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November 23, 2012
Vaughn van Jaarsveld's career-best 116 went in vain as the Cape Cobras won by 55 runs and gained a bonus point against Dolphins at Newlands. Van Jaarsveld scored 116 but the other batsmen around him failed as the Dolphins were bowled out for 174 in their chase of 230. The Cobras moved to second in the points table.
The Cobras' innings was shaped by half-centuries by Richard Levi and Dane Vilas. Cobras opted to bat first and they lost two early wickets to Craig Alexander, who limped off the field soon after due to a hamstring injury. Levi and Vilas added 52 for the second wicket before Levi holed out to long-on for 55. Levi edged a few over the slips and managed seven fours. Soon after Levi's departure, Yaseen Vallie was run out by a sharp throw from Imraan Khan at the covers. Justin Onting and Justin Kemp then added stands of 52 and 40 respectively with Vilas. Vilas was in sight of a century but was caught at long-on for 84 off Prenelan Subrayan.
Dolphins were reeling early in their chase at 14 for 4. Johann Louw found some swing and nipped out two early wickets. Charl Langeveldt yorked Imraan before Louw had Miller edging behind. Van Jaarsveld and Cody Chetty then staged a recovery stand of 103 for the fifth wicket. The Dolphins were helped by some sloppy ground fielding by the Cobras. Ontong, who brought himself on to stem the flow of runs, broke the partnership when he had Chetty chipping to Alistair Gray at mid-off. Van Jaarsveld reached his century off 118 balls and was running out of partners. He was the last man out at 174, caught at long-off with the Dolphins only ten shy of saving the bonus point.
Quinton de Kock's century turned out to be a match-winning one at the Wanderers as Lions beat Titans by seven wickets. The Titans opted to bat first but were jolted early by Chris Morris' strikes, which reduced them to 50 for 4. The recovery came via Farhaan Behardien, who shared three half-century stands with the middle order.
Behardien added 89 with Albie Morkel, who made 54. Behardien was then supported by David Wiese and Roelof van der Merwe as he neared his century. Behardien reached his century off 112 balls, going past his previous best of 99. Morris took 4 for 33, including Behardien's wicket, to keep Titans to 255.
Lions got off to a strong start in their chase, with the openers adding 76 in just over ten overs. Stephen Cook was out lbw to Paul Harris, but Gulam Bodi was strong at the other end, progressing to 54. The third-wicket stand of 145 between de Kock and Neil McKenzie took the game away from the Titans as the Lions chased in 37 overs.
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