Johannesburg - Cape Cobras part-time off-spinner Sybrand
Engelbrecht was the Cape side’s hero as he bravely defended a target of just 11
runs in a Super Over to see his team to their first victory in the Champions
League T20 in Mohali on Friday afternoon, the supersport.com website reports.
Dane Vilas and Richard Levi had combined to gather 11 runs
from a brilliant over from seamer Ravi Rampaul and the Barbados Tridents would
have kept their tournament hopes alive by just matching that total and winning
on a boundary count.
But Engelbrecht kept his nerve bowling full and wide and the
Barbados batsmen were left floundering as they were eliminated from semi-final
It was all especially hard on Tridents batsman Jonathan
Carter who smashed a career best 111 not out to lead his team to a highly
competitive total of 174 for eight in the match proper.
The men from the Caribbean made a cautious start after
losing two quick wickets but Carter found a willing partner in Dilshan
Munaweera and they gradually rebuilt the innings with a third-wicket stand of
75 in 11 overs with Carter registering a pedestrian 50 from 40 balls.
The diminutive left-hander made a mockery of both his
physique and record in this format by smashing ten fours and five sixes from a
total of just 68 deliveries.
A previous highest of score of 61 and an embarrassing strike
rate of just 98 in 39 previous T20 matches did not suggest he was capable of
such an assault.
Munaweera’s 42 from 21 balls was the only other score of
note while part-time off-spinner Engelbrecht was comfortably the pick of the
bowlers with 2-24 from a full complement of four overs.
Justin Kemp (2-0-27-0) and Aviwe Mgijima (2-0-23-0) bore the
brunt of the assault with skipper Justin Ontong bowling a single over for 14.
But it was Carter who struggled most against Engelbrecht in
the over which mattered, scoring just nine runs from four balls and missing out
on a leg-stump full toss from the final ball.
The Cobras must now win their final group match convincingly
to have a chance of progressing.
Barbados Tridents: EMDY Munaweera, SO Dowrich (wk), RA
Reifer, JL Carter, JEC Franklin, JO Holder, AR Nurse, AJ Hosein, BMAJ Mendis,
RR Emrit (capt), R Rampaul
Cape Cobras: RE Levi, HM Amla, OA Ramela, DJ Vilas (wk), JL
Ontong (capt), JM Kemp, SA Engelbrecht, RJ Peterson, VD Philander, A Mgijima,