Warriors defeat Cobras by 76 runs

2012-11-17 00:00

EAST LONDON — Basheer Walters produced a wonderful bowling spell to help the Chevrolet Warriors defeat the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras by 76 runs in their Momentum One-Day Cup match at Buffalo Park in East London yesterday.

Walters ended with figures of 6-0-23-3, which included a double strike in the 33rd over to remove the dangerous Justin Kemp (2) and Yaseen Vallie (30), who was starting to look the part.

The Cobras, or rather Richard Levi, started with a bang. Levi looked like the player everyone knows and loves to watch as he smashed the ball to the boundary with regularity. Andrew Puttick was the first to depart, scoring just two, in a partnership of 29.

Levi was joined by Stiaan van Zyl, and the pair added 58 for the second wicket in just 8.3 overs. Van Zyl (21) was caught by Michael Price off the bowling of Jon-Jon Smuts. Then the wheels came off for the Cobras as, yet again, they lost wickets at regular intervals and were not able to out any partnerships together.

The only other partnership that was worth anything of value was a 45-run stand between Levi and Vallie.

The Warriors had earlier won the toss and elected to bat first and produced a steady start. Openers Smuts and Price added 53 for the first wicket before Smuts was bowled by Alistair Gray for 25. Colin Ingram (7) was sent packing when Justin Ontong and Vilas produced some good work to run the Proteas man out.

Ashwell Prince (19) could not kick on after adding 30 runs for the third wicket with Price. Price made a very patient 55 of 97 deliveries and it was up to Davy Jacobs (46 off 46 balls) and Wayne Parnell (62 off 64 balls) to boost the Warriors total.

The win has now moved the Warriors above the Cobras on the log, leaving the defending champions rock bottom on four points. The Cobras face off against the Chevrolet Knights in Paarl on Sunday while the Warriors host the Nashua Titans in Port Elizabeth the same day.

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