MOMENTUM ONE-DAY CUP
Kleinvedlt picked up 5 for 22 © Getty
An excellent new ball spell from Rory Kleinveldt proved to be decisive as Cape Cobras beat Knights comprehensively by seven wickets to seal their spot in the Momentum One Day Cup semifinals. Knights, who decided to bat first, found themselves reeling at 9/3 with Kleinveldt doing the damage. If not for a 73-run fifth wicket stand, they would have struggled to reach the three-figure mark. Once Rudi Second and Grant Mokoena were dismissed in their 40s, Knights struggled again with Kleinveldt coming back to pick up two more wickets to complete his five-wicket haul as the Knights were bowled out for 186.
Janneman Malan and Pieter Malan didn’t make significant contributions for Cobras in the chase but Zubayr Hamza ensured his side didn’t suffer a collapse. After adding 44 for the third wicket with Aviwe Mgijima, Hamza was involved in an unbeaten 87-run stand with Kyle Verreynne to complete the victory. While Verreynne was unbeaten on 44, Hamza helped himself to a half-century and remained not out on 65.
Brief scores: Knights 186 in 47.4 overs (Rudi Second 49, Grant Mokoena 44; Rory Kleinveldt 5-22) lost to Cape Cobras 187/3 in 44.1 overs (Zubayr Hamza 65*, Kyle Verreynne 44*; Shadley van Schalkwyk 1-24) by 7 wickets
In a high-scoring game in Benoni, Lions kept their playoff chances alive with a narrow seven-run win over Titans. Opting to bat first, Lions were off to a flying start with both openers making merry. At the halfway mark, they put on 135 for the opening wicket when Titans finally broke the stand with the wicket of Kagiso Rapulana for 60. Dominic Hendricks kept going strong at the other end but fell short of a century by seven runs. Valuable contributions from Wihan Lubbe and Wiaan Mulder carried Lions to 304 in their 50 overs.
Titans made a torrid start to the chase losing both their openers with only 32 on the board. The experienced Jonathan Vandiar then revived the innings alongside skipper Dean Elgar to put the chase back on track. The duo added 126 for the third wicket before Elgar was dismissed for 62. The Lions were still on the backfoot despite the wicket as the Titans reached 220 for 3 at one stage, needing 85 from 79 deliveries. But with Grant Thomson and centurion Vandiar getting dismissed within four overs, Lions stormed back into the contest to eventually restrict Titans to 297/8.
Brief scores: Lions 304/8 in 50 overs (Dominic Hendricks 93, Kagiso Rapulana 60; Junior Dala 4-54) beat Titans 297/8 in 50 overs (Jonathan Vandiar 111, Dean Elgar 62; Wiaan Mulder 2-46) by 7 runs