Cobras make the final with a five-wicket win over Titans after record run chase

2011-03-10 00:00

CENTURION — The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras advanced to the Standard Bank Pro20 final as a record run chase saw them achieve a five-wicket win over the Nashua Titans in their Standard Bank Pro20 semi-final second leg at SuperSport Park in Centurion yesterday.

Half-centuries from Richard Levi, Dane Vilas and Owais Shah helped the Cobras to a mammoth 224 for five with two balls of their innings remaining, in reply to the Titans’ 222 for four. This was the highest successful run chase in Pro20 history and the second highest total overall, just behind the 225 for six scored by the Diamond Eagles (now Chevrolet Knights) in the 2004/5 season.

Levi scored a dashing 60 off 31 balls while Vilas weighed in with 53 as the duo combined for a second-wicket stand of 92 off just 48 deliveries.

The pair set the stage for Shah, who belted his way to 64 off 34 deliveries before falling in the penultimate over of the match.

The win secures the Cobras a home final against the Chevrolet Warriors on March 18, after the Western Cape franchise beat the Titans by eight wickets in the first leg of the semi-final series.

And this after the Titans looked to have put themselves in prime position to win the match thanks to a record-equalling fifty from Albie Morkel.

SCOREBOARD

Cape Cobras won the toss and elected to field first

Titans innings

H. Davids c Vilas b Louw 0

J. Rudolph c Henderson b Louw 40

R. van der Merwe c Levi b Langeveldt 7

F. Behardien c sub (Puttick) b Ontong 69

A. Morkel not out 71

D. Wiese not out 30

Extras (lb-1, w-4) 5

TOTAL (for four wickets, 20 overs) 222

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-9, 3-107, 4-150.

Did not bat: H. Kuhn, M. Mosehle, P. Joubert, A. Nel, E. Mbhalati.

Bowling: Louw 4-0-50-2, Langeveldt 4-1-28-1, Philander 4-0-42-0, Kemp 1-0-21-0, Rippon 3-0-37-0, Henderson 3-0-32-0 (w-2), Ontong 1-0-11-1.

Cape Cobras innings

R. Levi b Van der Merwe 60

H. Gibbs b Nel 5

D. Vilas c Mbhalati b Morkel 53

O. Shah c Rudolph b Morkel 64

J. Ontong b Van der Merwe 18

J. Kemp not out 17

V. Philander not out 1

Extras (lb-2, nb-4) 6

TOTAL (for five wickets, 19.4 overs) 224

Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-110, 3-134, 4-172, 5-211.

Did not bat: J. Louw, M. Rippon, C. Henderson, C. Langeveldt.

Bowling: Morkel 4-0-31-2, Nel 2.4-0-37-1 (nb-2), Mbhalati 4-0-49-0 (nb-1), Weise 2-0-18-0, Van der Merwe 4-0-36-2, Joubert 2.2-0-38-0 (nb-1).

Master Blaster batsman: Owais Shah

Master Blaster bowler: Albie Morkel

Cape Cobras won by five wickets to advance to the final

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