Lions fall agonisingly short
After winning the toss at the start of the match with the bizhub Highveld Lions electing to bat first, they unfortunately lost to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras as the match came to a close in Johannesburg yesterday.
Half-centuries by JP Duminy and Pieter Malan helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras make it three Momentum One-Day Cup wins in a row.
Dane Paterson also played a key role at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium by taking three for 41 in an excellent bowling display that saw the bizhub Highveld Lions sadly bowled out for 237 in 49.4 overs.
Opener Malan then hit 89 (111 balls, 12 fours), which was followed by a composed unbeaten 80 (111 balls, 6 fours) from Duminy as the visitors eased to victory with 17 balls remaining.
It was an excellent result for the Cape side and ensued they remained joint-top of the table with the Multiply Titans, on whom they inflicted a first defeat just two days earlier.
Rassie van der Dussen top-scored with 65 (71 balls, 7 fours).
Dwaine Pretorius (45) and Dominic Hendricks (40) made good starts, while Mangaliso Mosehle (27) and Hardus Viljoen (21 not out) also chipped in without failing to kick on.
It meant the bizhub Highveld Lions limped to a below-par total with two wickets each also for Rory Kleinveldt and Mthiwekhaya Nabe – both ending with two for 41.
A brisk 40 off 27 balls from Richard Levi set the tone for the visitors. Beuran Hendricks (2/40) collected tidy figures but there was also no stopping Malan and Duminy from stealing the win for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras