MiWay T20 Challenge
Levi sets up Cobras' victory
Richard Levi (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - Richard Levi confirmed his emergence as one of the outstanding young talents in limited overs cricket when he won his second Standard Bank Master Blaster batting award on Sunday in the space of three matches.
Levi’s unbeaten 51 off 30 balls was the foundation for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras victory over the Chevrolet Knights in the Standard Bank Pro20 match played at the OUTsurance Oval. The Cobras won by 13 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a match that was reduced to 10 overs per side.
Heavy rain reduced the match to 14 overs per side before the start and, after the Cobras, having been sent into bat, made 38/0 in the first 5 overs, the rain returned.
It was this situation that reflected very positively on the maturity of Levi’s innings. With 5 overs left to bat the Cobras needed to accelerate without losing too many wickets and Levi carried out this brief to perfection as the visitors finished on 91/1 to set the Knights a D/L target of 95. The Knights also had only 3 power play batting overs as opposed to the four of the Cobras.
Rilee Rossouw threatened to match Levi’s performance before he fell to one of three catches by Justin Kemp for 35 runs off 17 balls. Kemp not only took three catches but also had the outstanding figures of 1/3 in his one over.
Once Rossouw was out the Knights lost too many wickets for too few runs, although they were still in with a good chance when they needed 25 off the last 2 overs with 5 wickets in hand.
However, Charl Langeveldt produced a superb 9th over which earned him a wicket and cost only 4 runs to leave Johann Louw to defend 20 runs in the last over. Langeveldt was named Standard Bank Master Blaster bowler for his figures of 2/10 in 2 overs.
The Cobras now join the Nashua Dolphins at the top of the log with 8 points although the Dolphins have a game in hand. The Nashua Titans, the Chevrolet Warriors and the bizhub Highveld Lions are all on 4 points while the Knights have yet to get off the mark.
The next match is between the Knights and the Lions at Senwes Park on Wednesday evening (18:00 start).