Venomous Cobras take down Lions, win series

2014-04-07 00:00

THE Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras romped to a comprehensive win by an innings and 165 runs against the bizhub Highveld Lions by dismissing the hosts for 178 in their follow-on yesterday at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

They claimed 19,34 bonus points for their win. The Lions managed 5,02 bonus points.

There was double delight in their camp as the Cobras won the Sunfoil Series competition and R1 million in prize money. They successfully defended the domestic four-day title they won in 2012/2013.

The Cape Town-franchise had a 19,08-points cushion at the top of the table of the Sunfoil Series before the start of the last round of matches.

Their emphatic victory against the Lions just underlined their status as the finest domestic unit.

The Lions resumed on 124 for 5 in their follow-on yesterday in a desperate attempt to save the match, but with very little specialist batting at their disposal.

They were dismissed for 178.

The destroyer-in-chief was the offspinner Dane Piedt, who took 5-51 in 35 overs. Justin Kemp finished with 2-28 in thirteen overs, while Travis Miller took 2-28 in nine overs.

Piedt finished the season with 45 wickets.

The Cobras won the toss, elected to bat and were in disarray on 62 for 3 in their first innings on Thursday.

Justin Ontong’s rescue-mission and his third Sunfoil Series century of the season stabilised the visitors. He scored 119.

Dane Vilas contributed a belligerent 149 and the Cobras reached 544.

Blown away by Kemp, who took 3-30 in 21 overs, and Dane Paterson, who garnered 3-47 in 17 overs, The Lions only managed 201 in their first innings.

In their follow-on, their middle order and lower order showed little resistance against the guile of Piedt, the experience of Kemp and the pace of Miller.

The absence of international players like Alviro Petersen, Neil McKenzie, Zander de Bruyn and Thami Tsolekile contributed to the Lions’ struggle, as they simply lacked the experience to deal with a top-class attack.

The Cobras struck early yesterday to remove the in-form Rassie van der Dussen after only two deliveries. He was caught behind after feathering a catch to Dane Vilas off Shaheen Khan and was dismissed for 55.

Van der Dussen hit a six and six fours during his 159-ball stay.

Sizwe Masondo and Cliffe Deacon added 40 in 20.2 overs before the former South African under 19 player Miller’s double-strike reduced the Lions to 164 for 8.

He trapped Masondo in front for 22.

With his next delivery, he produced a fast yorker and Hardus Viljoen could not keep it out. Viljoen suffered a King Pair in this match, as he was also a first-delivery victim in the first innings.

Kagiso Rabada attempted a heave over long on off Piedt, but was brilliantly caught by Paterson for a duck and the Lions slumped to 166 for 9.

Piedt ended the Lions’ misery when he trapped Eddie Leie in front for 7.


Cobras first innings 544

Lions first innings 201

Lions second innings (following on)

S Cook c Vilas b Kemp6

R van der Dussen c Vilas b Khan55

T Bavuma c Ramela b Piedt34

D Conway lbwb Piedt7

B Pelser lbw b Kemp11

S Pillay c Ontong b Piedt0

S Masondo lbw b Muller22

W Deacon not out24

G Viljoen b Muller0

K Rabada c Paterson b Piedt0

E Leie lbw b Piedt7

Extras: (b2, lb2, w2, nb6)12

TOTAL: (all out, 81 overs)178

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-63, 3-76, 4-119, 5-120, 6-124, 7-164, 8-164, 9-165, 10-178

Bowling: Paterson 6-1-22-0 (1nb), Kemp 13-3-28-2 (2nb, 1w), Khan 16-5-44-1 (1w), Muller 9-1-28-2 (3nb), Piedt 35-15-51-5, Ontong 2-1-1-0

Result: Cobras won by an innings and 165 runs.

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