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November 23, 2011
Warriors and Cobras retained their positions at the top of the Franchise 1-Day Cup table, with victories over Lions and Knights respectively.
Cobras' win in Bloemfontein was a high-scoring affair after they won the toss and piled on the runs. Andrew Puttick laid the base with 62 off 91 balls, while Dane Vilas at No. 3 provided the mid-innings momentum with 43 off 44 balls. Thereafter, Owais Shah and Justin Ontong took off, with a 78-run stand in 63 balls. Justin Kemp and Rory Klienveldt ended the innings in a blaze of big hits, lifting Cobras to 296 for 6. Dean Elgar and Rilee Rossouw built the platform for Knights' chase, but took their time doing it. Robin Peterson (4 for 52) made frequent incisions to leave Knights at 185 for 5 in the 39th over. Werner Coetsee, Johan van der Wath and Dillon du Preez attempted a late surge, but their side fell 15 short.
Warriors had an easier passage to victory, after Makhaya Ntini and Rusty Theron snuffed out Lions' top order early in East London. Neil McKenzie resisted with an accomplished 87, and was one of only two batsmen to go past 26, the other being Jean Symes (44). Their efforts took Lions to 218. Arno Jacobs and Colin Ingram had put the chase on course when rain intervened at 83 for 1 in 17 overs. The revised target was 195 off 40 overs, and the pair surged without fuss towards victory when a second rain break ended play. Warriors had reached 174 for 1 in 31.4 overs by then, comfortably ahead of the D/L par score.
The other game of the day, between Titans and Dolphins was abandoned midway through at Durban. A string of top-order starts, led by Jacques Rudolph's 64, led Titans to 252 for 9 in their 50 overs, with Cameron Delport making four breakthroughs. Dolphins were in good shape at 97 for 2 in the 19th over when persistent rain ended the action.
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