Cape Town - Rudi
Second, Patrick Kruger, Grant Mokoena and Andries Gous all hit
half-centuries as the Knights ended their seven-match winless streak
by beating the Cape Cobras with a bonus point for their first victory of the One-Day Cup season in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
hosts, who had lost five and tied two of their seven matches in
2017/18, were set up for victory after the quartet helped them amass a
fixture record score of
320 for four - by far the highest score for the home side this season.
Leie and Mbulelo Budaza then shared seven wickets as the visitors were
bowled out for 245 in 41.4 overs at the Mangaung Oval.
completed a relieving win for the Knights and kept their
hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive with two matches to play.
lost the toss and were asked to bat first, but began well through
Mokoena, who scored a franchise cricket best of 75 (96 balls, 3 fours, 2
Miller was promoted to open the order, however the experiment failed after
he made eight, but Gous stepped up with 74 (87 balls, 8 fours) in what
was his debut game.
he departed it was the Second (78 off 58 balls, 5 fours, 4 sixes) and
Kruger (64 off 44, 3 fours, 3 sixes) show as they plundered a 135-run
unbroken fifth wicket
stand in just 12.5 overs.
The Cobras scored quickly in their reply, but lost wickets far too regularly as they fell to 136 just after the halfway stage.
highest scorer was Kyle Verreynne with his 54 (49 balls, 2 fours, 3
sixes), but he was one of four wickets to fall to the spin of Leie
(4/65), who last week
conceded the most expensive figures in the history of the competition
when he went for 90 in seven overs against the same opponents.
Budaza bagged three for 40 for good measure to lead the Knights to a timeous 75-run win.