Gibbs guides Cobras to victory

2009-11-07 06:18

Cape Town - Herschelle Gibbs steered the Cape Cobras to a six-wicket win with an undefeated ton in the MTN40 match against the Dolphins at Newlands on Friday evening.

The Cobras replied with a match winning 248/8 after the Dolphins scored 243/4 in their innings.

Gibbs's 102 not out was compiled from 78 balls and included seven fours and five sixes. Together with Justin Ontong (31 off 28 balls) he saw the Cobras home with 26 balls to spare in an unbeaten 108-run stand for the fifth wicket.

After the early loss of Henry Davids (three), Robin Peterson (51 off 35) and Andrew Puttick (23 off 37) repaired the early damage for the Cobras with a stand of 63 runs for the second wicket.

Stiaan van Zyl (25 off 31) also weighed in with a useful knock before Man of the Match Gibbs and Ontong took control of the match.

Earlier, the Dolphins innings was anchored by a fine 112-run partnership between openers Imraan Khan (72 off 76 deliveries) and Hylton Ackerman (39 off 64). Seamer Sybrandt Engelbrecht made the breakthrough in the 22nd over when he claimed Khan's wicket.

Paceman Francois Plaatjies struck twice in the 27th over when he snared the wickets of Loots Bosman (22 off 20) and Ackerman in the space of four balls to reduce the Dolphins to 145/3.

Dolphins middle-order batsman Dave Miller (55 not out off 40 balls) came to light with a sparkling knock in the second half of the innings and, thanks mainly to his efforts, the visitors were able to push the run-rate fractionally beyond the six-an-over mark by the close of their innings.

Miller shared a 94-run fourth wicket partnership with Ahmed Amla (37 off 40) before Plaatjies ended their aggressive stand.

The Dolphins host the Diamond Eagles at Kingsmead on Sunday, while the Cobras will have a long break from the 40-over format competition until December 23, when they host the Highveld Lions at Newlands.


  • Johan K - 2009-11-07 07:36

    Cobras will take it this year. I dont think there is another team that could equel them at this stage.

  • Jeremy - 2009-11-07 10:09

    And they drop Gibbs from the ODI side? Proof again he is still a match winner on any given day!! Go Gibbs

  • danie - 2009-11-07 10:48

    I second you Johan...I think the tour to India did them a lot of good in terms of confidence and their mental approach to the game...well done to the Cobras...there's so much talent in our domestic cricket

  • Dgs - 2009-11-07 11:06

    It certainly looks like the Dolphins and the Lions will be fighting it out for the wooden spoon this year. Its actually quite sad. During the 50's 60's 70's 80's and even a large portion of the 90's, Natal and the then Transvaal were always forces to be reckoned with in SA cricket. I wonder what has transformed them into the pretty pathetic sides that they are today.

  • Herschelle's Bat - 2009-11-07 12:32

    I would like to point out that this year Gibbs has had a couple of failures in India in the beginning of the tournament. Then in what was to be the last match the Cobras played something clicked and the runs came. Since and including that game Gibbs has scored 42, 4 (not out), 60 and 102 not out. Might I add that all of these was at more than a run a ball. So on what grounds has this man been left out, and the ever underperforming and always just promising Loots Bosman been included in the squad. You are dropping a man that has scored countless one day 100s for someone who is yet to score his first one day century in domestic cricket (Yes Bosman has a high score of 99 and that is after 139 games). And as anybody knows this is not his first season and he is not a youngster so I ask again on what grounds has he been included in place of Gibbs. That doesn't make any sense. Did you watch the rugby last night, now that is what happens when the best players sit at home and you select all your buddies on nothing other than you like them (Looking at you Mr Chiliboy, I never complete a match but still get selected for every tour, Ralapela). Get use to that feeling because until the selectors start choosing a proper team based on form and not reputation you will not see much winning cricket from us. Laslty you know what the difference is between JP and Gibbs playing for WP and them playing bad cricket for SA ? The answer is Kallis as batting coach, it is very clear. For SA their batting coach wants them to play conservative under Conrad Shukri they are encouraged to play their game with freedom allowing them to judge a ball on its merit and dispatch it over the head of bowler for 6 instead of working it for a single.

  • Stephen - 2009-11-07 19:15

    Something about the Cobras bowling that worries me

  • Ross - 2009-11-09 11:23

    Gibbs welcome back dude!!!

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