The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras romped to a resounding 10-wicket victory against the Chevrolet Knights in their final Sunfoil Series match of the season at Chevrolet Park on Saturday.
The hosts resumed on 60 for four in their second innings on Saturday, an overall deficit of 165 runs. They launched a blistering counter-offensive in an attempt to unsettle the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras. They succeeded in smashing 167 runs, but lost their remaining six wickets.
The Chevrolet Knights were dismissed for 227 just prior to the lunch interval.
In the first over after lunch Richard Levi hit a boundary through the covers to complete an emphatic ten-wicket win for the visitors. The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras earned 20.06 bonus points through their efforts. These points were true bonuses, as the first aim, to win the Sunfoil Series trophy, was achieved on Friday.
“We had two do-or-die games at the back-end of the competition. The key was to graft and to respect partnerships. Stiaan van Zyl was a massive factor for us with his two centuries in the final two games,” said Paul Adams, the Cobras coach.
“The team knuckled down in the final two games and showed a lot of character,” he added.
“We had a special blend of youth and experience. The seasoned campaigners deserve credit for creating an environment in which the young players could perform and be comfortable,” he added.
“The Cobras performed like true champions. We went to lunch on 80 for one on Thursday, but they dominated every subsequent session,” said Sarel Cilliers, the Knights coach.
“We needed to convert good starts into centuries, but didn’t achieve that. Levi and Stiaan (van Zyl) showed us the way by scoring tons,” added Cilliers.