De Bruyn, de Lange help Knights open with bonus-point win

File photo - Marchant de Lange razed the Cape Cobras top order with returns of 6-1-21-3 in his first spell Associated Press

A century from Knights captain Theunis de Bruyn and a four-for from fast bowler Marchant de Lange led their side to a 100-run win over Cape Cobras in Bloemfontein.

De Bruyn anchored the Knights innings after opting to bat, scoring 132 off 117 balls to lead the side to 308 for 6. Having lost the openers in successive overs with 51 on the board, de Bruyn carried the innings forward by stitching partnerships of 85 and 98 with Pite van Biljon and Diego Rosier for the third and fourth wickets respectively. With de Bruyn falling in the 45th over, Knights scored 37 off the last five as Shadley van Schalkwyk took the score past the 300 mark.

De Lange then cut through the Cobras top order, leaving them at 47 for 3 in the seventh over and by the 21st, Cobras were all but out of the chase at 102 for 5. Jason Smith and Aviwe Mgijima struck a 67-run partnership for the sixth wicket, with Mgijima taking the score past 200 before he was dismissed for 51, his second List A fifty and the top-score in the Cobras innings.

De Lange, who had returns of 3 for 21 in his first spell of six overs, dismissed Mgijima in the 41st over, to finish with 4 for 35 as Cape Cobras were bowled out for 208 in the 42nd over.