Kyle Abbott picked up eight wickets in the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras second innings to seal a spectacular upset victory over the home side at Sahara Park Newlands on Saturday. The visitors clinched a 15-run win in thrilling fashion.
Abbott’s eight-wicket haul in the second innings outshone Beuran Hendricks’ five-for in the first innings for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras as the latter suffered back-to-back defeats while the Sunfoil Dolphins bagged only their second win of the season.
The match had been an up-and-down affair on all three days with the Sunfoil Dolphins being all out for 174 in their first innings, after a magical spell from Hendricks which saw him pick up five wickets while the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras were shaky in their reply.
Divan van Wyk scored a gritty 92 off 161 to help the Sunfoil Dolphins save some face in their first innings, while his teammates stuttered around him.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras first innings reply was equally shaky, though, with not a single player managing to score more than 36 as the hosts were bundled out for 206 as Abbott bagged four sticks.
The Sunfoil Dolphins' second innings then got off to a similar start to their first as they lost a couple of quick wickets, but Jonathan Vandiar this time steadied the ship with 78 off 139 balls, including a fighting 84-run partnership with Daryn Smit.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras bowlers were made to toil as they had to come out on Saturday to get the last Sunfoil Dolphins wicket and it was Hendricks who did it, bowling Keshav Maharaj early in the morning to bundled the visitors out for 214.
Openers Andrew Puttick and Alistair Gray both fell cheaply, with neither of them managing more than five runs. Stiaan van Zyl and Justin Ontong then combined for 55-run partnership, coming off just 8.5 overs, before Ontong was dismissed getting a leading edge to mid-off off Kyle Abbott and the Cobras were 71-3.
Van Zyl looked steady, but he top edged a slower ball straight to mid-on and was sent on his way for 40 off 37 balls.
Dane Vilas lasted just two balls before Abbot picked up his fourth wicket and the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras were in a spot of bother at 82-5.
The hosts went to lunch on 105-5, still 78 runs short of the winning total with Qaasim Adams and Justin Kemp at the crease, but a tense session beckoned for both sides. After the break, Adams departed early as tension continued to mount with the 28-year-old cutting at a wider ball, only to be caught, to gift Abbott his five-wicket haul.
Kemp followed after scoring 29 off 31 balls as Abbott continued to rattle the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras and the former skipper was bowled with his side still needing 54 runs.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras still remain on top of the table, though, but only just. They are 0.18 points ahead of the Chevrolet Warriors who wrapped up a 10-wicket win over the Chevrolet Knights in Bloemfontein.
Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras: Alistair Gray, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Justin Ontong, Qaasim Adams, Dane Vilas, Justin Kemp, Johann Louw, Dane Piedt, Beuran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams
Sunfoil Dolphins: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo, Daryn Smit, Kyle Abbott, Calvin Savage, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi