George Linde’s six wickets wrapped up a 67-run victory for the Cape Cobras over the Warriors in their One-Day Cup match in Oudtshoorn.
The left-arm spinner ended with 6-47 while Dane Paterson and Mthiwekhaya Nabe took two wickets apiece as the Warriors were bundled out 175 in their chase of 242.
The Cobras owed their challenging position to an outstanding innings from Pieter Malan, who scored 84 off 116 balls (6×4, 1×6) on a low, slow wicket. He had been well supported by Wayne Parnell (34), opening the innings in the absence of Richard Levi, and Aviwe Mgijima (37) in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Oudtshoorn Recreation Ground, being used for a One-Day Cup match for the first time.
Parnell and Malan had put on 72 in 17 overs for the opening partnership, a total boosted to 144 by Mgijima. Then the slide began, with JP Duminy (9) being followed by Malan with the score on 186-4 with 10 overs to go.
Qaasim Adams was the next highest score on 26 as six wickets fell for 56 runs, with a run-rate of 4.84. As it turned out, that was more than enough.
The Warriors were on the backfoot almost immediately when Paterson removed the openers with seven runs on the board in the fifth over. Nabe snuffed out hopes of a recovery when he took out Yaseen Vallie and Colin Ackermann with successive deliveries, leaving the Warriors floundering on 38-4.
Then Linde stepped up. Only Christian Jonker stood firm, ending with a highly creditable 63 until he too fell to Linde, the last man out.
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