Cobras Still In The Game

Cape Cobras seamers, Dane Paterson and Travis Muller, took three wickets apiece to limit the Knights to a negligible first-innings lead and set up a fascinating Sunfoil Series battle at the Diamond Oval.  The Chevrolet Knights were poised for a reasonable advantage when they bowled the Cobras out for 294 and then reached 264/6 in reply, but Paterson pulled off a crucial run-out and then grabbed a brace of wickets to level the game up.  With Muller bowling Duanne Olivier off what proved to be the final ball of the day, the Knights were dismissed for 304 to set up a second-innings shootout over the last two days.

Muller and Paterson were also responsible for a crucial 10th-wicket partnership of 43 that carried the Nashua Cape Cobras to a more competitive total.  The visitors resumed on 251/9, and set the tone for a positive day as Muller scored 15 and Paterson 27 not out before Shadley Van Schalkwyk (3/59) cleaned up the former batsman to bring the innings to a close.  Muller then struck early to remove the dangerous Reeza Hendricks, while Beuran Hendricks accounted for Tumelo Bodibe and Gihahn Cloete (47).

With Paterson dismissing Rudi Second and Muller grabbing a second scalp in Obus Pienaar, the Knights were in trouble at 117/5 but Pite Van Biljon’s 55 pulled them back into the game before Werner Coetsee (74) and Van Schalkwyk (62) edged them in front.  Coetsee and Van Schalkwyk had added 82 for the seventh wicket when Paterson ran out the Knights skipper, and five overs later the Cobras paceman trapped Van Schalkwyk lbw to open up the tail.  Another blow for Paterson gave him figures of 3/53, while Muller had 3/58 after the Olivier dismissal.