AB de Villiers notched up a ton upon his return for the Nashua Titans while Dale Steyn picked up five wickets for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras as the visitors scored 241-9 in 50 overs in their Momentum One Day Cup semi-final at Sahara Park Newlands on Sunday.
The Cobras won the toss and chose to bowl first with a whole host of Proteas back in the side. Steyn, Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson all returned with Alistair Gray, Lizaad Williams and Charl Langeveldt dropping out whole Proteas Test skipper Graeme Smith was forced to sit out after being injured in training on Friday.
Steyn struck early for the home side, dismissing both Henry Davids and Heino Kuhn in quick succession, leaving the Titans in a spot of bother at 18-2 after 4.2 overs.
The returning Jacques Rudolph stuck around and chipped in with 24 off
32 before he was run out, attempting a quick single, but Dane Vilas reacted quickly and Rudolph’s bails were broken before he could make it back to the crease.
De Villiers and Farhaan Berhadien then combined for 120-run partnership with the Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman playing a magnificent knock of 107 off 123 before he was run out by Justin Ontong in the 43rd over. Behardien stuck around to add 47 off 68 before he became Steyn’s fourth wicket.
The Titans’ tail failed to make any impact and stuttered towards the end, finishing on 241-9 while Steyn ended on figures of 10-0-45-5.
Cobras: Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas, Yaseen Vallie, Justin Ontong, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Dale Steyn, Johann Louw
Titans: Henry Davids, Heino Kuhn, Jacques Rudolph, AB de Villiers, Martin van Jaarsveld, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Morne Morkel, Eden Links, Tumi Masekela