Charl Langeveldt took four wickets in five balls to set the Nashua Cape Cobras en route to a thrilling one-wicket victory over the Gestetner Diamond Eagles in their table-topping Standard Bank Pro20 scrap at Newlands on Friday.
Langeveldt finished with incredible figures of five for 16 from four overs, helping the Cobras to restrict the Eagles to 127 for seven. He was also at the non-striker's end as the last man in as Ryan Canning smote a four and single off the first two balls of the final over of the match from Roger Telemachus to give the Cobras a one-wicket win with four balls remaining.
The thrilling victory in another heart-stopping Standard Bank Pro20 match means the Cobras are certain of home field advantage for the playoffs and the inside straight on one of the two South African places in an international Pro20 shootout for a US$1-million prize.
Langeveldt turned the game in the Cobras' favour in the 19th over after his team had asked the Eagles to bat. Top scorers Morné van Wyk (43) and Dean Elgar (33) had just blasted Vernon Philander for 20 in the previous over when Langeveldt was brought back into the attack.
The pair fell in successive balls as Elgar top-edged to mid-on and Van Wyk edged to the keeper.
Roger Telemachus's attempt to restart the innings was ended following a single when he lost his off-stump to the unstoppable Langeveldt, who dismissed Adrian McLaren, lbw, with his very next ball. That means he is on a hat-trick - yet again - when he bowls his first ball in the Cobras' next match.
Dillon du Preez smashed 15 in the final over to lift the Eagles to a semi-respectable total but Langeveldt's four wickets - to add to the wicket of Riley Rossouw at the top of the innings - prevented the Eagles soaring towards the 150 mark.
A 53-run third-wicket partnership between Herschelle Gibbs (21) and top scorer Stiaan van Zyl (30) put the Cobras in sight of victory at 75 for two before spinner Thandi Tshabalala introduced a serious mid-innings wobble.
He took three wickets in the space of 11 balls to plunge the Cobras into crisis at 100 for five, dismissing both Gibbs and Van Zyl as well as the dangerous Tyron Henderson (21).
Henderson fell as he went for a third six off Tshabalala over long on but the impetus he gave the innings allowed the tail to nudge and scamper their way to the 28 they needed off the final six overs.