Cape Town - A masterclass maiden century by
Kyle Verreynne anchored a superb chase by the Cape Cobras as they edged out the
Knights by three wickets for their first win of the One-Day Cup season in
Bloemfontein on Tuesday night.
The young right-hander carved out an
unbeaten 114 from 119 balls (12 fours) as the visitors chased down 283 with
three deliveries to spare.
His hugely mature innings, which well
surpassed his previous best of 84, came after his side had slipped to 15 for
three, but the 21-year-old shared in three 50 plus partnerships that dragged
his side out of trouble and to a first win of their 2018/19 campaign.
Earlier there were three half-centurions
for the home side that lifted them to a competitive 282 for six. Andries Gous
(60 off 79 balls, 7 fours), Keegan Petersen (52 off 75 balls, 1 fours, 2 sixes)
and Ryan McLaren (56 off 56 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) all shone for the Central franchise
after they had won the toss and elected to bat first at the Mangaung Oval.
Grant Mokoena (20) and Gous put on 57 for
the first wicket, while there were 71 added by the third-wicket pair of
Petersen and McLaren, who was promoted to bat at four.
The in-form Petersen then added a further
49 with captain Pite van Biljon (25), before Patrick Kruger’s late flourish of
39 from 19 balls gave the home side a competitive total.
Akhona Mnyaka was the pick of the bowlers
with two for 61.
Marchant de Lange (three for 45) and
Mbulelo Budaza (one for 33) then knocked over the top three of the Cobras for
next to nothing, bringing Verreynne to the middle in only the fourth over of
the chase. He then went on to bat for more than 45 overs, first sharing a
partnership of 83 with Jason Smith (40) for the fourth wicket.
Aviwe Mgijima (38) brought more support
after the dismissal of the latter with a 69-run fifth-wicket partnership, while
21 by George Linde helped keep the momentum going after the next wicket fell.
Dane Piedt then played a vital hand with
his 36, which enabled the Cobras to bolster their total by another 67 for the
seventh wicket and, even after the skipper fell, the victory was in sight for
Dane Paterson helped add the finishing
touches - the visitors getting home in the final over.
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