Standard Bank Cup wrap, 8th round December 24, 2005

Cape Cobras crash out of the tournament

Cricinfo staff

Titans regained the top spot in the Standard Bank Cup after a win in a high scoring match against Warriors on a good batting strip at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth.

Batting first the Warriors started off cautiously but at the fall of the first wicket Robin Peterson came to the crease and raced away to 90 off 82 balls. The third wicket also produced a partnership of 97 as Peterson and Arno Jacobs took control. Jacobs and Tyron Henderson then put on 42 in the final five overs for the Warriors to finish on 246 for 3.

The Titans fired on all cylinders as the top four all scored half-centuries. Alviro Peterson and Goolam Bodi scored 51 each, Martin van Jaarsveld, the Man of the Match, scored 62 and Johan Myburgh finished on 56 not out as they passed the target with an over to spare.

It was hard work for the bowlers, but that is how it should be for a limited overs match and credit must go to the ground staff for the preparation of a spectator pleasing pitch.

Cape Cobras played themselves right out of the Standard Bank Cup semi-finals after being blown away by the Lions at Newlands, Cape Town.

Set a meagre target of 161 the Cobras were bowled out for 121 in what must rate as their worst performance of the season. A top score of 24 from Renier Munnik was all the Cobras could muster as Saurab Chatterjee picked up a career best of 4 for 27 in 6.3 overs.

The Lions had also struggled to put an innings together with Matthew Harris propping up the middle of the innings scoring 56 and easily winning the Man-of-the-Match award. With Charl Willoughby taking 3 for 19 in his nine overs and the Lions reaching 160 for 9 in the 45 overs the Cobras looked to be in with a chance of their first win of the season, but by handing the Lions the bonus point the Cobras now have no chance of reaching the semi-final stages.