Cape Town - Half-centuries by Stephen Cook and Alviro Petersen helped the Highveld Lions complete a
comprehensive eight-wicket victory over the Cape Cobras to clinch the Momentum
One-Day Cup title in emphatic fashion at PPC Newlands on Sunday.
senior visiting batsmen were not the only key contributors for their side with
the bowlers also playing a vital role in Cape Town, where the Johannesburg side
won with a massive 98 balls to spare.
plaudits will be taken by Cook, who ended unbeaten on 77 (94 balls, 9 fours) at
the end, and Petersen, after his 55 (56 balls, 8 fours), but the real graft was
done by the Lions’ bowlers.
winning the toss and opting to field first, they turned in a splendid display
with the ball to topple the hosts for just 169 in 42 overs.
Matshikwe and Aaron Phangiso claimed three wickets apiece, while there was one
each for all the other frontline bowlers.
Matshikwe was particularly impressive with his 3/28 in eight overs, including
two maidens. Phangiso bagged 3/33 in nine overs on a memorable day for the
batsmen made a significant contribution for the Cobras. That was captain Justin
Ontong with 60 (77 balls, 2 fours).
total looked significantly short at the halfway stage, and so it told.
made light work of the chase and raced to 67 for none in the 15th
over, before Rassie van der Dussen (29) fell.
Petersen and Cook, killed off any hopes that may have been raised by that
wicket with a 96-run second wicket stand.
Proteas opener Petersen took his season aggregate beyond the 700 mark, before
he eventually fell with less than 10 to get, and Cook struck the winning runs
to hit the 500 mark when they achieved the target in the 34th over.
the one-day competition was the first outright title for the Lions since the
2003/04 season when they did so as Gauteng in the pre-franchise era.. They did
share the prize with the Cobras in 2012/13.