Cobras cruise past SA Schools
Michael Rippon (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Cape Cobras cruised to an eight-wicket victory with 36 balls to spare over the SA Schools XI in a 50 overs match at Newlands on Wednesday.
The schoolboys played on a pitch that was far flatter than anything they had encountered during the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 Cricket Week and they struggled to adapt to bowling the right length. There were far too many short balls on an unresponsive surface.
Alastair Gray (115) and Matthew Kleinveldt (46) anchored the successful Cobras’ runs chase with an opening partnership of 118 and then Gray and Yaseen Vallie (46) almost finished the job with a second wicket stand of 97 runs. Gray reached his century off 127 balls with 11 fours.
Calvin Savage was the only successful SA Schools bowler, dismissing Kleinveldt, while Vallie was run out by a direct hit.
Earlier the Schools XI had posted a reasonably competitive total of 233/6 highlighted by half-centuries from Murray Coetzee (59 off 105 balls with 7 fours) and Diego Rosier (71 not out off 79 balls with 3 fours).
Coetzee and Jean Bredenkamp put on 91 for the first wicket and Rosier was involved in partnerships of 42 with Lesiba Ngoepe and 41 with Mkhululi Calane.
The Cobras made extensive use of their spinners with Michael Rippon being the most successful (3/45).