Cape Town - Dane Paterson and Zakhele Qwabe
shared seven wickets to set the Cape Cobras up for a much-needed, bonus-point win over the Highveld Lions at Senwes Park on Friday
Paterson took 4-32 and
Qwabe returned 3-38 as the Lions were bowled out for just 188 after winning
the toss and electing to bat, before Richard Levi’s quickfire 85 helped the
Cobras to a six-wicket win.
Playing just his second
franchise game for the Cobras, seamer Qwabe took three wickets in his first
spell as the Lions collapsed to 83/6 in the first half of their innings.
Left-arm spinner George Linde
also played a role, grabbing the key wickets of Mangaliso Mosehle and Dwaine
Pretorius and conceding just 19 runs in his 10-over allotment.
After Wiaan Mulder (24) and
Nono Pongolo (47 not out) had attempted to carry the Lions to a respectable
total with a 69-run stand for the eighth wicket, Paterson returned to remove
the last three wickets and dismiss the Lions with one ball remaining in their
Chasing a modest target, the
Cobras openers took their usual contrasting approaches, with Levi smashing 85
from 60 balls while Andrew Puttick looked to anchor the innings.
The pair put on 125 for the
first wicket before Levi fell to Aaron Phangiso in the 19th over. By that stage
the result was in the bag, and although Carmi le Roux picked up two wickets in
two balls, Puttick’s unbeaten 57 saw the Cobras home in the 33rd over.
The result lifted the Cobras
off the foot of the table as they moved into fourth position, one point behind
the third-placed Lions but having played a game more.