The Cape Cobras’ Sunfoil Series woes deepened on Monday as Tabraiz Shamsi’s five-wicket haul saw them spun out for 107 and made to follow on by the Titans at Willowmoore Park. After wrapping up the Titans innings for 362 in the morning, the Cobras were bowled out inside 35 overs with Shamsi taking 5/22 and Chris Morris contributing 3/13, before reaching stumps on 122/2 in their second innings. Shamsi worked his way into the Titans side by bowling Easterns to victory over Free State with figures of 9/87 last week, and he replicated that form for his franchise on the second day.
The Cobras could have felt relatively pleased at grabbing the last three Titans wickets for the addition of just 18 runs at the start of the day thanks to Lizaad Williams (4/47) and Dane Paterson (3/88), with the former ending Morris’ entertaining knock on 86. But Simon Khomari and Omphile Ramela fell to the new ball, before the Cobras crashed to 64/5? as they lost a further three wickets for two runs in 12 balls before lunch. There was another brutal collapse just five overs into the second session as Shamsi’s double-strike saw the visitors lose 3/10 in 10 deliveries, and Shamsi went on to grab the final two wickets soon after to complete his 14th five-wicket bag in first-class cricket.
The Cobras made a much brighter start to their second dig with Khomari and Andrew Puttick putting on 71 for the first wicket. And, although Khomari and Ramela fell in the space of three overs, Puttick reached the close of play on 57 and Justin Ontong was not out on 26, giving the Cobras some hope of overhauling the 133-run deficit on day three.