Langeveldt secures dramatic tie
Charl Langeveldt took three wickets in the last over as the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Nashua Cape Cobras played out a dramatic tie in their Standard Bank Pro20 match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.
Chasing 155 to win the Lions began the last over of their innings needing eight runs for victory.
Seamer Langeveldt bowled a dot ball first up and then claimed the wicket of danger-man Alviro Petersen, caught at long-on by Justin Ontong.
Petersen was out for 61 off 50 balls and the Cobras were back in the match. Dane Vilas then hit the third ball over cover-point for six to leave the Lions needing two runs to win off three balls.
The Lions tied the scores with two balls of the over remaining before Langeveldt had Werner Coetsee caught behind by wicket-keeper Andrew Puttick. Langeveldt then clean bowled Cliffe Deacon with the last ball of the match to leave the Lions on 154 for six to secure the tie.
Langeveldt finished the match with figures of three for 21 off four overs.
The Lions had looked in control of the match after Neil McKenzie and Petersen had put on 56 runs for the second wicket off 47 balls.
The pair looked settled at the crease before McKenzie played a delivery to JP Duminy in the covers. McKenzie ran but Petersen did not and McKenzie could not get back into his crease in time as he was run-out for 35 off 26 balls.
Petersen and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (25) then added 54 runs for the third wicket in six overs before Van Jaarsveld tried to hit seamer Rory Kleinveldt out of the ground only to be caught by Ontong at long-off.
Van Jaarsveld’s dismissal left the Lions on 135 for three but in charge of the match before Langeveldt’s last over heroics.
Earlier a half-century from Duminy helped the Cobras to 154 for six after they had been put into bat by the Lions.
Duminy came to the wicket with the Cobras on four for one and he got off the mark with a four through mid-wicket.
The left-handed Duminy then held his team’s innings together as he brought up his sixth half-century in 20-overs cricket before being caught by Cliffe Deacon on the mid-wicket boundary off the bowling of seamer Andre Nel.
Duminy fell for 56 off 44 balls in the 18th over with the Cobras total on 124 for five before Richard Levi took to the Lions’ bowlers as he belted 32 not out off 17 balls to take the Cobras total over the 150 mark.
The Cobras made a nervous start after being put into bat as they scored 25 runs for the loss of two wickets off five overs. After ten overs the visiting side had crawled to 50 for three.
The fall of the third wicket brought Ontong to the crease and he and Duminy provided their team’s innings with some much needed momentum as they brought up their 50 partnership off 25 balls.
With the total on 102 Ontong fell when he had a wild swing at a delivery from fast bowler Craig Alexander and sliced the ball down to Werner Coetsee at third man.
Ontong was out for 33 of 21 balls with three fours and two sixes and he added 58 runs with Duminy for the fourth wicket.
For the Lions Alexander took two for 30 while off spinner Coetsee claimed two for 33.