MiWAY T20 Challenge 2011-12 February 15, 2012

Cobras beat Warriors in opening game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cape Cobras 155 for 5 (Puttick 55, van Zyl 58, Ntini 2-19) beat Warriors 145 for 7 (Smuts 26, Vallie 2-28, Gray 2-25) by ten runs
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Cape Cobras began the MiWAY T20 challenge with a ten-run victory against Warriors at St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth.

The Cobras openers Andrew Puttick and Stiaan van Zyl scored half-centuries to set up a strong platform. van Zyl contributed 58 off 41 balls to a first-wicket partnership of 99, and Puttick made 55 off 52 deliveries. The middle-order batsmen failed to contribute significantly, though, and Cobras made only 56 off 44 balls after van Zyl was dismissed to finish with 155 for 5. Makhaya Ntini took 2 for 19 in four overs for Warriors.

The Warriors chase suffered from a lack of partnerships. Five of their top six batsmen got into double figures but Kelly Smuts' 26 was the best score. The highest partnership was the 31-run stand between the openers. Five Cobras bowlers shared the wickets, with Yaseen Vallie and Alistair Gray taking two wickets apiece. The Warriors were restricted to 145 for 7.

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  • Nuxxy on February 16, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    The problem was that the Warriors weren't willing to take on the bowlers. 8 sixes to 3 tells the story. Too many of their dismissals were off little pokes and prods and weak shots. It's T20 - if you're going to play, swing hard.

  • Nuxxy on February 16, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    The problem was that the Warriors weren't willing to take on the bowlers. 8 sixes to 3 tells the story. Too many of their dismissals were off little pokes and prods and weak shots. It's T20 - if you're going to play, swing hard.

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  • Nuxxy on February 16, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    The problem was that the Warriors weren't willing to take on the bowlers. 8 sixes to 3 tells the story. Too many of their dismissals were off little pokes and prods and weak shots. It's T20 - if you're going to play, swing hard.