Cape Town - Spin duo Dane Piedt and Kyle Simmonds shared all 10 wickets as the Cape Cobras
threw the Sunfoil Series title race wide open with a sensational 151-run win
over leaders the Knights on day three of their clash in Paarl on Saturday.
Piedt was the star with his off-breaks yielding 6/87, while debutant slow
left-armer Simmonds claimed 4/56 with the table-toppers shot out for just 180
in pursuit of a difficult 332 victory target.
the hosts now have three wins from their last four games since changing coaches
and they are now up to second on the table on 85.74 points, less than seven
behind the Knights (92.24), who could be overhauled once the other two games
are concluded on Sunday.
one round to go, the first-class franchise season is set for a thrilling climax
next weekend, one of the tightest in history.
have played a big hand in the late-season drama following their rejuvenation
under Ashwell Prince and their progress continued to follow an upward curve on
day three at Boland Park.
Dane Vilas was responsible for providing them
with the early initiative after he struck 62 (114 balls, 10 fours) to help his
side add 71 for the final three wickets.
eventually dismissed for 330 in 97.1 overs, with Shadley van Schalkwyk (3/43)
the pick of the bowlers. Duanne Olivier also ended with 3/68, extending his
lead at the top of the wicket-taking charts to 46 wickets.
Knights’ batsmen were then blown away. Opener Luthando Mnyanda top-scored with
57 (101 balls, 8 fours), but there was little else in terms of support - the
visitors sent tumbling in 57.1 overs on the stroke of tea.