Unbeaten Cobras make it four in four
Cape Cobras 285 for 5 (Vilas 77*, Engelbrecht 68*, Puttick 55) beat Knights 212 (Abrahams 62, Shezi 4-38) by 73 runs
A 47-ball 77 from wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, followed by a four-wicket haul from medium-pacer Mthokozisi Shezi helped Cape Cobras crush Knights by 73 runs in Cape Town. The victory was Cobras' fourth straight win in the tournament and earned them their third bonus point, keeping them firmly at the top of the table.
Opting to bat, Cobras made 285 for 5 from their 50 overs, as three players made half-centuries. Opener Andrew Puttick hit a patient 55, his fourth consecutive 50-plus score, to build a solid foundation, but the Knights bowlers fought back by striking regularly to reduce Cobras to 148 for 5 by the 37th over. Vilas and Sybrand Engelbrecht, however, counterattacked by putting up an unbroken 137-run partnership in just 83 deliveries to lift Cobras to a competitive total. Vilas' knock included five fours and four sixes, while Engelbrecht hit nine fours and a six during his unbeaten 52-ball 68.
Knights began the chase brightly with a 79-run opening stand between Gerhardt Abrahams and Reeza Hendricks, but lost their way after Abrahams' wicket for 62 in the 20th over. Shezi picked up 4 for 38, while Lizaad Williams chipped in with two scalps, as Knights lost their last nine wickets for 101 runs. Pite van Biljon put up a fight, making 49, but none of the last six batsmen could muster more than four runs, as Knights were bowled out in 45.5 overs.