SuperSport series April 3, 2011

Cape Cobras seal SuperSport title

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Cape Cobras completed a wonderful season by claiming the SuperSport Series with a seven-wicket victory against Warriors in Paarl. Their nearest challengers, Titans, had to settle for a draw against Knights and rain had a major say in the other encounter between Dolphins and Lions in Durban

Cape Cobras were far and away the most powerful team in the competition with five victories and comfortably chased down their target of 151 to win in three days at Paarl. The success was set up Claude Henderson, the left-arm spinner, who took nine wickets in the match to take his season tally to 38. Warriors were restricted to 218 in their first innings and Cobras built a valuable 67-run lead with Owais Shah hitting 85 and Rory Kleinveldt an important 49 lower down the order after Simon Harmer's offspin had caused problems. Harmer then top-scored for Warriors with an unbeaten 68 but couldn't build a big enough run chase to trouble the Cobras.

Titans did their best to complete a come-from-behind victory over Knights at Benoni after Obus Pienaar struck 212. Jacques Rudolph responded with an unbeaten 181 and when Knights slipped to 127 for 7 in their second innings it appeared Titans had a chance of a final-day run chase. However, Charl Pietersen led a lower-order rearguard which meant the target was eventually a very tough 346 in 69 overs. This time Rudolph fell for a duck and by the time rain ended the match Titans were struggling on 96 for 4.

In the other match centuries from David Miller (149) and Daryn Smit (109) put Dolphins in charge as they amassed 476 for 8 at Durban then skittled Lions for 140 as Mthokozisi Shezi took 5 for 22. They followed-on and reached 72 for 1 but Dolphins were denied the chance to push for victory when rained washed out the final day.

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