Sunfoil Series

Cape Cobras build handy lead

2014-02-22 22:00
Andrew Puttick (File)
Paarl - A 187-run partnership between Andrew Puttick and Stiaan van Zyl brought the Cape Cobras back into their Sunfoil Series clash with the Dolphins on day three, but the two title challengers are still set for an intriguing shootout on the final day at Boland Park.

Puttick’s unbeaten 123 and Van Zyl’s 99 took the Cobras towards a handy lead after the Dolphins had been shot out at the start of the day, but Kyle Abbott and Daryn Smit grabbed four quick wickets to leave the game evenly balanced.

The Cobras went to stumps on 260/6, leading by 232 but without much batting to come.

Although they are yet to make the game safe, the Cobras had to be pleased with their fightback given that the Dolphins began the day with a four-run lead with five first-innings wickets still in hand.

Justin Kemp (3-60) trapped David Miller lbw with the very first ball of the day, and then dismissed Abbott and Mthokozisi Shezi to put the Cobras right back in the game.

With Dane Paterson picking up two wickets to record figures of 3-61, the Dolphins had lost their last five wickets for 24 runs and their lead had been restricted to 28.

After Abbott had bowled Omphile Ramela cheaply, Puttick and Van Zyl set about adding quick runs for the Cobras with the former going to fifty in just 70 balls and Van Zyl reaching the same landmark in 80.

However, when Van Zyl was bowled by Smit one short of three figures, the innings unravelled as the Cobras fell from 193 for one to 221/5, and then lost Kemp five overs before the second new ball.

The Dolphins elected to leave the new ball for Sunday morning, setting up an exciting last day on which a result would give either side a major boost in the standings.

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Warriors v Highveld Lions, East London 10:00
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Bloemfontein 10:00
Multiply Titans v WSB Cape Cobras, Benoni 10:00
Thursday, 15 February 2018
VKB Knights v Multiply Titans, Kimberley 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions, Paarl 10:00
Warriors v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Port Elizabeth 10:00
Thursday, 01 March 2018
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:30
VKB Knights v Highveld Lions, Kimberley 10:00
Warriors v Multiply Titans, East London 10:00
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Highveld Lions v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Johannesburg 10:00
Warriors v VKB Knights, East London 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Multiply Titans, Paarl 10:00
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors, Durban 09:30
Multiply Titans v VKB Knights, Centurion 10:00
Highveld Lions v WSB Cape Cobras, Potchefstroom 10:00
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