Lizaad Williams and George Linde took three wickets apiece to give the Cape Cobras the dominant day they needed to re-ignite their Sunfoil Series campaign on a truncated first day of their match against the Warriors at St. George’s Park. After Dane Paterson’s early burst had put a dent in the Chevrolet Warriors’ top order, Williams and Linde chipped away at the middle order to bowl the Warriors out for 203, before the Cobras reached 11/0 in reply. The Warriors came into the game in good form, but the Nashua Cape Cobras took advantage of winning the toss as Paterson (2/32) used some early movement to have both Michael Price and Jon-Jon Smuts caught behind the wicket in the opening seven overs.
Although David White rode out the initial storm and progressed to a top score of 38, he edged behind off Linde before Justin Kemp grabbed the big wicket of Colin Ingram when the Warriors captain edged to second slip. Ryan Bailey was the next to go as he was trapped lbw by Williams for 37, and the hosts’ inability to get a partnership going continued as left-hand batsman Gionne Koopman (21) and Andrew Birch fell to Linde (3/56) in the space of three deliveries.
Williams (3/64) was rewarded for another fine spell that spanned the tea break when he trapped Ayabulela Gqamane lbw just before the break, and then bowled Simon Harmer for 33 in the third over after the interval. Bad light held up play in the 70th over of the innings, but conditions improved sufficiently for the Warriors’ final pair to return to the middle and complete a 53-run partnership that gave them something to bowl at, with Sisanda Magala scoring 32 and No. 11 Basheeru-Deen Walters contributing 24 not out.
The Cobras were left with five overs to negotiate before stumps, and Richard Levi (four) and Omphile Ramela (five) successfully negotiated them to set the visitors up for an important second day.