Cape Cobras picked up a bonus-point win as they crushed the Sunfoil Dolphins by eight wickets and 26 balls to spare in a Ram Slam T20 Challenge match at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town on Friday evening.
The Dolphins were restricted to a lowly 127 for nine in their 20 overs thanks to Sybrand Engelbrecht (3-16) and Mthokozisi Shezi (3-23) while Cameron Delport top-scored with a fortuitous 46.
The Cobras replied with 129 for two inside 16 overs with Richard Levi (44) and AndrewPuttick (48 not out) scoring the bulk of the runs.
Levi and Puttick gave the hosts the perfect start with a 62-run opening stand off just 37 balls in pursuit of their 128-run target. Levi smashed six boundaries and two maximums in his 26-ball innings and played with aggressive maturity.
The introduction of spin immediately paid dividends for the Dolphins as Levi popped a ball from Prenelan Subrayen straight to Delport at short mid-wicket midway through the sixth over, but perhaps Levi till then had aken the game away from the Dolphins. The offbreak bowler was the pick of the Durban-based side, ending with figures of 4-1-13-1.
The loss of the wicket did not disturb the home side’s momentum as Puttick and Omphile Ramela continued the charge with a 62-run stand for the second wicket off 60 balls.Ramela, with just four runs needed for victory, launched Robbie Frylink (3.4-0-31-1) straight up into the air where Craig Alexander steadied himself for the catch.Puttick, who struck his sixth boundary of the night straight down the ground to win the match, faced 39 balls and missed out on his half century by just two runs.
The Dolphins, who had earlier won the toss and elected to bat first, struggled from the word go, despite a second-wicket stand of 61 runs off 47 balls between Delport and Divan van Wyk (18). Delport was given two lives by the home team as first Ferisco Adams and then George Linde dropped chances.Adams had a shocker in the field as the young bowler dropped Delport on seven off the bowling of Shezi, in the same over the left-arm seamer had clean bowled Morne van Wyk (six).
Once Divan van Wyk departed, caught by Kieron Pollard off Linde (4-0-21-1), the rest of the Dolphins’ batsmen fell away. Vaughn van Jaarsveld (28) was the only other batsmen to score double figures.Engelbrecht and Linde really put the brakes on Delport and Van Wyk with combined figures of 8-1-37-4 with Engelbrecht’s offbreaks claiming a double-wicket maiden in his final over.
The win moves the Cobras above the Dolphins on the Ram Slam log with the men from Cape Town hosting the Chevrolet Knights next Wednesday in Paarl while the Dolphins prepare to face The Unlimited Titans in Durban on Sunday