Cape Town - Eddie Leie claimed a telling four wickets to bowl the Highveld Lions into the T20
Challenge knock-out stages with a comfortable 22-run win over Cape
Cobras at Boland Park in Paarl on Sunday.
leg-break bowler bulldozed the home side’s middle order and also took out their
top-scorer Richard Levi to end with the outstanding figures of 4/26 in four
overs as the visitors defended their 139/8 with ease.
winning the toss and inserting the opposition, the Cobras would have been
relatively satisfied at the halfway stage.
der Dussen hit a typically attacking 56 (44 balls. 5 fours, 1 six) and found support from Mangaliso Mosehle (31), but three wickets apiece by Wayne Parnell (3/22) and
Tshepo Moreki (3/26) put their side in control.
Despite two early Dwaine Pretorius (2/14) wickets, the Cobras looked on course
for victory too after reaching 60/2 in the ninth over, before Leie’s wizardry
changed the course of the game. First he removed Dane Vilas (4), then Levi
(41), followed by Parnell (10) and finally Aviwe Mgijima (5), leaving the home
side battling on 83/6.
Viljoen and Bjorn Fortuin also played a key role with 2/23 apiece as the hosts
were eventually shot out in 19 overs.
they lost their third position on the table, with the Lions instead progressing
to the Qualifier against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, with the Titans awaiting the winner of that game in the final at Centurion next