Saturday, 21 February 2009 23:48

Cobras strike

Written by Paul Bedford
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Tha Cape Cobras scored a 22-run victory over the Eagles in the Standard Bank Pro20 final at Newlands this evening. Stand-out performances by Herschelle Gibbs (87 not out) and Charl Langeveldt (three for 20) were the platforms on which the victory was built.

The Cobras started slowly after losing captain Graeme Smith for two in the first over. JP Duminy left when the score was on 29 after making 13 off 11 balls. At the end of the ninth over the Cobras had only 42 runs on the board.

Their 50 came up in the next over after Thandi Tshabalala was introduced into the attack. His second ball went for four and the next six and Gibbs was on his way. Justin Ontong went for 21 in as many balls and Rory Kleinveldt, again promoted up the order, managed just nine. Gibbs, however, claimed the majority of the strike and, despite the loss of Henry Davids for two, steered the Cobras to a very defendable 147 for five. Vernon Philander (9 not out) was with Gibbs at the end of 20 overs.

Jandre Coetzee (two for 29) and Shadley van Schalkwyk (two for 24) were the best of the Eagles bowlers on the slow paced Newlands pitch.

In their reply the Eagles were soon in trouble, losing Rilee Rossouw (3) in the second over and Morne van Wyk (12) in the next. The Eagles reached 55 for two at the end of the ninth over, ahead of the Cobras at the same stage of their innings but, where the Cobras had Gibbs to steady their innings, the Eagles had no one that played a major innings.

Boeta Dippenaar (19) was caught at long on, Ryan Bailey (7) was brilliantly caught by JP Duminy on the square leg boundary and Dean Elgar (34) became Philander's second victim when he chipped one to mid-on.

With five overs remaining the required rate was fast approaching 12 per over and victory looked to be beyond the Eagles. Dillon du Preez (26) put up some resistance before Langeveldt removed him with less than three overs to go. CJ de Villiers (0) was bowled by Langeveldt's next ball and the home crowd knew their team had it in the bag.

Needing 27 off the last over for an unlikely victory, the Eagles managed only four, ending their innings on 125 for eight.

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