Cape Town - Wayne Parnell's four-wicket bag and brisk half-centuries from Stiaan van Zyl and Richard Levi carried the Cape Cobras up to second on the Momentum One-Day Cup table as they beat the VKB Knights with a bonus point at Boland Park.
Parnell returned figures of 4 for 40 from his 10 overs, nipping out two wickets in one over during his first spell, as the Knights were held to 211 for seven after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Recognising that the total was well below par, Levi and Van Zyl chased the bonus point right from the get-go, putting on 118 for the first wicket in under 24 overs before Levi was bowled by Malusi Siboto for 71.
Van Zyl was then aided by an aggressive Omphile Ramela, who stroked 43 from 41 balls, and finished unbeaten on 90 as the Cobras achieved the target in 38.1 overs to win by eight wickets.
The ease with which the batsmen completed the chase proved that there were no demons in the pitch, and showed just how well the Cobras bowlers had gone about their business.
Although the Knights made a reasonable start with Reeza Hendricks (30) and Rudi Second (23) putting on 47 for the first wicket, they were swiftly pegged back by Parnell’s brace - which claimed the scalps of Hendricks and Diego Rosier - and then another double breakthrough from Robin Peterson, who dismissed Second and Patrick Botha in consecutive overs.
That left Obus Pienaar to rebuild the innings with his captain, Werner Coetsee, and although the pair put on 107 for the sixth wicket, they were unable to inject any urgency into the innings as the Cobras bowlers all showed excellent discipline.
Peterson recorded figures of 2 for 28 in his 10 overs and Vernon Philander conceded just 31 runs in his quota, while Parnell grabbed the wickets of Coetsee (51) and Shadley van Schalkwyk in the final over of the innings to leave Pienaar unbeaten on 73.
With the batsmen grabbing the bonus point that the bowlers had offered up, the Cobras joined the Dolphins on nine points after three games, but sit behind them on net run-rate.