Momentum One Day Cup 2015-16 February 7, 2016

Bowlers help Cobras stay on top; Knights off the bottom

ESPNcricinfo staff

Beuran Hendricks justified Justin Ontong's decision to bowl first in Paarl © Getty Images

Cape Cobras consolidated their position at the top of the standings with a comfortable six-wicket win over Lions in Paarl.

Lions, who were sent in to bat, were shot out for 133. Save Dominic Hendrick's unbeaten 44, there was little of note in the innings that lasted 40.3 overs. Beuran Hendricks, the left-arm seamer, returned figures of 3 for 18 off eight overs, while Dane Paterson, Wayne Parnell and Dane Piedt had two scalps apiece.

The Cobras stuttered at the start by losing Parnell and Omphile Ramela early, but Andrew Puttick ate into the target with an unbeaten 63. He was helped by Stiaan van Zyl, who made 35, as Cobras won with 16.5 overs to spare.

An unbeaten century from opener Rudi Second, followed by three-wicket hauls from Mbulelo Budaza and Michael Erlank, sent Knights to a 74-run win over Warriors in East London.

The bonus point win meant that Knights were dragged from the bottom of the table, with 13 points, five behind the Warriors in the final play-off spot with two rounds to play.

Having elected to bat, Knights lost Reeza Hendricks and Michael Erlank early, but Second and Botha drove them forward with a brisk 100-run partnership. Botha was aggressive, striking 63 off 54 balls, including seven fours and a six. Second's century,which contained only four fours, was a measured effort. Werner Coetsee strengthened Knights' advantage with a cameo lower down the order, as they finished with 258.

JJ Smuts was the pick of the bowlers for Warriors, claiming figures of 2 for 49. He then gave the chase early thurst with his 21st List A fifty, but the rest of the batsmen fell away. Budaza, playing only his 10th List A game accounted for Smuts,Jerry Nqolo, and Yaseen Vallie to finish with career-best figures. Erlank then wrapped up the tail to dismiss Warriors for 184 in 43.3 overs and seal Knights' third win of the tournament.

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