Linde masterclass helps Cobras to victory over Warriors

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George Linde. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)
George Linde. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)

A stellar performance from George Linde helped the Cape Cobras beat the Warriors by 23 runs and claim their first T20 Challenge win at Kingsmead in Durban on Tuesday.

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The Proteas all-rounder first plundered an unbeaten 48 off just 20 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) to help his team amass an excellent 181 for five - the highest score of the 2020/21 tournament thus far - with Zubayr Hamza continuing his return to form with 57 off 45 balls (6 fours).

Slow left-armer Linde then claimed a fine four for 25 in four overs as the Warriors were restricted to 157 all out in 19.2 overs.

Despite sealing a first win, the Cobras are bound to be disappointed after failing to claim a bonus point that would have improved their dwindling play-off prospects.

For that to happen they needed to bowl out the Warriors for 144 or less and they should have done it too after reducing them to 75 for seven in the chase.

Linde was at the heart of that early onslaught by the Cobras' bowlers, removing Jon-Jon Smuts (20), Wihan Lubbe (7), Ayabulela Gqamane (2) and Sinethemba Qeshile (13), while Imraan Manack (2/23) also landed two early blows that saw the Eastern Cape outfit collapse in a heap.

Their poor start meant they only had three wickets standing after 10.1 overs, before fast bowlers Marco Jansen (47) and Anrich Nortje (25) added some respectability to the scoreline with a franchise record 67-run eighth-wicket partnership.

Their performance was key to denying the Cobras the bonus point, although they at least secured a first win of the campaign against their win-less opponents.

Earlier it was Hamza who set Ashwell Prince's side up a big score, with his second consecutive half-century and third of his career.

He put on 46 with Kyle Verreynne (26) for the second wicket and a further 71 with Christiaan Jonker (33) for the next wicket, before the final flourish provided by Linde.

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