The Cape Cobras walked all over the Lions, while there was nothing to separate the Warriors and Titans in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge on Sunday.
A late start in Centurion saw the match reduced to eight overs a side. The Titans batted first and got off to an absolute flyer. Henry Davids top-scored with an 11-ball 23, while Theunis de Bruyn struck 16 off just eight deliveries at the other end.
In reply, only two Warriors batsmen reached double figures. JJ Smuts good form continued, as he scored 37 off 22 balls. Simon Harmer made good use of his promotion to No 5, making 24 off 13 deliveries. However, both set batsmen fell off the first two deliveries of the final over. David Wiese then had two new batsmen in his sights and four runs to play with. He held his nerve to concede just the four runs, meaning that the match ended in a tie as both sides made 79-5.
At Newlands, the Cape Cobras recorded a crushing bonus point victory over the Lions to take the top spot on the points table. Richard Levi got the side off to a solid start with a circumspect 25, before Dane Vilas added the impetus in the middle. The wicket-keeper struck a 29-ball 51 to help the hosts post 154-7.
The Lions would have fancied their chances, but were blown away for just 77 within 16 overs. Neil McKenzie’s run-a-ball 31 was the only real contribution as Dane Paterson and George Linde ran through the batting line-up. Paterson finished with 3-9 in 2.3 overs, while Linde recorded figures of 3-21 in his full ration of four overs.
The Cape Cobras 77-run victory served as revenge after they suffered a bonus point defeat in Johannesburg a few weeks ago. They have bounced back well since that blip and are now sitting pretty at the summit of the competition.
Report compiled by Gareth Stevens.