Remarkably, the two teams were in almost identical positions after 15 overs. While the Cobras prospered in the final five overs, the Knights wilted.
The Cobras had 98 for three after 15 overs, only to recover to 158 for four, courtesy of 54 off 34 balls from Omphile Ramela, who smashed five fours and two sixes, and Kieron Pollard.
The big West Indian struck 43 off 23 deliveries. It included six boundaries.
The Knights had 99 for three after 15 overs. They lost five wickets during the next two overs and only added nine runs as Dane Paterson and Pollard induced a major collapse.
Paterson removed Rudi Second and Andre Russell with consecutive deliveries.
In the next over, Pollard sent Werner Coetsee, Obus Pienaar and Shadley van Schalkwyk packing. The Knights slipped to 109 for eight after 17 overs.
The nerveless Pollard and Ramela applied their minds superbly. The captain, Ontong, played his part with his instinctive and masterly decisions.
When he saw that the left-arm spinner GF Linde came under some pressure and did not have his best night, he opted to use Pollard for a full quota of four overs. Pollard rewarded the skipper with three for 21 in four overs.
He also decided to use himself for an over, and Ontong promptly removed Reeza Hendricks for 41 when he caught him off his own bowling.
It was the first of five catches snapped up by Ontong. Linde completed three catches, while Richard Levi pulled off a blinder to removed Gerhardt Abrahams and start the Knights-demise.
Paul Adams, the Nashua Cape Cobras coach, had high praise for Ramela and Pollard: “Omphile Ramela came in and played a superb knock that just sparked our innings and got it going, and then Kieron (Pollard)’s experience towards the back end was also crucial.”
Pollard smashed 243 runs at an average of 81 (strike-rate of 171.12) and nipped out 14 opponents at an average of 14.57.
“The pro’s contribution was massive for us. We always look at good Twenty20 players as impact players, and I think Richard Levi and Kieron Pollard’s impact has been huge.
"Kieron wins games from anywhere, and he’ll contribute with the bat, the ball and in the field. Hopefully he can keep making Cape Town his second home. Or perhaps his third or fourth,” said Adams.
“I thought the game was a lot closer than it actually looked in the end,” Ontong said.
“We needed to take crucial wickets and hang on to crucial catches at the right times, and fortunately we managed to do that.”
Levi was the leading run-scorer in the competition with 392 runs at an average of 39.20, while Linde captured 14 wickets at an average of 15.50.