One Day Cup
Cobras tail stuns Dolphins
Dane Piedt (Gallo Images)
Pietermaritzburg - Tail-enders Charl Langeveldt
and Dane Piedt
shone with the bat as the Cape Cobras clawed back from the brink of defeat to oust the Dolphins by two wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method in their One-day Cup match here on Sunday.
Chasing a reduced 222 (off 39 overs) victory target after a brief rain interruption, the visitors looked out of the contest on 174 for eight and only the tail to come.
But Piedt (24 off 16 balls) and veteran Langeveldt (23 off 16) shared an unbroken 51-run stand to guide the defending champions over the line with eight balls to spare.
Earlier, David Miller struck 68 off 45 to propel the hosts to 253 for six, with Daryn Smit and Vaughn van Jaarsveld also hitting half centuries.
There were no major contributors for the Cobras, with Andrew Puttick
's 48 being the Cobra's top score on a warm day at the Pietermaritzburg Oval.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the hosts lost openers Cameron Delport and Jonathan Vandiar inside the first six overs, both bowled by Langeveldt, who took two for 50, and Beuran Hendricks
, claiming three wickets for 50 runs in his spell, respectively.
But Smit and Van Jaarsveld resurrected the innings beautifully with a 121-run partnership that came from close to 30 overs.
After both fell in quick succession, it was left to Miller, who struck nine fours and one straight six over long-on, to propel the innings.
Robbie Frylinck with 17 offered good support in a 50 partnership from 31 balls as the Dolphins set 254.
That total proved fairly gettable early in the chase when Puttick and Richard Levi
made a fairly fast start.
But Proteas Twenty20 specialist Levi, who would have been out to prove his detractors wrong following a lean patch for South Africa, fell to a smart catch from debutante Lonwabo Tsotsobe
at short fine leg off Mthokozisi Shezi.
Frylinck then drew a fine edge from Dane Vilas
to Smit just after the 50 was raised when rain held up play - the sixth consecutive home match for the KwaZulu-Natal outfit where rain intervened.
With 146 needed in 22 overs after they resumed, the Cobras went in search for quick runs.
They took 39 from the first four overs after the break before Prenelan Subrayen, with two wickets for 43, accounted for Puttick and Stiaan van Zyl in successive overs to leave the visitors on 124 for four.
That brought Justin Ontong
and Yaseen Vallie
together following Puttick and Van Zyl's stand of 59.
But the Vallie fell for five and Ontong for 33, out leg before wicket, to hand Tsotsobe, his first wicket for the Dolphins.
Louw was his second, before Piedt and Langeveldt took their side over the line.