Cobras move to first with 30-run win
Cape Cobras 201 in 48.3 overs (van Zyl 52, Viljoen 3-51) beat Lions 153 in 35.5 overs (Langeveldt 4-22, Khan 3-30) by 30 runs (D/L method)
Cape Cobras moved to No. 1 in the Momentum Cup standings after securing a 30-run victory (D/L method) over Lions in Johannesburg. Lions won the toss and put Cape Cobras in, a decision that was justified when opener Andrew Puttick was bowled for 4 in the third over by Chris Morris. Dane Vilas and Stiaan van Zyl then combined for an 84-run partnership. With Cobras at 88 for 1 in the 24th over, they seemed set to put on a big total, but the Lions bowlers were too good. Vilas fell for 36, followed by van Zyl who was bowled by Hardus Viljoen for 52, the top score of the innings. Despite Justin Kemp's 45, the rest of the batting order failed to provide resistance, and eight out the ten batsmen to fall were bowled. Viljoen was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 51 as Cobras stumbled to 201 in the 49th over.
Rain intervened before the chase began and Lions were handed a revised target of 184 in 40 overs. Things started horribly for Lions when Rory Kleinveldt trapped Stephen Cook off the first ball of the innings. Opener Rassie van der Dussen didn't pose much of a threat either as he went out in the 6th over. Alviro Petersen, the captain, could only resist so much as Lions were reduced to 27 for 3 inside 10 overs. Innings from Neil McKenzie (24), wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile (36) and Morris (35) helped Lions keep abreast for part of the innings, but Charl Langeveldt and Shaheen Khan combined well to take seven wickets between them as Lions were dismissed for 153 in the 36th over. Langeveldt finished with innings figures of 4 for 22.
Knights 232 for 8 in 45.1 overs (du Preez 56*, Mosena 55) beat Dolphins 223 for 6 in 48 overs (Zondo 50*, Friend 3-35) by two wickets (D/L method)
Knights gave themselves a four-point lead over last-placed Lions with a two-wicket victory (D/L method) over Dolphins in Durban. After choosing to bat, Dolphins made a poor start when they were 43 for 3 inside 11 overs, with Quinton Friend removing both openers. A 70-run partnership between Cameron Delport and Cody Chetty steadied the innings, but both batsmen fell within three overs of one another to leave Dolphins at 121 for 5 in the 30th. Play was stopped because of lightning in the 43rd over and when the match resumed it was shortened to 48 overs per side. Khaya Zondo's unbeaten 50 off 58, along with Daryn Smit's 39, pushed Dolphins to 223 for 6.
With the revised target set at 232 for victory in 48 overs, Knights found themselves in a bit of a bother when they were 20 for 2 in five overs. Aside from Lefa Mosena, the bulk of the batting order failed to contribute meaningful scores as Knights were reduced to 141 for 8 in 38 overs. With Mosena going out on 55, the chase looked a tall order, but whirlwind innings of 56 off 31 by Dillon du Preez and 34 off 14 by Friend wrested the game back for Knights. Their 91-run stand helped Knights to victory, with 2.5 overs to spare.