Protea discards Charl Langeveldt and Herschelle Gibbs steered the Nashua Cape Cobras to an impressive 11-run victory over the Nashua Dolphins in a Standard Bank Pro20 match at a cool and blustery Newlands on Wednesday.
Brilliant death bowling by Charl Langeveldt who finished with four for 26 from his four overs built on brilliant work with the bat by Herschelle Gibbs whose 42-ball 60 saved an innings that otherwise meandered to 143 for six.
The Dolphins had been going well at 96 for three with five overs remaining when the turning point in their innings came with the dismissal of opener Imraan Khan.
He fell to the canny left-arm spin of captain Con de Lange having just reached his maiden Pro20 half-century from 54 balls before steering the ball into the hands of that man Gibbs in the covers.
Jon Kent smashed a six off the first ball of the 17 over to reduce the asking rate to 29 from 16 balls but Charl Langeveldt took the wickets of Grant Rowley and Morné van Vuuren with successive deliveries to tilt the game decisively in the Cobras’ direction.
Vernon Philander conceded only seven off the penultimate over to leave the Dolphins requiring 19 from the final over and although the impressive Kent finished with 46 not out from 32 balls, Langeveldt claimed two more wickets to round off a fine evening for the home team.
The target had been largely posted by dropped Proteas star Herschelle Gibbs who took out his frustrations on the Nashua Dolphins attack.
He powered to a quickfire 60 in the Cape Cobras 143 for six after being left bizarrely kicking his heels in the dug out for four overs while rising young star Richard Levi had a taste opening the batting in Pro20.
Levi looks a fine prospect - and smashed all Jacques Kallis's batting records at Wynberg Boys' High - but he scratched around for four overs before being caught behind for four.
That opened the way for Gibbs to stride to the wicket and pull the Dolphins apart hitting seven fours and two sixes in his 42 ball innings. Andrew Puttick made 36 in 40 balls and Rory Kleinveldt hit two late sixes in his seven-ball 15 to lift the score beyond the Dolphins’ reach.