Lions maul Cobras by an innings and 35 runs

2015-01-12 00:00

THE Cape Cobras crumpled under an early Highveld Lions assault, losing nine wickets in 30 overs to fall by an innings and 35 runs in Potchefstroom yesterday.

They started the day at 51 for one and knowing they would have to bat long and hard just to wipe out the deficit. But they could not cope with the diverse combination of Dale Deeb’s left-arm spin and the pace of Pumelela Matshikwe and Sean Jamison.

Deeb took four for 40 off 24 overs; Sean Jamison three for 31 yesterday and Matshikwe two for 26.

The Cobras staggered into lunch at 102 for seven, but there was little to sustain them. Sybrand Englebrecht lasted one over before being caught by McKenzie (his third in the innings) in the slips off Jamison, which, added to that of Richard Levi on Saturday, was his fourth of the innings and eighth of the match. Deeb then ran through the tail with little effort.

Manning the ramparts overnight were Omphile Ramela, on 14, and debutant Keegan Petersen, who had played with some bravado in accumulating 23. But Deeb struck in the third over of the day, aided by a great catch by McKenzie at leg slip to dismiss Petersen with no addition to his score.

Matshikwe ended Ramela’s watchful stand, having him caught behind after scraping together 32 off 84 balls.

The dynamic duo then struck in harmony, Deeb removing Dane Vilas (12), again with a neat catch by McKenzie, and Matshikwe claiming Yaseen Vallie (9).

Jamison then got into the act by having Shaheen Khan (3) caught behind and trapping George Linde (1) lbw.

They cannot complain. They had the ascendency on day one, when, after being told to bat first, they put on 191 for two. That they crumbled to 300 all out was a reflection on their depth with a young squad forced into action when national duty and injury and decimated the senior ranks.

They struggled to bowl out the Lions for 475, a formidable lead of 175, which owed much to the tail, who put on 91 after McKenzie (76) departed, seventh wicket down, with the score on 384. It was Deeb who led that particular rally, scoring his seventh first-class fifty.

The Cobras could have done with someone like that in the lower order. Or even in the top six.

Scores in brief

Cobras 1st innings 300 (Levi 95, Pretorius 4/63, Jamison 4/66) and

Lions 1st innings 475 (Cook 147, McKenzie 76, Hendricks 68, Linde 4/152)

Cobras 2nd innings 140 (Deeb 4/40. Jamison 4/53)

Lions won by innings and 35 runs.

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