Cobras close in on home final
Cape Cobras closed in on a home final as they squeezed to a four-wicket win against the Warriors. Andrew Puttick formed the foundation of the chase with 86 off 125 balls, but the Cobras still needed nine off the last over. Justin Kemp and Robin Peterson did what was needed, and were helped by a wide from Rusty Theron, with a ball to spare. The Warriors had actually done well to post 228 for 8 after slumping to 90 for 6 in the 24th over. Darryl Brown (52) and Sisanda Magala (48) added 93 for the seventh wicket then Theron thumped 33 off 19 balls.
The Titans advanced closer to a play-off berth as they secured a 12-run win on D/L against the Lions in Benoni. Rain came after 1.5 overs of the Lions chase and their target was adjusted to 149 off 20 overs. When Neil McKenzie fell they were 46 for 4 in the 10th, but Alviro Petersen kept them in the contest with 48 off 36 balls. However when he departed with 48 needed off 31 balls it proved too much for the lower order. Junior Dala bowled his four overs for just 19. The Titans innings was going nicely on 104 for 1 before they lost four for 42 then top-scorer Jacques Rudolph (77) also departed. However, Qaasim Adams revived them with 59 off 56 balls and they proved crucial runs in the later calculations. It would take a number of results to go against the Titans for them not to progress.
The Dolphins were grateful to the weather and the Knights were left cursing as their hopes of reaching the play-offs were severely doused in Pietermaritzburg. They had reduced the Dolphins, currently third in the table, to 45 for 5 before the game was washed out. Dillon du Preez had the eye-catching figures of 3 for 8 from six overs but in the end they did not mean much.