Toss won by KwaZulu-Natal who elected to field first.
Umpires: Lourens Engelbrecht and Stephen Harris
Reserve Umpire: Jeff Wolhuter
WP: 436/7 104 overs (1st Innings)
Toss won by KwaZulu-Natal who elected to field first.
Umpires: Lourens Engelbrecht and Stephen Harris
Reserve Umpire: Jeff Wolhuter
THE Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras took another step towards a RAM SLAM T20 home final as they spun their way to a 13-run victory over The Unlimited Titans at Sahara Park Newlands on Wednesday.
The Cobras looked in danger of a second defeat to the Titans this season when they posted just 129 for nine on a good-looking Newlands pitch, but were able to squeeze the Titans in the second half of their chase.
Heino Kuhn’s 53 at the top of the order was making the target look easily achievable, but JP Duminy bowled a key spell, allowing just 13 runs from his three overs to put the pressure on the visitors.
Sunil Narine then had Albie Morkel stumped, and Farhaan Behardien suffered the same fate against Robin Peterson, who had picked up the key wicket of Faf du Plessis earlier in the innings.
That left the Titans needing 25 to win from the last two overs, and after Narine had allowed just three from the 19th, Beuran Hendricks dismissed Roelof van der Merwe to round off another excellent performance.
Hendricks finished with 3 for 18 and the RAM Deliverer of the Match title, taking his tally for the tournament to 19 wickets.
The Cobras had won the toss and opted to bat on one of the hottest days of the cape summer, but were soon in trouble as Morne Morkel dismissed Richard Levi in his first over and Stiaan van Zyl in his second.
The Van Zyl dismissal was notable for arguably the catch of the season so far, as Henry Davids flung himself to his right to pull off a stunning one-handed catch at slip.
A third-wicket stand of 60 between top-scorer Hashim Amla (33) and JP Duminy (29) was as good as it got for the Cobras as Saeed Ajmal picked up three lower-order wickets.
But while their total looked well below par at the break, the turn on offer in the evening proved the difference as the Cobras made it six wins out of seven this season.
Sunil Narine, the West Indian wonder kid, is the latest addition to the increasingly strengthening Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras squad. Narine, aged 25, joined the Cape Cobras to add variation to the teams already deadly bowling attack and has already had a big influence on the RAMSlam T20 challenge.
The Trinidad and Tobago cricketer debuted for the Cape Cobras on the 17th January 2014 and took 2 wickets for 18 as he spun circles around his opposition with his vast variety of off-break deliveries. Narine also has the ability to disguise his deliveries, therefore being dubbed a mystery bowler. He is currently ranked as the Worlds’ top T20 bowler by the ICC.
The arrival of Narine takes the pressure off of Robin Peterson and JP Duminy who the Cape Cobras have used as specialised spin bowlers. His presence will benefit the likes of the Cape Cobras current spin bowlers as he will influence them to improve on their game as his arrival puts pressure on them as they compete for selection. With Narine at Coach Paul Adams’ disposal, Adams now has the opportunity to wedge an all-out spin attack instead of always relying on pace to dismiss recognized batsmen.
With regards to the Cape Cobras, Narine says that his teammates have been very welcoming and have already made him feel at home. He said that there is a high level of competition in the South African domestic league as each team has their star players.
Narine says that one’s game improves when playing under different conditions as you gain experience bowling on different pitches. Under the guidance of legendary spin bowler, Paul Adams, and on the hard surfaces of the South African pitches, Sunil Narine is guaranteed to only keep getting better and this spells trouble for any of the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras adversaries.
“Going out there and enjoying cricket, not stressing and just going out and perform the best that you can. That’s the key to success.”
- Sunil Narine
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THE Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the RAM SLAM T20 on Sunday as Beuran Hendricks’ three-wicket burst at the start of the Sunfoil Dolphins’ chase set up a 15-run victory at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.
Hendricks removed the Dolphins top three and conceded just 10 runs in his first two overs, which ultimately left the hosts with too much to do in their pursuit of a Cobras total of 157 for seven.
With Vaughn van Jaarsveld and David Miller not lasting long the Dolphins were soon 46 for five, and although Daryn Smit did his best to get them back into the match with a fighting 48 from 36 balls, the required run rate kept rising before Sunil Narine landed the fatal blows.
Smit and Khaya Zondo managed to take 19 from Hendricks’ third over, but Narine dismissed Zondo (34) and Robbie Frylinck with consecutive deliveries in the 18th over and then Hendricks got the better of Smit to finish with figures of 4 for 32.
The Cobras innings had confirmed a welcome return to form for JP Duminy, whose 56 followed on from scores of 45, 9* and 11* in his last three innings.
Duminy shared an 88-run stand for the fourth wicket with Justin Ontong (37 from 25 balls), which carried the Cobras from a position of uncertainty to one of strength, before Vernon Philander provided the late assault by clubbing 16 not out from just six balls.
The Unlimited Titans can close the gap between themselves and the Cobras when they host the Chevrolet Knights later on Sunday.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras will be going all out to cement their spot at the top of the log in the RAM Slam T20 Challenge when they face the Chevrolet Knights at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein on Friday and the Sunfoil Dolphins in Durban on Sunday. The matches starts at 6pm and 2:30pm respectively and will not be televised.
Coming off a great 15-run win against the bizhub Highveld Lions in Paarl on Wednesday, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras will be taking a great amount of confidence into this weekend’s matches. Stiaan van Zyl and Hashim Amla once again showing their class, scoring a RAM Slam record-breaking 145-run second wicket partnership.
West Indian spinner Sunil Narine, will make his debut for the Cobras squad adding venom to the Cobras’ bowling attack. Narine is currently rated the best T20 bowler in the world. He has taken 124 wickets in 93 T20 games.
“It’s pretty exciting to have him in the fold and see what magic he can bring,” said Adams. “I think he’s a guy who’s shown around the world what he’s capable of in Twenty20 cricket so I think every player is excited to see what he’s capable of”, he added.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras squad for the weekend is as follows:
Justin Ontong (capt), Aviwe Mgijima, Beuran Hendricks, Dane Vilas (w/k), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Richard Levi, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Stiaan Van Zyl, Sunil Narine, Sybrand Engelbrecht and Vernon Philander.
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SUNIL NARINE will turn out for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras in the RAM SLAM T20 for the first time on Friday, and coach Paul Adams admits that even the Cobras players are excited to see what tricks the West Indian mystery spinner has up his sleeve.
With the West Indies’ tour of New Zealand wrapping up earlier this week, Narine arrived in South Africa on Thursday and will go straight into the Cobras team for Friday’s game against the Chevrolet Knights at Chevrolet Park.
“It’s pretty exciting to have him in the fold and see what magic he can bring,” said Adams, who was a mystery spinner in his own right not so long ago.
“I think he’s a guy who’s shown around the world what he’s capable of in Twenty20 cricket so I think every player is excited to see what he’s capable of.”
In the batting department, Richard Levi will have the opportunity to remind everyone of his clean-hitting abilities as he comes in for Graeme Smith, who is taking a week’s rest ahead of a busy couple of months. Justin Kemp will also miss the weekend’s games due to the birth of his child.
Having beaten the bizhub Highveld Lions in their last game, the Knights will retain the same 13-man squad and will hope that Reeza Hendricks, who leads the RAM SLAM scoring charts, can maintain his excellent form.
“He had a tough time in the early part of this season, but often in Twenty20s just being positive can get you back in form,” said Knights captain Johan van der Wath.
“He’s playing well and Rilee (Rossouw) has been performing all season so far, so there are a lot of positives - even in the games that we’ve lost I’ve seen some encouraging signs.
“Tomorrow night is going to be another difficult one but we know how to play on Chevrolet Park so hopefully we can use that to our advantage.”
HEAD TO HEAD – Chevrolet Knights vs. Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras
Matches Played 14
Knights Win 06
Cobras Win 07
No Result 00
The Bizhub Highveld Lions won the coin toss and elected to field first against a full strength Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras side. The Cobras posted an impressive total of 187/2 and set a new highest total surpassing the Boland Park cricket grounds previous T20 record of 177/6, in the RAMSlam T20 Challenge which took place on the 15th January 2104.187 runs was enough to see the Cobras to a home victory.
Graeme Smith was the first man to fall, having scored only 10 runs from 10 balls, when he was caught off good bowling by Chris Morris. The next man at the crease was Stiaan van Zyl who linked up well with the world’s number one batsman, Hashim Amla. After a slow start, van Zyl picked up the pace and smashed a few boundaries in quick succession with a display of good form and class to reach his half-century off 38 balls. Amla joined in on the action and also reached his 50 run milestone off 41 balls which brought up the 100 run partnership. The duo went on to break the all-time partnership record in the RAMSlam T20 challenge after they posted a total of 145 runs, the third highest T20 partnership in South Africa, before Amla was dismissed for 84. Van Zyl finished off on 77 from 56 and JP Duminy on 9 from 6.
Amla’s score was also the highest individual total this season, surpassing Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s score of 82. Amla’s performance showed why he is dubbed the world’s best.
Cobra’s star-bowler, Vernon Philander, was the first man to strike with the ball by making an early breakthrough, claiming the wicket of Lions danger-man, Quinton de Kock. The Lions looked capable of reaching the Cobras total until Bodi was run-out by a superb piece of fielding by Duminy. Duminy showed more impressive skill in the field when he caught Azhar Mahmood off bowling by Robin Peterson. The trickery of ‘Robbie P’ made him a difficult target for the struggling Lions and he ended off with figures of 3 wickets for 18 runs from 4 overs. Neil McKenzie, the last of the Lions recognized batsman, fell to Beuran Hendricks, for 33, when he took a wild swing at a fairly wide ball but ended up edging it to keeper Dane Vilas. Hendricks ended the day with figures of 2 wickets for 35 runs from 4 overs. Philander bowler marvellously at the depth and restricted the Lions to 172/8 in their 20 overs.
HASHIM AMLA and Stiaan van Zyl combined to spectacular effect to resign the bizhub Highveld Lions to their third straight defeat in the RAM SLAM T20 and keep the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras on top of the log with a 15-run victory at Boland Park on Wednesday.
Amla hit 84 from just 51 balls to put himself second in the RAM SLAM run-scoring list, and shared in a 145-run stand with Van Zyl as the Cobras notched up 187 for two after being asked to bat by the Lions.
The Lions stuttered in response and, although Alviro Petersen and Neil McKenzie gave them a glimmer of hope midway through the chase, they were only able to muster 172 for eight.
The Cobras selectors had a tricky task in picking their top order, and elected to leave out Richard Levi as Graeme Smith returned to the side.
Although Smith was first man out for 10, the decision to retain Van Zyl came off as he scored 77 not out from 56 balls and his partnership with Amla carried the Cobras from 19 for one in the second over to 164 for two in the 18th.
The final target was a daunting one for the Lions, who lost the key wicket of Quinton de Kock to the returning Vernon Philander after just four overs.
Petersen and McKenzie each scored 35 as their 46-run stand kept the Lions in with a sniff, but Robin Peterson ended that stand and then picked up another two wickets in his next over to record figures of 3 for 19.
That left the Lions innings floundering and, although Chris Morris (26 not out) provided some entertainment as he swatted a couple of late sixes, they never truly threatened to break their losing streak.
With the Chevrolet Warriors being pipped by The Unlimited Titans in Wednesday’s other game, the Cobras gained a tighter grip on top spot in the standings.
Western Province (WP) kicked off their Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial T20 Competition with a home victory against their provincial rivals, Boland Cricket at the Wally Wilson Oval on Saturday, 11th January.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat first, WP started off well with an opening partnership of 88 before debutant Clyde Fortuin was dismissed by Ockert Erasmus for an impressive maiden half-century (52) off just 38 balls. Alistair Gray fell shortly afterwards for 38 when he was caught by Zaheer Lorgat off good bowling by spinner Michael Loubser. The opening partnership between Gray and Fortuin laid the foundation for WP’s innings and the team posted a total of 149/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
Boland struggled to get going during their innings and the WP bowling attack proved to be too strong for their opposition. Dane Piedt whom was unfortunate not to get a wicket, bowled well to end off with figures of 11 runs in 3 overs. But the star of the WP bowling attack was their T20 debutant, medium-pacer, Brian Shushu who claimed 3 wickets for 18 runs in his three over spell. He was assisted by Dane Patterson and Alistair Gray who picked up 2 wickets apiece. The strength of the WP bowling attack caused Boland to fall short of the target and concluded their innings on 124/8 in 20 overs. Losing the match by 25 runs.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras will be looking to build on their RAM Slam T20 form coming from their last game, when they face the bizhub Highveld Lions at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday evening.
The Cape Cobras appeared in good shape in their last encounter against the Warriors with most of their batsmen in the squad such as Hashim Amla, Stiaan van Zyl and Graeme Smith performing well.
The bowling attack of Beuran Hendricks, Aviwe Mgijima and Rory Kleinveldt has also been something for other teams to look out for.
The Cape Cobras will be hoping for a win in Paarl to potentially see them climb to the top of the RAMSlam T20 Challenge log.
The Cape Cobras squad as follows:
Justing Ontong (Capt), Aviwe Mgijima, Beuran Hendricks, Dane Vilas, Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Richard Levi, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Shaheen Khan, Stiaan Van Zyl, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Vernon Philander.
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