Champions League T20

Cobras notch up another win

2009-10-17 17:33
Cobras hero Henry Davids (Gallo)
Cape Town - Henry Davids scored a magnificent 69 to power the Cobras to an emphatic eight-wicket win against Victoria in the League B Champions League match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.

The match was reduced from 20 to 17 overs due to a bomb scare and security concerns at the stadium.

A routine security check revealed a suspect suitcase and a man was provisionally held by the police before been released without being charged.

The Victorian Bushrangers started off in disastrous fashion when they lost Rob Quiney and Brad Hodge, both for ducks in the first over of the match, bowled by Monde Zondeki.

Pegged back by the double-strike, Victoria did well to gain quick momentum thanks to 22 off 16 balls by Aiden Blizzard.

He pulled and drove confidently before slicing a full delivery by Rory Kleinveldt to Stiaan van Zyl at cover as Victoria slipped to 28/3.

The Cobras used three spinners in an attempt to deny Victoria pace and it worked partially as Dave Hussey was dismissed by JP Duminy (caught by Kleinveldt) just as he and Cameron White seem to be breaking the shackles.

Hussey (19, 22 balls, 1x4, 1x6) and White struggled to get the momentum going against good slow bowling by the left-arm spinner Claude Henderson.

Henderson finished with 0/19 in four overs, an excellent return against masterful players of spin in Hussey and White.

Zondeki, who finished with 2/21 from four overs, was the other bowling hero of the Cobras.

White batted with grit and tried his utmost to accelerate the innings, but he fell for 24 (30 balls, 2x4) when he attempted an aerial assault on Vernon Philander and was caught by Justin Ontong.

McDonald (29, 22 balls, 2x4) and Matthew Wade (18, 10 balls, 3x4) added 31 runs in 3.1 overs as they flourished towards the end.
The Cobra plan with the slow bowlers yielded one wicket in eight overs, while conceding 62 runs.

Philander finished with 1/12 in two overs.

The Cobras lost their out-of-form talisman with the bat, Herschelle Gibbs, prior to the match as he did not feel confident of starting the match due to security concerns because of a bomb scare.

Teams:

Nashua Cape Cobras: Andrew Puttick (capt), Herschelle Gibbs, Henry Davids, JP Duminy, Justin Ontong, Ryan Canning (wk), Vernon Philander, Rory Kleinveldt, Claude Henderson, Monde Zondeki, Charl Langeveldt, Stiaan van Zyl.

Victoria: Cameron White (capt), Aiden Blizzard, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, JW Hastings, Brad Hodge, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Andrew McDonald, Bryce McGain, Clint McKay, Rob Quiney, Peter Siddle, Matthew Wade (wk), Damien Wright

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