Cape Town - Thando Ntini marked his franchise debut with four wickets to
help the Cape Cobras launch their 2019/20 One-Day
Cup season with a comfortable 31-run DLS win over the Warriors in Oudtshoorn on
The teenage paceman, son of one of South Africa’s greatest
fast bowlers, Makhaya, was on fire for the hosts bagging, 4-36 in 9.1
overs, before pulling up injured at the Recreation Ground where inclement
weather reduced the match to 49 overs per side.
However, his efforts went a long way towards quashing any of
the hopes of the visitors, who had earlier watched recently-capped Proteas batsman Pieter Malan move past 4 000 List A runs with his 12th
The opener made 106 off 114 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) to lead
his team to 274/6 after winning the toss and batting.
There was also a key half-century from all-rounder Jason
Smith (76 off 86 balls, 7 fours), with George Linde crunching three sixes in
his unbeaten 31 off 14 balls at the death that sent the target to 275.
Ntini then rocked the Warriors’ batting when he was
introduced into the attack in the seventh over of the chase.
By then the Eastern Cape franchise had raced to 33/0
after six, but the 19-year-old got rid of Matthew Breetzke (23) with his third
ball and then sent Gihahn Cloete (16) on his way with his 10th
delivery of bowling at this level.
His main support came from George Linde (2/58), but all the
bowlers got stuck in with a wicket apiece.
The Warriors’ only realistic chance of winning was when
top-scorer Rudi Second (66 of 65 balls, 5 fours) was in the middle, but he too
succumbed to Ntini.
The dismissal of the wicketkeeper made it 174/6,
ending any realistic hopes for the chasing side as the Cobras eventually
dismissed them for 245 in 47.1 overs.