Cape Town - The Cape Cobras extended their unbeaten run in the Sunfoil
Series by beating the Titans by 10 wickets at Newlands on Saturday. The win
also helps keep the Western Cape franchise at top of the Sunfoil Series table.
The Cape Cobras declared late on the second day on 476/8, 284 runs ahead, after
fine knocks from Andrew Puttick, Alistair Gray, Stiaan van Zyl and Qaasim Adams
who hit 66 off 74 balls. Their opening bowlers then bagged two quick scalps to
leave the Nashua Titans reeling on 15/2, still 269 runs behind at stumps on day
With the Titans in a bit of a pickle on the third morning, Johann Louw struck
again for the home side, dismissing Pieter Malan with the batsman getting an edge
through to third slip where Van Zyl took the catch. Heino Kuhn, however, dug in
and notched up an unbeaten 74 while Jacques Rudolph looked steady at the other
end on 19 not out.
The Nashua Titans went to lunch on 131/3, still 153 runs behind the Cape
Cobras’ first innings total.
After the break, Kuhn went on to make 84 before Louw trapped him leg-before for
84. Mangaliso Moshele and David Wiese both fell relatively cheaply, but Rudolph
stood firm and added 77 before he edged through to Dane Vilas off Louw. Roelof
van der Merwe soon followed after adding just five, edging through to Vilas off
Shaun von Berg launched a late assault, scoring 23 off 28 balls, including two
fours and a six off a Louw over, but the tail-ender was dismissed getting a
thick edge off Justin Kemp with Yaseen Vallie running back from point to take a
good catch over his shoulders.
The late resistance from the visitors had erased the deficit, but it wasn't
enough and the Titans were all out for 301 in their second innings.
The Cape Cobras had to bat again, needing just 18 to win. Openers Puttick and
Gray made light work of the target and knocked it off in just 4.2 overs to
claim a very convincing victory on home turf.
The Cape Cobras claimed 18.98 points while the Titans only received 2.84, which
keeps them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Andrew Puttick, Alistair Gray, Stiaan van Zyl, Yaseen Vallie, Qaasim Adams,
Dane Villas (captain), Justin Kemp, Vernon Philander, Johann Louw, Dane Piedt,
Heino Kuhn (captain), Tumelo Bodibe, Rowan Richards, David Wiese, Jacques
Rudolph, Shaun von Berg, Roelof van der Merwe, CJ de Villiers, Mangaliso
Moshele, Pieter Malan, Tumi Masekela