Shadley van Schalkwyk tore the heart out of the Cobras, taking three wickets in seven balls.
That reduced the visiting side from 116-2 to 116-5, and when the Knights’ right-arm seamer sent back Temba Bavuma for 25, with the score on 122 all resistance ended, and 12 overs later the Cobras had folded for 159.
Van Schalkwyk’s first strike was particularly important, catching Hashim Amla off his own bowling. The dangerous Proteas star had run up 56 off 70 balls, with six fours and two sixes, and was well on his way to hauling the Cobras out of danger after the early loss of their openers. Once he had gone, Justin Ontong and Aviwe Mgijima followed in short order, with neither adding to the scoreboard. At one point he bowled seven overs on the trot.
Van Schalkwyk, who learned his skills at Wynberg Boys’ High, has taken 181 wickets in 75 matches with a best of 7-82. He was seventh on the Sunfoil bowling charts last season with 29 scalps.
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