Lions v Cobras, Ram Slam T20 Challenge, Johannesburg November 29, 2015

Parnell 99 powers Cobras win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cape Cobras 154 for 4 (Parnell 99) beat Lions 153 for 5 (Conway 37, Kemp 2-26) by six wickets
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File photo - Wayne Parnell cracked nine fours and five sixes © AFP

Opening the batting, Wayne Parnell blitzed 99 - his first T20 fifty - to help Cape Cobras hunt down 154 against Lions with six wickets to spare in Johannesburg. The win took Cobras to second place with 20 points, eight behind Titans.

Parnell struck back-to-back fours off Dwaine Pretorius early in his innings before tucking into the spinners. He brought up his fifty off 32 balls after the fall of Andrew Puttick but the wicket did not hamper him. Eddie Leie was swept over midwicket, Hardus Viljoen was hit over the covers and long-on. Parnell then moved from 87 to 99 with a brace of sixes but missed the century as he skewered one to backward point. He fell with his side eight runs away from the target but Rory Kleinveldt put the seal on the win with a six over midwicket.

Earlier Kleinveldt had bowled a tidy spell, backing up Justin Kemp, despite some late blows from Pretorius and Thami Tsolekile, who added an unbroken 53 for the sixth wicket in 4.3 overs. The top order, though, did not convert starts - opener Devon Conway's 37 off 36 balls was the highest score. Alviro Petersen managed 20 but eventually the total of 153 turned out to be inadequate.

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