Cobras on course for title

2011-04-01 18:25

Paarl - The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras are on course to win the SuperSport Series as they took a lead of 67 runs in the first innings against the Chevrolet Warriors at Boland Park on Friday.

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The Cobras finished with 7.7 bonus points and, by completing both first innings' inside two days in spite of losing time and overs to the weather, they are well placed to complete an outright victory.

The Warriors finished the second day on 18 without loss and have thus reduced their overall deficit to 49 runs. The visitors are still well in the hunt thanks to a good bowling performance by off spinner Simon Harmer who took 5/98 in 30 overs - the third time he has done that in his first-class career.

Andrew Puttick (62 off 122 balls with 9 fours) and Owais Shah (85 off 130 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes) contributed the most in the Cobras’ total of 285.

In Benoni, Jacques Rudolph scored his 42nd first-class century and his fourth of the season (100 not out off 201 balls with 15 fours and 2 sixes) to lead the Nashua Titans’ fightback against the Chevrolet Knights at Sahara Willowmoore Park.

The Titans finished the day on 197/5 and are still a massive 273 runs behind the Knights’ first innings total of 470 all out. They have so far picked up 3 bowling points and 1.94 for batting.

Obus Pienaar completed his maiden double century for the Knights (212 off 184 balls with 34 fours and 4 sixes) while Hardus Viljoen (5/114) took 5 wickets for the seventh time in his first-class career.

In Durban, David Miller of the Nashua Dolphins scored a career best 149 (230 balls, 18 fours and 3 sixes) out of his team’s total of 476/8 declared.

Daryn Smit also reached three figures (109 not out off 298 balls with 8 fours and a six) and the pair shared a partnership of 223 in 70 overs.

The bizhub Highveld Lions closed the day on 63/2.