East London - Jason Smith finished with career-best figures as the Cape Cobras sealed a comfortable 57-run One-Day Cup win over the Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday.
The all-rounder claimed 4/38 in 7.2 overs as the Cobras bowled their hosts out for 262 in 44.2 overs - with Yaseen Vallie ending
unbeaten on 93 (96 balls, 8 fours).
That was in pursuit of a victory target of
320, which was set up by an opening stand of 118 between Richard Levi and Omphile Ramela.
Levi powered his way to 73 (55 balls, 11 fours, 1
six), while Ramela occupied the crease at the other end with a more
sedate 58 (96 balls, 3 fours).
There were several other handy contributions from the likes
of Stiaan van Zyl (44) and Dane Vilas (46).
The Warriors, who let themselves
down with poor fielding, did fight back in the middle part of the Cobras
innings, before Smith himself plundered 29 and Aviwe Mgijima made 21 giving
their side a powerful finish.
Ayabulela Gqamane was the pick of the bowlers with 2/50,
while Sisanda Magala collected 2/63.
The Warriors were always on top of the run rate during
their chase thanks to Vallie, who was left stranded seven runs shy of a
century, but wickets were being lost too easily, and
They were three down in the first 10 overs as Smith accounted for
key men Colin Ingram (16) and Colin Ackermann (2) within the space of four balls.
Lesiba Ngoepe (24) helped Vallie put on 58 for the fourth
wicket, while Andrew Birch (39) added an innings high 62 for the seventh wicket
with the home sides' top-scorer, but Vallie needed more support, which he did
not receive as the men from the Eastern Cape slipped to a second successive
loss to start the competition.