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December 7, 2009
Cape Cobras triumphed in a low-scoring contest over the Eagles at Newlands. The match was in the balance after both first innings' had been completed. Cape Cobras had been put in to bat when Boeta Dippenaar won the toss for the Eagles and his decision looked vindicated when the home team were reduced to 85 for six. A fighting knock of 70 from 99 balls from Robin Peterson lifted the score to 231 and clearly gave the Cape Cobras bowlers a chance. They duly delivered as the Eagles collapsed from 141 for 2 to 220 all out in the space of 22 overs. Vernon Philander was the chief destroyer with 5 for 58.
A patient 113 from Alastair Gray, off 247 balls, anchored Cape Cobras second innings and ensured the visitors would have a tough but gettable target of 238 batting last. They never got close as Philander again was in the wickets with 4 for 32 and Peterson completed an excellent all-round game by collecting 5 for 60. The win takes Cape Cobras to top of the table while the Eagles are stuck second from bottom.
The Lions roared to an innings victory against the visiting Titans at Potchefstroom. Batting first there were fifties from openers Stephen Cook and Grant Mokena before the middle order really turned the screw. Vaughn van Jaarsveld hit 16 boundaries and two sixes in a positive 135 from 174 balls and Zander der Bruyn made a patient 144.
Waiting a day and a half to bat clearly did the Titans' batsmen no good and they were bundled out for 134 with Cliff Deacon destroying the top-order with 4 for 43. Following on the Titans fared a little better, with Farhaan Behardien's fifty lifting the score to 200, but Deacon was in the wickets again and Friedel de Wet celebrated his call up to the South African Test squad with 3 for 37 from 19 overs. England discard Monty Panesar chipped in with 2 for 29 from 11 overs as the Lions secured their first victory of the SuperSport series.
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