Cape Town - A career-best eight wickets in a marathon effort of 50.4
overs by Dane Piedt helped the Cape Cobras to an epic
37-run victory over the Warriors deep into the final day of their 4-Day Franchise Series clash in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The spinner finished with eight for 130, which included 16
maidens, to bowl out the hosts for 380 in pursuit of a 418-victory target with
just 3.2 overs of the game remaining.
Gihahn Cloete’s century (108 off 193 balls, 16 fours) was
overshadowed in the process as the Cobras secured a huge win in the context of
This thanks to a massive effort from Piedt and his
team-mates, while the Warriors too had to be credited for coming so close to
toppling the log-leaders, who now extend their lead even further at the top of
The Eastern Cape franchise had started day four on 93 for
none at St George’s Park, needing a further 325 to earn a priceless win.
Eddie Moore was batting alongside Cloete at that stage, but
after the pair raised the century stand, the former became Piedt’s first victim
after he was bowled.
Another big stand followed between the centurion and Colin
Ackermann (43) - the pair adding 89 for the second wicket - before the Cobras’
spinner accounted for both with the score on 192.
Yaseen Vallie (46) and captain Jon-Jon Smuts (44) had to
start from scratch again, with the pair doing a good job of things by adding 78
for the fourth wicket as the hosts reached 270 for three.
Again both fell within eight overs of each other leaving the
tail with too much to do.
Sinethema Qeshile (34) and Clyde Fortuin (20) did their best
to try and pull off the unlikely, with the Warriors even reaching 352 for six
at one stage, but Piedt outlasted everyone and help script a fine win.
His figures also surpassed his previous best return of seven
for 92 for the Cobras against the Titans back in 2010/11.
The other two wickets on the card were taken by Dane
Paterson (2/107), who had learnt earlier in the day of his addition to the
South Africa squad for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan
starting next week.
Overall, the result had a massive effect on the table as it
allowed the Cobras to move clear at the summit of the table to a total of
126.16 points, over 30 ahead of the Highveld Lions with four rounds to
The next round of fixtures begins on January 4.