Linde’s best leads Cobras to victory

George Linde claimed six wickets to help the WSB Cape Cobras to a bonus-point 67-run victory over the Warriors in a Momentum One Day Cup match at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Saturday afternoon.

Linde ended with figures of 6-47 in 9.1 overs, beating his previous List A best figures of 5-25, to help dismiss the Warriors for just 175 runs in 36.1 overs i pursuit of the Cobras’ 242 for nine after the home side had been sent in to bat first.

The damage had been done up front by speedster, Dane Paterson, who claimed 2-23 in seven overs, dismissing Matthew Breetzke (0) and Gihahn Cloete (7) in his first two overs. Colin Ackermann (13) and former Cobras batsman, Yaseen Vallie (18), arrested things somewhat with a stand worth 31 for the third wicket but then Mthiwekhaya Nabe (8-2-36-2) grabbed two wickets in as many balls to leave the visitors reeling on 38 for four.

Nabe, who’s first two overs failed to generate a run, first had Vallie caught in the deep and then followed up by having Ackermann edging to Carlos Koyana behind the stumps. The double-strike brought the Warriors captain, Jon-Jon Smuts (19) to the crease and he looked to take the attack to the home side.

Smuts struck two boundaries in 22 deliveries while adding 44 runs from 46 balls with Lesiba Ngoepe (33) for the fifth wicket before becoming Linde’s first victim, caught behind by Koyana off a faint edge. Linde struck again a few overs later when he again found the edge of Ngoepe’s bat to be safely pouched by the keeper.

Clayton Bosch (5) was promoted up the order but failed to succeed as he became Linde’s third scalp. Andrew Birch lasted all of two deliveries before being caught in the deep off Linde which brought Sisanda Magala (12) to the crease. The fast bowler hung around and contributed to the eighth wicket stand of 49 which came from just 34 deliveries as Christiaan Jonker went on the attack.

Jonker’s aggression was brutal as the allrounder struck three boundaries and five maximums before being last man out for a well-played 63 off only 39 balls. Jonker’s efforts though were in vain as the visitors failed to regain their composure after Paterson’s early inroads.

Earlier, the Cobras had laid a good foundation with an opening stand of 72 for the first wicket between Wayne Parnell (34) and Pieter Malan, who went on to top score with 84 from 116 deliveries, an innings that included six boundaries and a six.

Malan and Aviwe Mgijima (37) continued to build and added a brisk 72 for the second wicket from just 79 deliveries before the wheels came off the home side’s innings. Birch (10-1-38-2) and Ackermann (10-0-39-0) bowled a tight line to restrict and frustrate the home side while Magala (8-0-41-3) and Ayabulela Gqamane (7-0-29-3) completed the destruction.

JP Duminy (9) failed again with the bat while Qaasim Adams failed to kick on after making 26 from 31 deliveries which included three boundaries. The tail failed to wag for the home side, who found themselves in unfamiliar surroundings in the Karoo, with Linde being the only lower-order batsman to make double figures before being dismissed for a run-a-ball 15.

The bonus-point victory lifts the Cobras into second place on the Momentum log, leapfrogging their opponents by virtue of a better net run-rate. The Cobras’ next venture is away to the all-conquering Multiply Titans at Supersport Park in Centurion on January 5th while the Warriors host the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Port Elizabeth on the same day.

Author: Brendon

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