The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras romped to an emphatic 10-wicket win against the Chevrolet Knights in a Momentum One-Day Cup match at Boland Park in Paarl on Sunday, courtesy of a Justin Kemp-inspired bowling performance and a typical quick-fire half-century by Richard Levi.
Kemp captured 4-20 in ten overs in conditions conducive to swing bowling and received superb support from Charl Langeveldt and Johann Louw.
Langeveldt swung the ball prodigiously to finish with 2-17 while Louw bowled a superb line in taking 2-13.
They dismissed the Chevrolet Knights for 94, their lowest ever total in List A matches.
Levi and Andrew Puttick were off to a rollicking start and moved to 95 without loss in 10.3 overs to ensure a bonus-point win for the hosts.
They were clinical and relentless in their pursuit of the low target. Levi finished on an unbeaten 52 off 33 deliveries with eight fours and two sixes. Puttick scored 35 off thirty balls with six boundaries.
The opening bowlers, Johann van der Wath and Ryan McLaren, were guilty of over-using the bouncer or straying down the leg-side.
Levi smashed two leg-side sixes and also punished young fast bowler Duanne Olivier for 23 runs in his two overs.
Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of Levi’s knock was that he attempted to be more orthodox in his batting approach and scored several boundaries through cover or straight drives.
The Chevrolet Knights won the toss and elected to bat.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras used early conditions conducive to swing and seam bowling perfectly as they swung the ball late and also got the ball to nip away and back off the seam.
It required a patient performance by one of the top-order batsmen, but Langeveldt, Kemp and Louw did not allow any member of the batting order to settle in.
Langeveldt removed Michael Erlank (0) and Ryan Bailey (1) with excellent late swing in his first spell to leave the visitors tottering on the brink at 14 for three after seven overs.
Werner Coetsee failed to latch on to a long hop by Louw and cut it aerially to Justin Ontong at point, departing for 3.
Kemp swung the ball into the left-handers through the air and also got the ball to nip away off the seam to rock the middle-order. He had Rilee Rossouw caught at first slip by Andrew Puttick for sixteen in his first over. In his next over Obus Pienaar departed for 7 after another one nipped back, and Dane Villas completed a sensational diving catch from a nick off the inside-edge. That left the Knights on 34 for five.
Kemp continued to press and reduced the visitors to 48 for six when Nicky Bojé edged a wide delivery to Villas with his score on 8. McLaren was run out in the same over after a horrible mix-up with Van der Wath.
Van der Wath and Shadley van Schalkwyk added 36 in ten overs for the eighth wicket to push the Knights to 82 for seven before Kemp’s late in-drift accounted for Van der Wath. He was expertly caught by Villas off an inside-edge for 13.
Van Schalkwyk scored 29 off 54 deliveries with three boundaries before he was removed by the 19-year old debutant Lizaad Williams.
Villas was impressive behind the stumps and pulled off five catches.
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras: Justin Ontong (capt), Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Yaseen Vallie, Justin Kemp, Dane Villas, Alistair Gray, Johann Louw, Charl Langeveldt, Lizaad Williams.
Chevrolet Knights: Ryan McLaren (capt), Werner Coetsee, Michael Erlank, Rilee Rossouw, Ryan Bailey, Obus Pienaar, Nicky Bojé, Johann van der Wath, Duanne Olivier, Shadley van Schalkwyk, JPH Triegaardt.