The character under duress throughout the game and the 228-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Pieter Malan and Vernon Philander which could be a pivotal day of the season, were the standout features of the emphatic five-wicket victory at PPC Newlands by the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, said Ashwell Prince, head coach of the hosts.


“It was a phenomenal team effort,” a delighted Prince said moments after Philander struck a six over long on to clinch victory for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras as they reached 173 for five and eclipsed the 171 needed for a win..


“The partnership between Malan and Philander and Dane Paterson’s late spell – he took 6-63 including three late wickets on day three in the space of six balls – were the key factors,” said Dane Piedt, the proud skipper.


“I have always said Pato is not only a white-ball cricketer. He is a proper red-ball cricketer who has taken over 300 first-class wickets,” Piedt said.


“He is close to the leading wicket-taker of the competition although he has played in one game less. We always know he is a good white-ball cricketer, but he became renowned a couple of seasons ago when he was the leading wicket taker in the four-day franchise games with over 40 wickets,” Prince added.


“On day four (on Thursday), we needed two cricketers to knuckle down because we still had about 100 runs to score and they had taken four wickets. Avi (Aviwe Mgijima) played a really good innings and Kyle Verreynne showed his character,” Prince said.


“It was the second time this season that Kyle has produced that knock under pressure (he scored an unbeaten 51 in a four-wicket win against the VKB Knights in the first four-day game of the season),” Piedt said in heaping praise on Verreynne.


“It was a defining knock for Aviwe. He was under a bit of pressure,” Piedt said.


“It was a defining knock, but in the nets he was getting into good positions,” said Faiek Davids, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ assistant coach.


Prince hailed the backroom staff and specifically Sherman Baatjes for his strength and conditioning work which contributed to Paterson bowling two spells of nine overs and for Malan facing 296 balls in his knock of 153 and for batting for 426 minutes.


The coaching staff also praised Mthiwekhaya Nabe for taking 5-60.


“I thought it was a really good cricket wicket because there were two centuries, three five-wicket hauls and 35 wickets falling. Credit must go to Evan Flint, the curator,” said Piedt.


The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are at the summit of the log with 99.86 points and they will clash with the bizhub Highveld Lions, second on the log with 66.98 points, from Monday at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl.