SuperSport Series

Cobras venom strikes Lions

2009-12-16 18:44
Justin Kemp (file)

Johannesburg - A fine all-round display of bowling by the Cape Cobras attack ensured that the Highveld Lions were dismissed for a below-par 202 within 74 overs, in their SuperSport match at the Wanderers, on Wednesday.

With the evening shadows lengthening across the Bullring, the umpires called the players off the park with the Cobras on 69 for one, with Andrew Puttick on 34 and Stiaan van Zyl on 11.

Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to take first strike, the Lions were soon in trouble losing the wicket of Stephen Cook in the fifth over of the day caught at third slip by Justin Kemp off Vernon Philander.

Fellow opener, Alviro Petersen (12), lingered as did Jonathan Vandiar (5) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (7), but their inability to coax the ball off the square proved to be their undoing.

And it seemed probable that, even allowing for a pitch that has played reliably, save for the occasional ball keeping low, the hosts would be put out of their lingering misery by being bowled out cheaply before the close of play.

A determined partnership, however, of 45 between Neil McKenzie and Zander de Bruyn permitted a stay of execution, but it proved to be only temporary as McKenzie departed after being trapped in front by Monde Zondeki for an obdurate 82-ball 30.

De Bruyn faced a similar number of deliveries before he was sent packing by Philander for 35, to give the seamer his third wicket of the innings.

However, an eighth-wicket stand of 62 between Cliffe Deacon and Robbie Frylinck gave the impression that batting had become easier on a glorious day and whatever demons had been lurking under the strip had packed up and gone home.

But the hope that had sprung eternal in the Lions' breasts was doused as Robbie Peterson trapped Deacon in the crease for 27.

Monty Panesar was caught by Justin Ontong at mid-wicket trying to pull Alistair Gray, and Pumelela Matshikwe went lbw to Peterson, and all resistance was crushed, Frylinck was the last man standing on 46.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Kallis stars in IPL opener

2014-04-16 21:03

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which franchise are you supporting in the SuperSport Series?

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.