The Nashua Cape Cobras escaped with a nail biting 4-run victory in their Standard Bank Pro 20 match against the Chevrolet Warriors at Newlands thanks to superb death bowling by two veterans and a century by Henry Davids.
Davids smashed an undefeated 112 off 48 balls, with seven fours and nine sixes to power the Cobras to 207/2, but his ton, only the second one scored in Standard Bank Pro 20-cricket on South African soil, was almost not enough.
The Warriors nearly chased down the total, but was thwarted by the experience of the two veteran bowlers Charl Langeveldt and Claude Henderson and finished with a superb 203/5 in front of a crowd of 12 000 spectators.
Robin Peterson, with 51 off 29 balls, with six fours and three sixes, gave the Warriors a perfect platform as they moved to 81/1 after 10 overs.
Colin Ingram then hammered 84 off 52 balls, with five fours and five sixes, while Davey Jacobs continued his super hot batting form with 49 off 27 balls, contributing three fours and three sixes.
But Langeveldt and Henderson kept their heads in the final two overs when the Warriors were threatening to wrestle the game from them with Ingram and Jacobs in scintillating form.
Langeveldt had Ingram caught by Kleinveldt in the penultimate over and bowled Jacobs with the very next delivery, with the score on 192.
The Warriors had to score fourteen runs in the final over, delivered by the left-arm spinner Henderson. The wily spinner conceded only 9 runs and Craig Thyssen caught by Vernon Philander for 7 to restrict the Warriors to 203/5.
After Peterson was caught near the midwicket-boundary by Stiaan van Zyl off the part-time spinner Derek Brand for 51, Davey Jacobs kept up the pressure on the attack by launching into Justin Ontong and hitting 20 runs in his first over.
Jacobs and Ingram had a lot of boundary hitting to do, as 67 runs were needed for victory in the final five overs.
Ingram launched into Philander and deposited him for two straight sixes. They collected 22 runs in Philander’s fourth over to diminish the target rapidly.
Langeveldt finished with 2/30 in four overs, while Kleinveldt took 1/36 in four overs.
Earlier, Davids also equalled the fastest century in the competition. He needed only 41 balls for his ton and scored seven fours and eight sixes in his century.
Derek Brand, in his first-ever game for the Cobras, slammed 68 runs off 50 balls, with eight fours and two sixes and added 116 runs off 63 balls for the second wicket with Davids.
Juan Theron, with 1/29 in four overs, was the pick of the bowling attack, while Justin Kreusch took 1/23 in two overs.