Port Elizabeth – The Cape Cobras have lifted themselves into second position on the RAM SLAM T20 table when they beat the Warriors by 18 runs in Saturdayâ€™s game at St. Georgeâ€™s Park.
JP Duminy returned to form with a run-a-ball 45 and Justin Ontong hit 37 as the Cobras posted 160 for six after electing to bat first, but it was the new-ball pairing of Rory Kleinveldt and Beuran Hendricks who made the telling contribution.
The duo allowed just two boundaries in the opening four overs as they restricted the Warriors to 17 for one in the first fifth of their chase, piling the pressure on the home batsmen.
With JP Duminy backing them up with two overs that cost just seven, there was no way back for the Warriors despite Davy Jacobsâ€™ unbeaten 62 from just 31 balls.
After Kleinveldt had bowled out with figures of 2 for 23, Jacobs did his best to revive the Warriors with a couple of sixes off Aviwe Mgijima (2 for 31) and then three off the penultimate over from Justin Kemp, but that still left 25 required from the final over.
Hendricks allowed just six to finish with figures of 1 for 15, giving the Cobras a handsome victory that boosted their net run-rate.
Graeme Smith had been ruled out of the game and Hashim Amla was bowled by Wayne Parnell for just one, but Stiaan van Zyl hit 26 from 14 balls in his first innings of the competition and Duminy and Ontong shared a stand of 56 for the third wicket.
Dane Vilas (22), Kemp and Robin Peterson also chipped in with late runs to boost the Cobrasâ€™ total to one which proved insurmountable for the Warriors, who dropped down to third place in the standings.
Warriors: Ryan Bailey, Andrew Birch, Simon Harmer, Davy Jacobs (captain, wicketkeeper), Christiaan Jonker, Lundi Mbane, Eddie Moore, Wayne Parnell, Ashwell Prince, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rusty Theron
Cape Cobras: Hashim Amla, Stiaan van Zyl, JP Duminy, Justin Ontong (captain), Dane Vilas (wicketkeeper), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Aviwe Mgijima, Beuran Hendricks