Cobras build slight lead
East London - Sixteen wickets tumbled on the first day of the Sunfoil Series match at Buffalo Park on Thursday with the Chevrolet Warriors being bowled out for 107 before the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras stumbled to 165-6 in their reply at stumps.
The toss, and subsequently the start of the match, was delayed in East London as scaffolding in front of the sightscreen caused a slight technical hiccup. Ground staff attended to the issues while the situation was re-assessed.
Once the issue had been dealt with, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras won the toss and chose to field. Play started just over an hour late and the Chevrolet Warriors wasted no time to get going with openers Davy Jacobs and Michael Price putting on a brisk 45-run partnership. The two batsmen picked their shots well, hitting the bad balls for boundaries and leaving the rest while rotating the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Johann Louw then bagged a breakthrough for the visitors shortly before lunch, when he trapped Price leg-before, to send the opener packing for 26. JJ Smuts joined Jacobs in the middle and the two survived to take the Warriors to 51-1 at lunch. All seemed good and well until a collapse of epic proportions started.
Smuts was gone soon after lunch, bowled by Charl Langveldt, and Jacobs followed not too long after, edging through to Dane Vilas off the bowling of Lizaad Williams.
It was the Beuran Hendricks show after that as the left-armer picked up five wickets in total as the home side slumped to 107 all out, not a single batsman managing to pass 26. Hendricks, with his 7.4-2-34-5, claimed the best first-class figures of his career.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras got off to an equally shaky start in their reply with Alistair Gray falling early as he got a thick edge through to the slips off Basheeru-Deen Walters. Fellow opener Andrew Puttick fell shortly afterwards, caught leg-before by Andrew Birch and Ayabulela Gqamane then got rid of both Stiaan van Zyl and Yaseen Vallie as the Cobras stumbled to 99-4.
The fifth wicket partnership saw some brief resistance with returning skipper Justin Ontong and Qaasim Adams combing for 58 runs before Adams became Walters’ second wicket of the day. Dane Vilas managed just 16 before he got out needlessly driving and edging to the slips as Walters claimed his third scalp.
Ontong survived until stumps and was unbeaten on 40 with Louw yet to get off the mark at the other end as the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras ended the day 58 runs ahead in what looks set to be an enticing battle.