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Richard Levi’s 73 off 55 helped the Cobras set an unbeatable 320-run target to claim a victory over the Warriors on Wednesday.

With both teams losing their opening fixtures, both sides were desperate for a win at Buffalo Park.

The good news out of the Cobras camp was that Vernon Philander got on the field to get some overs under his belt, as he aims to work his way into the Proteas side in time for potential Champions Trophy selection.

The Cape-based side got off to a good start after winning the toss, thanks to Richard Levi and Omphile Ramela putting on 118 for the first wicket. Levi spearheaded his side scoring his 20th 50, but he was dismissed on 73 off 55 balls (11 fours and one six) by Sisanda Magala, two balls into the 20th over.

Ramela (58) pushed on, reaching his 11th half century, but was run out by Magala off the bowling of Colin Ackermann, after a 53-run second-wicket partnership with Stiaan van Zyl.

Van Zyl and Justin Ontong then took their side to 202-2, until Ayabulela Gqamane struck in consecutive balls, dismissing Van Zyl (44) and then Ontong (14) in the last two balls of the 36th over. With two new men to the crease, a good partnership was needed to revive their innings.

Dane Vilas and Jason Smith did so, by running excellently between the wickets, as they pushed the Cobras to 278, bringing up 75 off 54 balls including only three fours and a six. Magala broke that partnership by clean bowling Smith (29), on the second last ball of the 46th over.

Vilas kept up his brave running between the wickets, but he soon came to his demise when the 31-year-old wicketkeeper was run out on 46 by Simon Harmer. Aviwe Mgijima (21) and Philander saw out the remaining three and a half overs as the Cobras posted 319-6.

The Warriors could not match their opposition’s dominance up front, losing their three star batsmen with only 53 runs on the board. Jon-Jon Smuts (9) was the first to go off the bowling of Rory Kleinveldt on the first ball of the seventh over. Smith then struck twice in the 10th over to dismiss Colin Ingram (16) and Ackermann (2).

Gihahn Cloete and Yaseen Vallie steadied the ship with 58 for the fourth wicket until Cobras captain, Dane Piedt, dismissed Cloete (40 off 45) just as the 24-year-old was starting to find his rhythm. Lesiba Ngoepe contributed with 24 to see Vallie past 50 and his side reach 151, but he was trapped lbw by Ontong halfway through the 27th over.

Vallie (93 off 96) continued to fight despite losing partners at the other end, as Harmer nicked one to the keeper for Philander’s only wicket. Andrew Birch gave hope to his side’s chances putting on 62 with Vallie for the seventh wicket, but he pushed for a second and was run out on 39 off 31 by Ramela.

Smith picked up his third on the last ball of the 41st over when Magala (14 off 11) was caught by Piedt at long-on. Tshepo Moreki struck the following delivery trapping Gqamane lbw for a duck, as the game started to slip away from the Warriors.

Smith wrapped up the match with a slower delivery dismissing Basheeru-Deen Walters (12) to end with figures of 4-38, claiming four points and a 57-run victory.

Despite Vallie top scoring with 93 not out, the Man of the Match was awarded to Levi for setting up the Cobras’ victory.

Article source: SA Cricket Magazine

Lizaad Williams and Tshepo Moreki shared six wickets to put the BuildNat Cape Cobras on top after another shortened second day of their Sunfoil Series encounter against the Multiply Titans at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

After only 31 overs were sent down on day one due to bad light and rain, day two saw less than 60 overs bowled due to the weather as the visitors first shot out the hosts for 195, before then replying with 100/3 by stumps.

Williams, playing in his first match of the season, took 3/46, while fellow seamer Moreki ended with an even more impressive 3/37.

There were also two wickets for all-rounder Jason Smith (2/34) on a day when he also thrived with the bat thanks to an unbeaten 33.

Before that, though, the defending champions fell apart after losing their last seven wickets for 81.
Heinrich Klaasen contributed 52 (106 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) of those runs as the rest of his team-mates faltered around him with the home side rolled over in just 62.3 overs.

They did come out firing with the ball as Rowan Richards (2/16) struck twice and David Wiese (1/13) claimed one wicket that left the home visitors on 37/3.

But Smith and Justin Ontong (24 not out) shared a unbroken 63-run fourth wicket stand before bad light ended play early with the Cobras well positioned just 95 runs behind and with seven wickets in hand.

Half-centuries from Nicky van den Bergh and Dwaine Pretorius helped the bizhub Highveld Lions fight back on day three of their Sunfoil Series clash against the BuildNat Cape Cobras but they were still facing defeat at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Saturday.

The visitors reached stumps on 247/7 – a lead of 100 – although it was a far better showing with the bat after their dismal 126 first time around.

Right-hander Van den Bergh top-scored with 93 (252 balls, 10 fours) and Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder Pretorius hit 62 (113 balls, 8 fours).

The men from Johannesburg had started out the day on 32/0 replying to the Cobras’ 273, but lost four wickets for the addition of just 16 runs as Rassie van der Dussen (13), Reeza Hendricks (28), captain Dominic Hendricks (0) and Kagiso Rapulana (1) fell without significantly contributing on the third morning.

That left all the responsibility on the shoulders of Van den Bergh and Pretorius, who shared a 97-run fifth wicket stand, before Jason Smith, the pick of the bowlers with 2/23, broke through with the wicket of the latter.

Mangaliso Mosehle (21) helped the former add a further 60 for the sixth wicket, before he was run out, while Van den Bergh fell in the final hour handing the advantage firmly in favour of the home side.

Wayne Parnell (2/46) picked up two wickets as the Cobras closed in on a first victory of the season.