Cricket: Kemp steers Cobras home

2011-11-14 00:00

BENONI — Justin Kemp’s powerful hitting at the death propelled the Cape Cobras to their second consecutive win under pressure, as they hunted down their revised target of 281 against the Titans in their One Day Cup match at Willowmoore Park yesterday.

With the required run rate beyond 10 an over in the last 10 overs, Kemp bludgeoned 41 off 26 balls while the wickets tumbled around him.

Bad weather had seen the

Cobras’ initial target of 292 changed to 281 in 46 overs.

Left-hander Andrew Puttick played a sheet-anchor role as he compiled a steady 96, before falling in the late dash for runs.

Earlier, Farhaan Behardien struck a well-timed 55 not out to help the Titans post a score of 291 for seven.

Several of the Titans batsmen got in, and then got out when set, and without Behardien’s late stand with Paul Harris they may well have had to settle for a below-par total.

Puttick was one of Marchant de Lange’s five victims, but the young paceman also leaked 67 runs in the frenetic run-chase.

His pace had seen him rip through Justin Ontong and Rory Kleinveldt, and he had the well-set Duminy caught behind for 54 off 51 balls.

The Cobras looked in danger of imploding as they lost four wickets for eight runs, but Kemp’s cool head and searing blade saw them over the line with an over to spare.

The win sees the men from Cape Town consolidate their place at the top of the One Day Cup standings.

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