T20 Challenge

Cobras worsen Impi woes

2012-03-02 21:37
Owais Shah (File)
Johannesburg - The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras had their overseas stars to thank as Owais Shah's 60 not out and Brad Hogg's 3 for 15 saw them cruise to a 35 run win over the New Age Impi in their MiWay T20 Challenge clash at Willowmoore Park on Friday.

The Impi, still winless, had looked on target to chase down the 166 required, after Luke Wright (32 off 22 balls) and Khaya Zondo (35 off 39 balls) had added 46 in the first seven overs.

But the loss of Wright, and then Ryan ten Doeschate off the very next ball from Alistair Gray saw the Impi slump to 46 for 2. Wright was smartly stumped by Dane Vilas, before the Dutchman was trapped in front first ball.

Obus Pienaar and Zondo briefly rallied, but the required rate soared as the Cobras slow men bowled cleverly. Eventually the pressure told, with Pienaar bowled by Yaseen Vallie, before Zondo followed him to the sheds in the next over, to the bowling of Dane Piedt.

At 81 for 4, the Impi still required 85 runs in just 7.3 overs. They never got close, as Hogg's wrist-spin broke the back of what challenge they had left. The left-armer struck with his second (Paul Collingwood), fourth (Qaasim Adams) and last balls (Quinto Friend)of the 16th over, to end the match as a contest.

The Impi eventually reached 130 for seven in their 20 overs, leaving them woefully short of the target.

Earlier, the Cobras had made a fine start with the bat, as openers Stiann van Zyl and skipper Andrew Puttick chalked up 72 for the opening stand, in 7.1 overs. Their opening slavo was broken when Puttick (22 off 17 balls) was nabbed behind off Wright’s bowling.

The dangerous Van Zyl was ousted by skipper Collingwood, having reached 42 off 29 deliveries, with six fours and a six. Those two setbacks saw Dane Vilas joining Englishman Shah at the crease, and they combined for a steady 57 for the third wicket.

Shah, continuing his fine form in this competition, was to end undefeated on 60 by the end of the innings, his runs compiled off just 40 balls. He clubbed seven boundaries and cleared the ropes once, reaching his fifty off 36 balls and providing the glue to a Cobras innings that lost momentum at a crucial stage.

Ben Edmondson (2 for 29) finished expertly with the ball, while Wright also snared two wickets to end with figures of 2 for 35. But it is their batting that again fell short, as the composite side extended their winless run to seven matches. The Cobras, meanwhile, jump to third in the standings after their bonus point win.


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