The combination of Alan Dawson and Thami Tsolekile destroyed the Warriors' hopes of their first win in the Standard Bank Pro20 Series as the Cape Cobras won easily by 21 runs.
The Warriors had done all the hard work to restrict the Cobras to 144 but Dawson, who took a career best 4 for 18, the fourth-best return for a bowler in the Pro20, and Tsolekile, who snaffled five catches behind the stumps, equalling Morne van Wyk's five dismissals in 2003-04, destroyed the Warriors' top order to leave them floundering at 15 for 4 after three overs. Michael Smith, who made 49, and Mark Bruyns (35) were the only Warriors batsmen to get into double figures as they finished on 123 for 8.
Rory Kleinveldt had earlier lifted a troubled Cape Cobras innings to 144 for 8 as he hit 46 off 22 balls with the Warriors pressing hard for their first win in the series. JP Duminy had given the innings some impetus with 23 off 18 balls but it was Kleinveldt's innings that lifted the Cobras. Justin Kreusch (3 for 31) and Tyron Henderson (2 for 21) were the wicket-takers and they were well supported by some disciplined bowling to restrict the Cobras.
In Durban, the lights and the rain could not stop the Eagles from beating the Dolphins by seven wickets in a match which was decided by the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The start was slightly delayed with some controversy about the use of one bank of lights. It was decided to switch them on and take a chance that they do not fuse. The Dolphins made a blistering start as Kyle Smit struck 76 from 41 balls to bring up the 100 in the tenth over. However, the rest of the batsmen failed to take advantage of the platform, as Nicky Boje and Roger Telemachus bowled well, taking three wickets each to restrict the damage. The Dolphins' total of 190 for 7 was still the highest score of the season, though.
The Eagles' innings got off to a frenetic start as well, with Morne van Wyk hitting 56 not out off 33 balls and Davey Jacobs wading in with 46 off 35. The innings was interrupted twice due to rain, the second delay causing a loss of five overs and a revised target of 145. All the hard work done before the rain paid off as the Eagles cruised home with five balls to spare.
Morne van Wyk
South Africa Domestic Season
Standard Bank Pro20 Series
Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa