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October 14, 2012
Cape Cobras 262 (Gray 67, Vilas 45, Smuts 3-22) and 297 for 8 dec (Gray 125, Van Zyl 75, Smuts 4-45) beat Warriors 266 (Ingram 80, Prince 53, Kleinveldt 3-51) and 275 (Jacobs 104, Smuts 54, Louw 3-42) by 18 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
A century by Davy Jacobs went in vain as Warriors lost six wickets for 30 runs to lose by 18 runs in a thrilling Sunfoil Series match against Cape Cobras in Paarl. Jacobs, who scored 104, fell in the 71st over and Warriors' innings lasted for 59 more deliveries. The game, after similar first-innings scores, drifted towards Cobras after a century by Cobras opener Alistair Gray but Jacobs's hundred and JJ Smuts' half-century helped Warriors get close.
After choosing to bat, the Cobras got off to a positive start through opener Gray's 67. The innings progressed through stops and starts, and a couple of productive innings by the lower-order batsmen - wicketkeeper Dane Vilas (45) and Rory Kleinveldt (36) - helped them to 262. Left-arm spinner Smuts was the top wicket-taker for Warriors with three wickets.
The Warriors, though, failed to start their innings well. After being reduced to 37 for 3, Ashwell Prince and Colin Ingram added 121 runs, with both batsmen scoring half-centuries. The pair had departed by the 75th over, with the score at 205 when Ingram went, and their innings didn't last much longer. Simon Harmer scored 33 to boost the total to 266 - four more than the Cobras had made. Vernon Philander and Kleinveldt took three wickets each.
But the Cobras laid the base for a strong second-innings total when openers Gray and Andrew Puttick put on 93 runs. Stiaan van Zyl stuck with Gray and the pair weren't separated for 41.1 overs. At 209 for 4, when the pair had departed, they again lost wickets quickly, largely through Smuts, who claimed four wickets.
Warriors were in command in their chase at 211 for 3, but Kleinveldt and seamer Johann Louw took six wickets between them. Justin Kemp took two wickets off the 80th over to finish the match.
The match between Dolphins and Knights was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of a wet ground.
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