Cape Town - Tabraiz Shamsi finished with 12 wickets in
the match as The Unlimited Titans wrapped up a 10-wicket victory over the Cape
Cobras inside three days at Sahara Willowmoore Park.
Shamsi recorded figures of 7 for 63 in the
second innings and 12 for 85 in the match, as the Cobras were bowled out for
320 as they followed on.
That set the Titans a target of 66 to win,
which they knocked off in just 6.4 overs to complete the job before the tea
break, with Heino Kuhn scoring 32 not out from 18 balls and Grant Mokoena
making 27 not out.
The Cobras began the third day on 122 for
two, still trailing by 133, and gave themselves a chance of putting up a
reasonable lead by moving their score along to 227 whilst only losing Justin
Ontong for 47.
But their growing confidence was shattered
in the lead-up to lunch when a 64-run stand between Keegan Petersen (45) and
Andrew Puttick was broken by Junior Dala (3 for 74), and in the next over
Puttick was caught behind off Shamsi to depart for 92.
Shamsi went on to dismiss Lesiba Ngoepe on
the stroke of lunch, then put himself on a hat trick when he trapped Rory
Kleinveldt lbw with the first ball after the break.
When Siya Simetu and then Dane Paterson
also fell to the left-arm spinner, the Cobras were nine wickets down and still
trailing by 12 runs.
Yet Dane Vilas took the attack to the
Titans together with Lizaad Williams and the pair put on 77 for the last wicket to
avoid what would have been a second straight innings defeat.
Vilas was unbeaten on 69 at a run a ball
when Shamsi finally ended their fun by inducing an edge from Williams.
With Kuhn and Mokoena sealing the win, the
Titans have taken maximum points from their opening two games at home, while
the Cobras will go into the new year hoping that it brings a turnaround in their