Cobras continue winning ways

2009-12-12 19:07

Paarl - Robin Peterson (100), Francois Plaatjies (4/27) and Charl Langeveldt (4/45) were the toast of the triumphant Cape Cobras on Saturday when they produced matchwinning performances in their side's 72-run rout of the Titans in the SuperSport Series encounter at Paarl.

This was the third successive victory for the table-topping Cobras inside three days in the four-day domestic competition and at this rate they look like genuine championship contenders with only four rounds of matches left this season.

In the post-lunch session, the Cobras were dismissed for 420 all out in their first innings which gave them a massive 180 run-lead after the Titans folded for 240 in their first visit to the crease.

The Titans crashed to 108 all out in their second innings, leaving their hosts victors by an innings and 72 runs, and 17.52 log points richer.

The Titans picked up 4.8 points for their rank poor effort.

Earlier in the day, Peterson succeeded where Alastair Gray (89) and his skipper Justin Kemp (93) failed after they both perished ahead of the magical three-figure mark. His ton included nine fours and three sixes and was scored off 196 balls. Together with Kemp he produced a seventh wicket stand which realised 90 runs in a little more than 32 overs.

Meduim paceman Farhaan Behardien (2/38) was one of three Titans bowlers to chalk up two wickets but he was easily the most economical of the trio as he conceded less than two runs per over in his 20-overs stint.

In the 14 overs, ahead of the tea break, the Titans made heavy weather of chasing down the 180-run deficit and lost two wickets (34/2) in the process after the Cobras' new-ball pair Charl Langeveldt and Vernon Philander each captured a stick.

On their return in the final session the Titans' slide continued unabated and they lost wickets every three overs or so, with Francois Plaatjies initiating the free-fall by snaring Gulam Bodi's wicket (41/3).

Langeveldt and Plaatjies made massive inroads into the Titans second innings as the session wore on although Jacques Rudolph (31) offered a measure of resistance. He was the only batsman in the visitors' line-up to score more than 15 runs in the second innings.

All-rounder Kemp, whose contributions of 93 and 4/49 in the Titans' first innings, had a huge collective impact on the outcome and was deservedly named 'Man-of-the-Match'.


  • Just Cricket - 2009-12-14 08:48

    There is something very fishy in the way the Titans has lost this and the previous game by an innings in both cases after setting the pace in the SS Series. Against the Lions there were 7 lbw decisions against the Titans (35%, all against the top 6 batters) and 3 for. Against the Cobras there were 9 lbw decisions against the Titans (45%, 5 decisions against the top 6 batters) and only 1 for (10%). Admittedly there was no Cobras 2nd innings but still the lbw count was 5 against the Titans (50%, 3 top order batters) and 1 for in the first innings. In the last 2 games the Titans thus had 16 of its 40 wickets given out lbw - an unbelievable massive 40% of all wickets (versus only 4 lbw decisions of 18 wickets, 22%, for the Titans), and of that 12 was against the top 6 batters (30%). One can clearly see that that there is a snake in the grass as for every successful lbw shout by the Titans 2 are give against them. How the heck must they win, never mind be competitive, with these dogdy umpires around?

  • cobras no1 - 2009-12-14 10:45

    Maybe you should go down to the games and watch a little.... with a bowling attack that consists of A.morkel as your opening bowler you bound to be in a little trouble....If you look back at the past weeks in Paarl, most of the decisions there are LBW... and all are fair shouts having seeing all the video footage...

  • Just Cricket - 2009-12-14 11:26

    @cobras no1. What video footage. These games are NOT televised. Just as absent-minded and partisan as the Stormers/WP fans!!! Funny that if "most of the decisions there are LBW" then why did the Titans not prosper with lbw decisions? Of cause all lbw decisions are fair shouts, but it's only fair if it is actually out! The stats clearly show that only the Cobras benefited 900% more from the umpiring decisions. Crooked, biased, shocking. All of this to deny the best team a lead at the top of the table. Desperate measures to keep interest in the 4-day game, desperate.

  • Cobras no 1 - 2009-12-14 17:00

    maybe the fact that i know the video analyst and have access to the footage!!!!! each game for if you didnt know is recorded..... but ya there definitely is a snake in the grass and its a cobra..... a cape cobra.....

  • Just Cricket - 2009-12-15 09:01

    @Cobras no 1. Your verbal defecation is totally mind boggling. There are NO cameras and NO video recordings made at SS games that will help umpires with lbw decisions! If that was so the referral system would have been in place and it is NOT. Stop talking hogwash and own up to the fact that 40% lbw decisions against you and only 22% for you is grossly unfair.

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