Franchise 1-Day Cup, 2011-12

Levi's rapid ton sets up Cobras' win

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 6, 2011

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Kinghts cruised to a nine-wicket win with almost 20 overs to spare against Titans in a drama-filled Franchise 1-Day Cup game at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. After being inserted, Titans lost two early wickets before a steadying stand between Heino Kuhn and AB de Villiers. de Villiers, who was playing his first match since he broke a finger at the Champions League T20, had his innings cut short when he was adjudged obstructing the field under the ICC's new playing conditions. From there on, Knights bowlers struck regularly to keep Titans to 157. There was another batsman dismissed obstructing the field: No. 11, Rowan Richards. The Knights bowlers shared the wickets around, and their opening batsmen - Morne van Wyk and Reeza Hendricks - made light work of the target with a fluent 135-run stand.

Cape Cobras won a high-scoring encounter against Lions by 72 runs, at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Lions' decision to bowl backfired on them, with Cobras' openers - Richard Levi and Andrew Puttick - putting on 176, which is a record first-wicket stand for the team. While both batsmen made hundreds, Levi's came at an astonishing strike-rate of 192.98 with eight fours and ten sixes. The final thrust was provided by Justin Ontong, who hit 51 off 41 balls. Lions launched a spirited reply, driven by a century from Neil McKenzie and half-centuries from Gulam Bodi and Cliffe Deacon. The latter's 55 came off just 25 balls, but even this was not enough to chase down Cobras' mammoth 379.

The game between Dolphins and Warriors at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg was called off due to rain after Warriors had got to 290 for 8. This is the second of two Dolphins games to be abandoned.

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