for us to continue blooding players at international level.”

The Malan brothers collect runs and accolades like Chad le Clos swimming championship medals.

Pieter Malan has struck 625 runs in the 4 Day Franchise series at an average of 56.81. He is the leading domestic run-scorer in the series, while Janneman, who has assembled 562 runs at an average of 51.09, is the third most prolific scorer in the competition.

Pieter Malan is fourth on the list of national averages and Janneman ninth. The two openers of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, average an opening stand of 50.72 in eleven innings this season in the 4 Day Franchise series.

They have produced a stand of more than hundred runs for the first wicket on three occasions and have once assembled a half-century partnership.

Their belligerence explains why the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have secured 22.12 batting bonus points, second most behind the bizhub Highveld Lions (22.72) during the first six matches.

Dane Piedt, skipper of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, says the Malan brothers’ ability to assess the situation makes them such valuable partners. “They take time to set up their stall,” he says.

“They are from the same bloodline and have good communication,” he adds.

“They are also very different and complement each other. Pieter is solid and has been the core of our team by scoring big hundreds and bashing the door down to be selected for South Africa.

“Janneman puts pressure on the bowlers and plays an aggressive brand of cricket,” he adds.

“Pieter makes it hard on any opposition captain and he forces the bowlers to bowl in second, third and fourth spells,” he adds.

“We have different styles and approaches,” Pieter Malan says. “I try and bat time, Janneman is more attacking”.

“There is good chemistry between us. We have grown up together.

“I try and work hard and prepare as excellently as possible in the week leading up to the match.

“The two of us communicate well in the middle and speak about plans against the bowlers. But I don’t correct him if he plays an attacking brand. He knows the game well,” Pieter Malan said.

“At the end of the day, opening partnerships in any form of the game settles the whole dressing room down. We have had it more often than not this season with the Malan brothers,” said coach Ashwell Prince.

“In the previous match against the Warriors, they added in excess of 120 in both innings.

“The reason for this is that they are hungry, motivated and good batsmen in search of higher honours,” Prince said.

One of the most attractive sights to behold in South African white-ball cricket is to admire the death bowling skills of Dane Paterson. In the Mzansi Super League (MSL) match between the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and the Paarl Rocks, he captured 2-26 and removed Rudi Second and Sisanda Migala with his main weapon, the Yorker.

The Giants had 140 for three after fifteen overs, and lost six wickets while adding only 28 runs in the final five overs. Paterson and David Wiese were the terminators.

Paterson, a stalwart of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, took 2-10 in his final two overs and hardly made a mistake as he consistently landed those Yorkers that made him one of the best exponents of that toe-crushing delivery in international white-ball cricket.

In that 15th match of the Mzansi Super League, Paterson denied the Giants probably 15 runs and the score was competitive rather than highly challenging.

For the record: the Giants beat the Paarl Rocks by 48 runs, a bonus point-win.

Vernon Philander contributed an attractive cameo of 18 in a dramatic chase to eclipse the 230 struck by the Jozi Stars on Friday 30th November. Philander represented the luckless Durban Heat, who assembled a valiant 177 but lost too many wickets up front when Kagiso Rabada’s triple strike had the Durban team in deep trouble on four for three.

Janneman Malan shared in an 83-run opening stand for the Cape Town Blitz with the centurion Quinton de Kock on Saturday 1st December. He contributed an attractive and composed 34 as the Blitz compiled 172 for nine against the Tshwane Spartans. Malan is the leading run-scorer of the Blitz with 236 runs at an average of 39.33.

Rory Kleinveldt took 1-29 in four overs for the Spartans against the Blitz. His wicket was the prized scalp of De Kock. The Big Show, as Kleinveldt is known, also took two sharp catches at slip off the spinners Sean Williams and Jeevan Mendis.

Vernon Philander produced a quick-fire 30 off 16 balls for the Durban Heat against the Paarl Rocks, who won by nine wickets with five balls to spare at Eurolux Boland Park on Sunday 2nd December.

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.