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Langeveldt leads Cobras to Pro20 glory

Three wickets from Charl Langeveldt saw the Nashua Cape Cobras clinch a 22-run victory over the Gestetner Diamond Eagles in the Standard Bank Pro20 final.

Chasing 148 for victory the Eagles finished on 125 for eight after they began the penultimate over of their innings needing 31 runs for victory.

Experienced seamer Charl Langeveldt then took two wickets in two balls to snuff out the Eaglesí challenge as he claimed figures of three for 20 off four overs.

The Eagles had slipped to 19 for two in the third over, with opening bowlers Rory Kleinveldt and Langeveldt picking up the wickets to fall.

Boeta Dippenaar (19) and Dean Elgar then took the Eaglesí total to 56 in the tenth over before Dippenaar tried to hit left-arm spinner Claude Henderson over long-off but found the safe hands of Graeme Smith instead.

Elgar took his score to 34 off 30 balls before he pulled a delivery from seamer Vernon Philander to Langeveldt at mid-wicket to leave the Eagles on 88 for five in the 15th over with the visiting side still needing 60 runs to win off only 33 balls.

Dillon du Preez struck a few lusty blows on his way to 26 off 15 balls before he became Langeveldtís third victim.

Langeveldt received good support from Philander who finished with three for 17 off three overs.

Earlier Herschelle Gibbs held his teamís innings together with a half-century as the Cobras totalled 147 for five.

Gibbs carried his bat to end on 87 not out off 62 balls with seven fours and four sixes.

The Cobras had looked in danger of posting a low score but Gibbs and Philander blasted 29 runs off the last two overs of their teamís innings, with Gibbs contributing 24 of the runs, to give the Cobrasí bowlers a decent total to defend.

After winning the toss and electing to bat the Cobras were 29 for two in five overs with Smith and JP Duminy the batsmen dismissed.

The loss of the early wickets slowed the Cobras' scoring and they struggled to 55 for two halfway through their allotted overs.

A 40-run third-wicket partnership off 37 balls between Gibbs and Justin Ontong (21) began to give the Cobrasí innings some impetus before Ontong chanced his arm once too often and was caught at mid-off by Ryan Bailey off the part-time spin of Elgar.

Gibbs then marshalled the strike as he, almost single-handedly, helped the Cobras to a competitive total.

Seamer Shadley van Schalkwyk was the pick of the Eagles bowlers as he claimed two for 24 while left-arm swing bowler Jandre Coetzee collected two for 29.

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