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Outstanding death bowling by Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras extend their lead at the top of the CSA T20 Challenge table thanks to a narrow five-run win over the VKB Knights in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The pair claimed two for 43 in eight overs between them, restricting the visitors to 145 for seven in pursuit of 151 at PPC Newlands.

The Knights looked on course for victory at 111 for two in the 15th over thanks to Patrick Kruger’s 57 off 38 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes).

However, they then lost their way, and even though 19 were needed from the final two overs with five wickets in hand, veterans Philander and Kleinveldt were miserly enough to secure the win.

It was the Cobras’ fourth win in five games this season as they moved six points clear. The Central Franchise, meanwhile, were left bottom of the table and still searching for a first win.

The Knights win the toss and bowled first, with the home side having to rely on David Bedingham (50 off 42 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) for most of their scoring. 

Hashim Amla (4) again failed, with the log leaders also having to rely on Philander (30 not out) and George Linde (22 not out) to lift them to 150 for five.

 The reply was a strong one by the visiting side for three-quarters of the way as Kruger received support from Raynard van Tonder (30) and Pite van Biljon (19).

 But Philander (1/17) and Kleinveldt (1/26) pegged them back to sneak a third straight home win for the Cobras.

 

 

Rory Kleinveldt produced the outstanding figures of two for nine in four overs as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras moved to the top of the CSA T20 Challenge table thanks to a narrow eight-run win over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Cape Town on Sunday.

 Out-of-sorts Hashim Amla also showed some glimpses of a return to form by top-scoring for the hosts with a run-a-ball 32 that helped them post 152 for six after being put in to bat first at PPC Newlands.

There were also handy contributions in the 20s by Kyle Verreynne (28), George Linde (27 not out) and Aviwe Mgijima (23).

 However, the visitors would have been relatively happy to have restricted their target to 153 thanks to strong bowling displays by Robbie Frylinck (2/27) as well as spinners Keshav Maharaj (1/20) and Prenelan Subrayen (1/23) – all three sending down their full quota of overs.

 The reply of the Dolphins was a mess as Kleinveldt, who delivered 17 dot balls in his spell, struck twice in his first seven deliveries to remove Sarel Erwee (2) and Morne van Wyk (1).

 And when Vernon Philander (1/28) had Cody Chetty (7) caught behind in the fourth over, the KwaZulu-Natal side were limping on 13 for three.

 They feel into an even deeper hole after Nkululeko Serame’s spin yielded two for 28 and left them on 63 for five by the 14th over.

Then came a near rescue act by Khaya Zondo and Frylinck, who shared in an unbroken 81-run sixth-wicket stand that nearly pulled off an upset.

The captain collected his seventh career half-century to end on 53 not out off 49 balls (1 four, 2 sixes), while veteran all-rounder Frylinck was sensational on his way to an unbeaten 23-ball 47.

 Despite the big hitting, however, the Dolphins were always well behind the game – they needed 54 off 18, 48 off 12 and eventually 24 off six, which proved a mountain too big to scale.

 

The magnificent death-over bowling of Dane Paterson was not the only positive factor of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ inspirational 5-run win against the bizhub Highveld Lions on Sunday. The leadership and bowling of Rory Kleinveldt and the partnership of Vernon Philander and Aviwe Mgijima were two other outstanding features of the thrilling victory, said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Davids said, “We are more relaxed in terms of our preparation and more focused on being match ready for the next three games in the space of six days.

“We want to play with smiles on our faces, operate with freedom, creativeness and express our skills. Hashim Amla is in the team with a point to prove as far as World Cup selection is concerned. We want the other batsmen to increase their strike-rate while they bat around Hash and Kyle Verreynne,” Davids said.

Asked how Paterson was transformed from his disappointing Momentum One Day campaign to his match-winning performance on Sunday, Davids said, “It all comes down to execution of his skills and also conviction. The team management have given him the responsibility to set his own fields. He can only grow in confidence after Sunday’s performance.”

Kleinveldt impressed with his body language and the calmness with which he executed his skills as bowler and captain.

The conditions were conducive to bowling on Sunday because the ball did not really come onto the bat. “We posted a defendable total and we believed that we could defend it,” Davids added.

Asked about the match against the Multiply Titans on Wednesday, Davids said: “Our confidence is there because we beat a strong Lions team. The Titans also field a very good white-ball team. We have nothing to lose and we are going to play with confidence and freedom.

“We have a need to execute,” he added.

Davids hinted that there was still a need to improve, as their clash against the Highveld Lions was only a 7-out-of-10 performance and one or two catches were grassed, while the highest score with the blade was 31.

“We have got the power at the back to launch in George Linde, Vernon, Rory and Paterson,” said Davids.

The Cobras play three games in the next five days, against the Multiply Titans tomorrow, against the Warriors at Eurolux Boland Park on Friday and against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Sunday.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Rory Kleinveldt (capt), Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, David Bedingham, George Linde, Hashim Amla, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Simon Khomari, Tladi Bokako, Vernon Philander

A maiden career five-wicket haul by veteran Rory Kleinveldt laid the platform for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to secure their place in the Momentum One-Day Cup semi-finals thanks to a comfortable seven-wicket win over the VKB Knights in Cape Town on Thursday.

The 36-year-old seamer claimed an impressive five for 22 to help shoot out the visitors for 186 at PPC Newlands, before Zubayr Hamza’s unbeaten 65 (84 balls, 6 fours) guided the hosts to their target with 35 balls remaining.

Victory guaranteed the Cobras a place in next week’s play-offs after they moved to 20 points on the table, with the Knights (14 points) now having to beat the already qualified Multiply Titans on Saturday and hope other final round results go their way to have a chance of progressing.

The Cape side did what they needed to do though, on Human Rights Day.

In a good showing in front of their home fans, Ashwell Prince’s side were made to field first after losing the toss, but their opponents failed to make the most of their decision at the toss.

They lost three wickets before even getting to 10 as Kleinveldt accounted for Patrick Kruger for a duck as well as Keegan Petersen for two, before Vernon Philander, who was also hugely impressive with one for 30 in 10 overs, dismissed Andries Gous (7).

All this inside the opening 4.5 overs as the Knights were in a deep hole from the off.

Captain Pite van Biljon managed just 14, before he too fell, with Rudi Second (49) and Grant Mokoena (44) then doing their best to try and stabilise things with 40s apiece. That did momentarily give the Knights hope after they progressed to 118 for four – the pair adding 73 for the fifth wicket.

Rookie Tsepo Ndwandwa (1/35) eventually broke the stand and from there it was the Kleinveldt show as he blew away the tail to end with lifetime best figures, the fifth of which took him to 200 List A wickets.

His previous best in a career spanning 172 games was four for 22 for South Africa against Pakistan at Bloemfontein in 2012/13.

The Cobras had little trouble chasing down the target, bar a point where they lost Pieter Malan (17) and Janneman Malan (25) relatively close to each other.

That left them at 56 for two, and after 27 by Aviwe Mgijima, Hamza and Kyle Verreynne (44 not out off 55 balls, 4 fours) shared in an unbroken 87-run stand that led their side to an important win.

“Rory Kleinveldt was a phenomenal first-class cricketer for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and South Africa and will be hard to replace in whites for the Cobras,” said coach Ashwell Prince.

He and Dane Piedt, the skipper, hailed the character and playing style of Kleinveldt, who decided to call it a day in first-class cricket after 17 years upon the conclusion of the Four Day Franchise Series match against the Warriors on Thursday.

“He is a highly skilled bowler who bowls a heavy ball and has a never-say-die attitude in the red-ball version of the game,” said Piedt.

“He looked to swing it at the start and then hit the seam consistently. One of his biggest strengths is that he bowled quickly and looked to hit the deck hard.

“The only regret he might have is that he did not score centuries for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras,” added Piedt.

“What he contributed to the first-class arena was something amazing. Nine years ago when I started he took me under his wings and helped me,” Piedt added.

“Rory can be proud of what he has achieved over 17 years. He received the ultimate accolade – he represented his country in tests, One Day Internationals and T20 matches. He forced his way into the national team through the sheer force of performances,” Prince said.

“In the dressing room, he was always a great team-mate and a straight talker.”

As a lower order batsman he was a danger man who regularly found or cleared the ropes and he showed glimpses of his best batting form in his final first-class game against the Warriors, the coach commented.

“He will be remembered as a great runner who never shirked his responsibilities in bowling his overs. Some people made comments about his weight but he did his yo-yo tests and ran 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres and half-marathons,” Prince said.

“He has had a wonderful career and is going to be missed as leader of the attack,” Prince added.

Kleinveldt captured 452 wickets in 148 first-class matches, mostly as carrier of the new ball.

He captured 50 wickets for Northampton in the 2017/2018 season, which included a career-best 9-65.

“Rory was a pivotal part of the World Sport Betting Cape Cobras’ golden trophy-hugging period. One of his greatest traits is his longevity and his all-round role and determination will be missed,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).

“I saw Rory’s skills and ability very early in his career. In fact at 16 years of age I sent him to the UK and only saw him on an upward trajectory since then – representing SA U19, Western Province, Cobras and South Africa.

“He has been an outstanding servant of the game,” Dien added.

“Rory played club cricket while still at school and served Western Province and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras with distinction over a period of 17 years. We are grateful he will still be available in the white-ball formats as he has been a leader of the attack for such an extensive period,” said Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt officially retired from first-class cricket at the conclusion of the Cobras’ Four Day Franchise series match against the Warriors at PPC Newlands on Thursday.

Kleinveldt Tweet soon after the match, “Finally lost the love for the toil!!!! Been a great ride and made some unbelievable memories. Love to all my teammates, coaches, family and friends for the support over the 17 years.”

Kleinveldt captured 454 wickets in 148 first-class matches for Western Province, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Northampton.

His 9-65, a career-best, came for Northampton, in the 2017-2018 season in which he nipped out 50 first-class batsmen.

Kleinveldt also represented South Africa in four Test matches, ten On Day Internationals and six T20 Internationals.

A burly bowling all-rounder, Kleinveldt won the first match of the Four-day franchise series against the VKB Knights with a four and a towering six when the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras started shakily.

As a youngster, he was a member of South Africa’s U19 team which made the final of the 2002 Cricket World Cup for age groups.

He was fast-tracked into first-class cricket by Western Province in the 2002/2003 season.

Kleinveldt made his debut for South Africa in the test arena against Australia in the 2012/2013 season and captured 3-65 at Adelaide versus the Baggy Greens.

A hard-hitting lower order batsman and a bowler who seams the ball both ways, Kleinveldt will remain part of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ white-ball campaigns.

Rory Kleinveldt and Jason Smith struck with bat and ball as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fought back well during the second half of day one of their latest 4-Day Domestic Series assignment against the Warriors in Cape Town on Monday.

The pair shared a crucial 75-run stand that rescued the log leaders from a limp 132 for seven to post 239 all out at PPC Newlands.

The pair then nabbed a wicket apiece as the visitors were pegged back to 60 for three by stumps on a busy opening day.

It was a crucial display in both disciplines by the pair, with Smith the architect through his holding 74 (115 balls, 12 fours).

Before that the home side, who are seeking a victory that will take them even closer to the four-day title, wilted under the pressure of a strong bowling display by the Warriors.

The Eastern Cape side won the toss and three wickets apiece by Basheer Walters (3/51) and Glenton Stuurman (3/88) jolted the Cobras badly.

They were seven down by the 49th over with only David Bedingham (43) and Kyle Verreynne (31) making any significant impact.

It was then left to Smith and Kleinveldt, who blasted 42 off 44 balls, to provide some sort of meaningful total.

There were also two wickets from Simon Harmer (2/32) and Lutho Sipamla (2/57) as the Warriors completed a good day with the ball.

However, some of that work was undone when Lizaad Williams (1/21) and Kleinveldt (1/14) got rid of in-form openers Eddie Moore (10) and Gihahn Cloete (7) respectively, leaving the away side on 18 for two.

Smith (1/9) then got Yaseen Vallie (20) to dent the Warriors further, with Colin Ackermann (17) and Jon-Jon Smuts (5) taking their side to stumps – 179 runs behind.

Rory Kleinveldt led a stunning bowling display by the BuildNat Cape Cobras with his five wickets paving the way for a superb nine-wicket win over defending champions the Multiply Titans late on the final day at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.

The fast bowler took 5/45 in 18 overs as the home side were skittled for a poor 168 on the final afternoon, before the visitors eased to their 38-run victory target with just one wicket down.

It was a remarkable result for the Capetonians considering the match ended up constituting 239.4 overs – with just under half of the time lost due to rain and bad light.

However, the Cobras’ first innings batting display, built around a century from veteran Justin Ontong, and two disciplined performances by their bowlers set up a win that saw them climb off the foot of the table for the first time this season.

The Titans began the final day on 20/0 as a draw looked the most likely outcome. But after a 61-run opening stand between Aiden Markram (24) and Heino Kuhn (41), they lost all their wickets for 107.

Kleinveldt’s 18th career five-for proved pivotal, but Tshepo Moreki (2/37) proved a useful foil, and so did Jason Smith after he picked up 1/17 in 11.3 overs – his wicket being top-scorer Heinrich Klaasen (54 off 133 balls, 4 fours, 1 six).

The Cobras (70.66 points), who have enjoyed a real turnaround since the appointment of Ashwell Prince as coach at the turn of the year, walked away with 18.52 points, to move ahead of the bizhub Highveld Lions (67.18).

The Titans (76.66) fell to third, although all six teams remain in the title hunt with two rounds to play.