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A career-best 83 by captain Lizaad Williams helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras establish marginal control over the Warriors after a rain shortened second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter at Buffalo Park in East London on Tuesday.

The fast bowler faced 131 balls and struck 10 fours and a six to beat his previous best mark of 53 against the Imperial Lions in Paarl two seasons back as the visitors amassed 333.

The hosts then lost two wickets in reply, before closing on 104 for two – still trailing by 229. Both teams will know that plenty of work still needs to be done in order to produce a result. After 79 overs were delivered on day one, day two yielded just 57 after rain forced an early lunch and early tea.

The Cobras, though, made good progress thanks to their captain, who moved them from 241 for eight overnight to 308 for nine in a fixture record ninth wicket stand with Nandre Burger (48).

The pair put on 125 together, before the captain was left stranded unbeaten at the end.

Tian Koekemoer was the pick of the bowlers with three for 64.

The Warriors then made a positive start to the reply as Eddie Moore (45) and Matthew Breetzke (40) put on 87 for the first wicket.

But Burger (1/31) and Thando Ntini (1/27) removed them late on to help the Cobras finish strongly.

Seamers Tian Koekemoer, Basheer Walters and Andrew Birch claimed two wickets each as the Warriors made a strong start to their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in East London on Monday.

Only one of the visiting batsmen managed to cross 40, with the men from the Mother City limping to an early stumps on 241 for eight at Buffalo Park.

Bad light meant that the full quota of overs was not possible with just 79 overs sent down and that was more than enough for the home side to take control of the contest.

This was after winning the toss and opting to bowl first in a match where they were again without regular captain Jon-Jon Smuts and Sisanda Magala due to national duty.

However, unlike last week where they made a poor start to the game against the VKB Knights, which proved detrimental in defeat, they were much better out of the blocks.

Birch (2/46) struck twice in the first session to leave the visitors on 69 for three.

One of his wickets was top-scorer David Bedingham (41), with Walters (2/43) also keeping things tight from the other end.

Koekemoer (2/43) then got into the action after lunch when he dismissed Kyle Verreynne (34) and George Linde (23) – the Cobras slipping to 158 for six.

Bowlers Lizaad Williams (35) and Nandre Burger (18) did go some way towards bringing respectability to the scorecard with a 58-run ninth-wicket stand, but the day still belonged to the Warriors.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fast bowler Lizaad Williams, has been named as stand-in captain for the 4 Day Domestic Series clash against the VKB Knights starting at Eurolux Boland Park on Thursday.

Pieter Malan, Dane Paterson, Zubayr Hamza and Vernon Philander were named in the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad for the first two Tests against England whilst Malan will join Dane Piedt, Nandre Burger and Kyle Verreynne in the SA ‘A’ team which will play England in a warm-up game in Benoni starting on Friday ahead of the First Test starting on December 26.

The call-ups have not only had an impact on player selection for this particular Cobras match, but also on the coaching staff, with Cobras assistant coach Faiek Davids taking charge of the Cobras this week in the absence of Ashwell Prince, who will be guiding the SA ‘A’ team against England.

“We’re looking forward to the dual against the Knights in Paarl. It’s obviously fantastic that a number of our players have been called up for higher honours, but it’s a great opportunity for guys who come in to stake a claim for spots whilst other players are away on national duty,” Davids stated.

WP trio Andre Malan, Qaasim Adams and Isaac Dikgale have also been included in the squad.

Williams is looking forward to leading the team out in the final match of 2019: “It’s a huge privilege and honour for me to be Captain of this amazing franchise. I hope that the things I’ve learned under the leadership of Dane Piedt and Pieter Malan will help me to succeed while they are away. It would be fantastic to end 2019 with a win to set us up nicely for the second half of the 4 Day campaign next year.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Lizaad Williams (Captain), Qaasim Adams, David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Isaac Dikgale, Simon Khomari, Matthew Kleinveldt, George Linde, Andre Malan, Janneman Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Jason Smith.

Centurions Janneman Malan and David Bedingham and strike bowler Tladi Bokako performed brilliantly in their first pre-season outdoor excursion for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Durban on Monday and Tuesday.

Bokako captured 5-44 in eleven overs and in tandem with Lizaad Williams (3-26 in eleven overs) had the top-order in disarray and limited the Dolphins to 173.

Malan scored an unbeaten 151, while Bedingham struck 101 and Ferisco Adams blasted 50. The new acquisitions threw their hat into the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras ring and stated their case to the selection committee.

“The new recruits put up their hands, gave themselves a sense of belonging and will draw confidence from this performance,” said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

“Janneman scored runs all around the wicket. He was strong on the on-side, handled the short ball well and also scored richly on the off-side. He is tailor-made for white-ball cricket, but look at his first-class record (1943 runs in 23 matches at an average of 55.51). He has a strike-rate of almost 70 (67.96),” Davids said.

Davids also said Bedingham had matured markedly from the last time he saw him. His game plans were clear and he struck the ball hard, the assistant coach added.

“Tladi and Lizaad were phenomenal and had them against the ropes on 20 for five. The wicket was a bit sticky with green patches and they kept the ball up to the bat. Tladi is a bundle of energy with good lines and lengths and he nipped it off the seam nicely. He is super fit.

“Lizzy was machine-like. He was steady and hit the seam regularly,” said Davids.

They restricted the Dolphins to 173 all out.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras batted at a rate of 4.3 per over and scored 362 for eight in 83.2 overs.

In the subsequent T20 match between KwaZulu-Natal and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, the latter scored 167 for eight thanks to a splendid 70 by Zubayr Hamza and 40 by Adams. The hosts were limited to 133 for six and the Cobras won by 34 runs.

Mthiwekhaya Nabe, who took 2-32 in the two-day game, captured 1-35 in four overs, but the pick was Williams, who nabbed 2-12 in three overs. Bokako ended with 1-22 in three overs. George Linde struck twice in his four overs which cost 26 runs.

It was the second outdoor training match of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and an encouraging early performance against a strong foe.

 

Lizaad Williams and Tshepo Moreki shared six wickets to put the BuildNat Cape Cobras on top after another shortened second day of their Sunfoil Series encounter against the Multiply Titans at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

After only 31 overs were sent down on day one due to bad light and rain, day two saw less than 60 overs bowled due to the weather as the visitors first shot out the hosts for 195, before then replying with 100/3 by stumps.

Williams, playing in his first match of the season, took 3/46, while fellow seamer Moreki ended with an even more impressive 3/37.

There were also two wickets for all-rounder Jason Smith (2/34) on a day when he also thrived with the bat thanks to an unbeaten 33.

Before that, though, the defending champions fell apart after losing their last seven wickets for 81.
Heinrich Klaasen contributed 52 (106 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) of those runs as the rest of his team-mates faltered around him with the home side rolled over in just 62.3 overs.

They did come out firing with the ball as Rowan Richards (2/16) struck twice and David Wiese (1/13) claimed one wicket that left the home visitors on 37/3.

But Smith and Justin Ontong (24 not out) shared a unbroken 63-run fourth wicket stand before bad light ended play early with the Cobras well positioned just 95 runs behind and with seven wickets in hand.