Cape Town - An
exceptional return of three for 25 by Dane Paterson proved key as the Cape Cobras hit back to overcome the Warriors by 10 runs in their
RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
encounter at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday.
The Proteas fast bowler sent down two critical overs at the
cost of 15 in the final five overs to deny the visitors, who looked in
sight of the 160-run
victory target at the 15 over mark when they needed 48 with seven
wickets in hand.
was given superb support by Rory Kleinveldt (1/16) - both men having
bowled their full complement of overs - ensuring the hosts recorded a
win that vaulted them to second on the standings.
Ackermann top-scored for the Warriors with 55 (41 balls, 4 fours), and
when the right-hander was going, it appeared his side was coasting to
until the intervention of Paterson.
The Cobras had earlier won the toss and batted first, but blew a good start to eventually end on 159/6.
Proteas pair Hashim Amla (52 off 36 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) and Temba Bavuma
(42) put on 90 for the first wicket, before watching their side slump to
122 for four in the
George Linde's unbeaten 52 (30 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) rescued them to
a competitive total - one they would go on to defend.
The Cobras travel to Durban to take on the Dolphins, while the Warriors will tackle top of the log Titans in Benoni. All games get underway on Friday at 18:00.