Lions make it three wins out of three
Lions 248 for 9 (Bodi 45, Kemp 2-23) beat Cape Cobras 229 (O'Reilly 3-61) by 19 runs
Lions increased the gap between them and the rest with a third consecutive win in the Momentum One Day Cup, beating Cape Cobras by 19 runs at Newlands. It was their hardest-fought win yet.
After choosing to bat on a slightly difficult pitch, Lions made a positive start, reaching 65 for 0 and then 101 for 2 in the 23rd over. It was then that Gulam Bodi, whose 45 was eventually the innings' top score, was run out by Justin Ontong. Lions lost two more wickets for 22 runs and their momentum was shot. Temba Bavuma and Zander de Bruyn made 30s but were dismissed before converting their starts into substantial scores. Johann Louw and Justin Kemp took two wickets each for Cobras as Lions were restricted to 248 for 9.
The Cobras chase got off to a swift start, with Richard Levi leading the way. Andrew Puttick's struggle - 13 off 32 balls - ended in the 10th over, and then Levi was dismissed in the next, leaving Cobras on 55 for 2. From 99 for 2 they slipped further to 158 for 6 in the 36th over, with none of the top and middle-order batsmen making significant contributions. However, the equation boiled down to 47 runs to get off 40 balls with four wickets in hand, and Cobras were in the game. Ethan O'Reilly then struck the telling blow, Kemp caught behind for 24, and Cobras were eventually dismissed for 229. O'Reilly finished with 3 for 61, but the Lions spinner Aaron Phangsio proved most economical, taking 1 for 31 in ten overs.
Despite maintaining their 100% win record, Lions captain Stephen Cook asked for improvement from his side. "We probably didn't play as well as we have the last few games," he said. "Perhaps we were a tad lucky to get over the line at the end, but that keeps everyone honest and working hard at their game."
The Cobras captain Ontong was disappointed with his team's batting. "I thought we didn't get a partnership going and, although a couple of the guys got starts, we just couldn't really kick on," he said. "We've got to do some hard work now and get some wins under our belts."
Cobras are third in the points table with one win in three games.
Match abandoned Dolphins 67 for 2 v Warriors
Only 17 overs were possible at Kingsmead before rain washed out the game between Dolphins and Warriors. After getting sent in to bat, Dolphins had reached 67 for 2, with Makhaya Ntini and Wayne Parnell striking for Warriors.
Neither team has won a match in the tournament so far and they are at the bottom of the points table.