One Day Cup
Cobras regain second place
Stiaan Van Zyl (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras stormed back into second place on the Momentum One-Day Cup log at Sahara Park Newlands on Friday evening with their fourth successive victory, this time by 37 runs over the Chevrolet Warriors.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras batted first after winning the toss, and got off to a solid start thanks to an innings of 83 from Richard Levi. The burly opener played some delicate shots, taking thirteen boundaries off the 94 balls he faced. He made a whirlwind start, finding the boundary five times in the first two overs, but after that Makhaya Ntini and Andrew Birch, who bowled throughout the first Power Play, restricted the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras to 40 in the first ten overs, just eighteen coming from overs three to ten.
Nevertheless, Stiaan van Zyl, slow to start, added 99 off 130 with Levi and, after Dane Vilas failed for once, another 107 off 98 balls with Yaseen Vallie. Vallie went in the 46th over for 58, his first half-century at this level, made off 52 balls, and Van Zyl followed in the next over for 86 off 111 balls with 9 fours.
The loss of wickets took some of the impetus out of the innings, but a big final over saw nineteen runs added. Justin Ontong cleared the boundary twice as Birch was unable to contain the onslaught.
Birch and Jon-Jon Smuts each finished with two wickets. Ntini took a pounding in his first over, conceding twelve runs, but only allowed the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras another 26 as he bowled his ten overs on the trot.
Chasing targets of this size is never easy under the Newlands lights, but Ashwell Prince and Jon-Jon Smuts got their team off to the best of starts. Although Langeveldt and Louw were getting some movement, and a few edges went wide of the slips, the pair saw off the opening attack.
Inexperienced seamers Lizaad Williams and Ferisco Adams took some punishment, but Ontong tightened things up and Alistair Gray made the breakthrough in his first over as Smuts looked to play him off the back foot and was trapped in front. Chevrolet Warriors debutant Christiaan Jonker failed to pull off an attempted big hit soon afterwards as Gray made another breakthrough.
The openers both made half-centuries, Smuts being dismissed the ball after reaching the landmark for 50, made off 64 balls with 9 fours, while Prince was a bit more reserved in reaching 66 off 90 balls.
After that, there was little substance to the innings. Colin Ackermann made a start, but with Langeveldt coming back to produce another good spell, the middle-order fell apart. Langeveldt claimed the big wicket of Davy Jacobs as he fished outside off-stump, and added two more as the later order were unable to keep the momentum going.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras had hopes of claiming a bonus point, but some big hitting from Birch, while Wayne Parnell settled for playing the ball into the gaps, saw the ninth wicket partnership posting a useful 28. This took the Chevrolet Warriors beyond the score of 226 which was the cut-off for the bonus point.
Langeveldt finished with three for 47, while Williams and Gray finished with two apiece. Vallie also did his job with the ball, trapping Prince in front in his first over as an attempted reverse sweep failed to make contact.
Van Zyl took the Man of the Match award.