Zondo hundred in vain for Impi
Khayelihle Zondo's unbeaten century ended up in a losing cause as Impi fell short by 40 runs in a high-scoring contest against Cape Cobras in Paarl. Chasing 212, Hondo led a single-handed effort because the rest of the batsmen failed to give him support. Cobras were led by half-centuries by Stiaan van Zyl and Dane Vilas. The pair was involved in a stand of 67 in just 5.5 overs. The experienced Mark Boucher and Vernon Philander then added 53 for the fifth wicket in just five overs to take the score past 200. Philander finished with an 18-ball 55. Impi failed to put on substantial partnerships to threaten Cobras. Zondo ended up carrying his bat and in the process scored his first T20 century.
Dolphins prevailed by eight runs in another high-scoring encounter, in Bloemfontein, against Knights. Cody Chetty's blazing 82 off 49 balls, and David Miller's 40, off 25, helped Dolphins reach a competitive 184. Chetty smashed four sixes in his knock and added 76 in seven overs with Miller for the fifth wicket. Knights began steadily, with the pair of Rilee Rossouw and Obus Pienaar adding 71 for the second wicket. At 104 for 3, Knights needed to rebuild but they failed to put on a substantial partnership to overhaul the target. Ryan Bailey finished with an unbeaten 50.
An unbeaten 56 by Jonathan Vandiar helped Lions coast to an eight-wicket win over Warriors in Port Elizabeth. Warriors scored only 134, thanks to a combined bowling effort by Lions, led by Chris Morris, who took 2 for 19. JJ Smuts was the top scorer with 42. Lions opener Vandiar hit five fours in his knock, off 53 balls, to steer his team home. Neil McKenzie joined him in a stand of 62 for the third wicket to seal the game.