SuperSport Series, Round Seven, 3rd day March 4, 2006

Duminy guides Cobras to seven-wicket win

Cricinfo staff

The Cape Cobras eased to a seven-wicket win over the Warriors despite a valiant 90 from Arno Jacobs. He fought hard to try and set a decent target for the Cobras, but when he was eighth out the game was virtually up. Rory Kleinveldt completed match figures of 10 for 80, his first ten-wicket haul, while Monde Zondeki chipped in with four. JP Duminy ensured there were no major alarms for the Cobras, his unbeaten 38 guiding them to welcome victory.

A determined stand of 78 between Pierre de Bruyn and Mandla Mashimbyi ensured that the Titans finished on almost equal terms with the Lions after the first innings. That had appeared unlikely when the Titans fell to 303 for 8, losing their overnight batsmen - Goolam Bodi and Geoffrey Toyana - in quick succession. But de Bruyn knuckled down and found able support from Mashinbyi, who actually out-scored him in the partnership and struck seven boundaries in his 59-ball innings. Garnett Kruger finished with a hard-earned five-wicket haul after toiling through 37 overs. The Lions' second innings was curtailed by bad light after 22 overs, with Justin Ontong unbeaten on 32.

Nicky Boje and Dale Benkenstein shared the honours on the third day at Durban, as the Dolphins and Eagles finally managed a decent amount of play after two days blighted by the weather. Boje continued his fine form, claiming a career-best 8 for 93 to follow his 7 for 75 in the previous round. After batting over three different days Benkenstein completed a hard-working century, his second of the season, and received useful support from Duncan Brown and Lance Klusener. In reply, Jacques Rudolph was the most fluent batsman, striking 12 fours in his 62 before being run out by Benkenstein.