1 Day Cup
Cobras surge to the top
Cape Town - The Cape Cobras moved to the top of the 1 Day Cup standings thanks to a six-wicket win over the Warriors at Newlands here on Friday.
Owais Shah, JP Duminy and Justin Ontong all contributed half-centuries as the Cobras reached 245 for four in 46.5 overs in reply to the Warriors 244 all out.
The victory saw the Cobras leapfrog the Warriors into first place on the log standings on 28 points, three ahead of the Warriors, with both teams having one group match left.
The Cobras made a rocky start to their run chase as they slipped to 19 for two with veteran paceman Makhaya Ntini removing Graeme Smith (2) and Andrew Puttick (12).
But Shah and Duminy combined for a 91-run third-wicket partnership before Shah, after scoring 50, popped a simple return catch to left-arm spinner Nicky Boje.
Shah achieved a fine personal milestone during his innings as he went past 10 000 List A runs.
The left-handed Duminy weighed in a patient 59 before he was caught by keeper Arno Jacobs off a delivery from left-arm quick Wayne Parnell to leave the Cobras on 178 for four in the 39th over, still needing 67 runs to win.
But Ontong took over as he raised a run-a-ball fifty before storming to 65 not out off 62 deliveries while he received good support from Mark Boucher who struck a quick-fire 37 not out to secure the win.
Ntini, whose opening spell produced figures of 6-1-15-2, ended the match with 2-32 off nine overs.
Justin Kemp had earlier led an impressive bowling performance as the Cobras bowled the Warriors out off the last ball of their innings.
Medium-pacer Kemp grabbed 3-34 off seven overs and was directly responsible for a middle-order collapse from the Warriors.
The pace trio of Rory Kleinveldt (2-43), Charl Langeveldt (2-43) and Johann Louw (2-68) all tasted success with the ball while left-arm spinner Robin Peterson played his part in keeping the run-rate in check as his 10 overs cost just 31 runs.
The log-leading Warriors won the toss and elected to bat and, despite the early loss of Jon-Jon Smuts (5), made their way to 60 for one on the back of a 50-run second-wicket stand between Colin Ingram (25) and Arno Jacobs.
But the 34-year-old Kemp derailed the Warriors’ progress when he had Ingram caught at midwicket before bowling Jacobs after the batsman had played some sparkling shots in racing to 55 off 60 deliveries with nine fours.
Kemp then had Ashwell Prince (5) caught behind by keeper Boucher as the visitors slumped to 104 for four.
Craig Thyssen and Johan Botha tried their best to resurrect the innings with a sixth-wicket partnership of 63.
The powerfully-built Thyssen struck some lusty blows in rushing to 34 off 28 balls but Kleinveldt rocked the Warriors with two wickets in as many balls when he bowled Thyssen and the left-handed Boje (0) as the visitors crumbled to 195 for seven.
But Botha was not prepared to go quietly as he battled his way to 57 not out off 76 deliveries as he and Parnell (21) put on 38 runs for the seventh wicket before Parnell was dismissed when he has caught at third man off a delivery from Langeveldt.Teams:
Cape Cobras - Graeme Smith, Andrew Puttick, Owais Shah, JP Duminy, Justin Ontong, Justin Kemp (captain), Mark Boucher, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Johann Louw, Charl Langeveldt.
Warriors - Jon-Jon Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Arno Jacobs, Colin Ingram (captain) , Justin Kreusch, Johan Botha, Craig Thyssen, Nicky Boje, Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Makhaya Ntini.