Kleinveldt and Piedt trample Warriors
Cape Cobras 325 (Ontong 98, Piedt 62, Harmer 8-60) and 130 (Ontong 28, Walters 3-20, Magala 3-23, Birch 3-33) beat Warriors 129 (Gqamane 37*, Kleinveldt 4-41, Piedt 4-43) and 178 (Kleinveldt 5-30, Piedt 4-43) by 148 runs
Dane Piedt, who was released from South Africa's Test squad, took four wickets in each innings, Simon Harmer claimed nine scalps in the match, but Rory Kleinveldt had a bigger say in Cape Cobras' 148 run win over Warriors, their first victory of the season.
Kleinveldt claimed a match haul of nine wickets, including a five-for in the last innings. He nipped out the Warriors' openers early in the chase of 327 before coming back to wrap up the tail and secure the big win.
Colin Ackermann mounted some resistance with 82 off 140 deliveries, before he was last man dismissed. Piedt proved an able foil for Kleinveldt as Warriors were bowled out for 178.
They had fared worse in their first innings. Kleinveldt rocked the top order, striking twice in his first over. The slide seeped into the middle order as well as Warriors were reduced to 18 for 5 and then 63 for 8. Ayabulela Gqamane, coming in at No.10, hit 37 off 53 balls and spared his side the ignominy of getting rolled over for a double-digit score.
Cobras endured a similar collapse in their second innings as they were bowled out for 130, but they had the cushion of a strong first-innings batting effort. Andrew Puttick (33) and Omphile Ramela (32) gave Cobras a good platform. Justin Ontong then built on it with 98 off 189 balls, including 10 fours and one six. Piedt chipped in with a patient 62 to push Cobras to 325. They eventually walked away with 17.74 points.
Lions 264 (Hendricks 80, Cook 76, Masekela 7-38) and 94 (Siboto 7-44) beat Knights 221 (Mnyanda 46, Pretorious 3-35) and 92 (Pretorious 3-37, Leie 2-7) by 45 runs
Knights fell apart in what seemed like a relatively simple chase of 138, as the team lost by 45 runs to Lions in Kimberley. Despite securing an innings lead, Lions looked to be heading towards defeat after folding for 94 in their second dig, thanks to a career-best 7 for 44 from medium-pacer Malusi Siboto.
Knights, however, fared even worse in their second innings, losing wickets right from the off and failed to string together even a single meaningful stand. Only three batsmen reached double figures, as Dwaine Pretorious (3 for 37), Pumelela Matshikwe (2 for 19) and Eddie Leie (2 for 7) routed Knights for 92 in 44.5 overs.
Earlier, Lions, opting to bat, posted a first-innings score of 264 on the back of fifties from the captain Stephen Cook (76) and Dominic Hendricks (80). Tumi Masekela was the pick of the Knights bowlers, collecting 7 for 38. In reply, Knights could only manage 221, as despite several starts from their middle-order batsmen, no one was able to compile a much-needed half-century. Pretorious and Sean Jamison shared three scalps apiece for Lions.