MTN Domestic Championship 2008-09 December 29, 2008

Cobras humbled for 39

Cricinfo staff

An impressive all-round performance from Jean Symes helped the Lions to a 17-run victory against the Warriors at Port Elizabeth after rain forced a Duckworth-Lewis result. Symes, who collected 3 for 33 with his left-arm spin, cracked a quickfire 39 off 28 balls to propel the chase in an opening stand of 51. The Lions wobbled slightly against Wayne Parnell, South Africa's latest one-day recruit, but Alvrio Petersen guided the chase with an unbeaten 52. The Lions were closing in on their target when the rain arrived and they were comfortably ahead of the D-L revision. The Warriors innings was a stop-start affair with seven batsmen scoring between 14 and 27, but no one went onto a significant contribution. However, despite the victory the Lions remain bottom of the table.

Rain in Durban meant less than 25 overs were possible between the Dolphins and the Cape Cobras. Ahmed Amla had just reached his half century, laying a platform for the Dolphins to accelerate, when the rain came to end the contest. Sanath Jayasuriya failed again, caught behind of Charl Langeveldt, to take his tally to just 71 runs from eight innings.

The Eagles consolidated their position at the top of the table with a comfortable 73-run at Paarl after the Cape Cobras suffered a horrendous collapse, falling to 39 all out in 15.2 overs, the lowest total in South Africa domestic one-day cricket. Chasing a revised 113 from 24 overs, three of the top four fell for ducks. Dillon du Preez claimed 2 for 4 in an impressive three over burst as the Cobras batting subsided in a flash. Richard Levi (14) was the only player to reach double figures and Langeveldt was unable to bat after picking up an ankle injury. The Eagles hadn't found scoring easy, crawling to 99 for 2 off 32 overs, but they still had more than enough.

The Warriors and the Titans had to share the points at East London after rain washed out the match with 10.5 overs bowled.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Eagles 10 7 2 0 1 34 +0.842 2082/344.3 1897/364.4
Titans 9 6 2 0 1 27 +0.069 1688/318.1 1791/342.0
Cape Cobras 8 3 3 0 2 17 +0.107 1186/249.0 1140/244.5
Dolphins 8 3 4 0 1 15 -0.400 1531/314.2 1590/301.4
Warriors 8 2 5 0 1 11 -0.406 1395/283.1 1453/272.3
Lions 9 2 7 0 0 9 -0.269 2001/380.1 2012/363.4