The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras powered their way to a convincing nine-wicket RAM SLAM T20 Challenge victory over the Sunfoil Dolphins in front of a large and enthusiastic Sahara Park Newlands crowd on Sunday. Richard Levi was in devastating form, powering his way to an unbeaten 80 to lead his team home.
Daryn Smit won the toss and took first use of a slowish pitch. His team got off to a poor start under a blazing late summer sun, losing the top three for just 22. Ravi Bopara was instrumental in the recovery, racing to 60 off 44 balls with three sixes and three fours. He was assisted by Vaughn van Jaarsveld in a partnership of 84 for the fourth wicket, a new Sunfoil Dolphins record.
It might have been an abject disaster for the Sunfoil Dolphins had the match not been televised, as Van Jaarsveld was bowled by Beuran Hendricks for ten only to be recalled as third umpire Karl Hurter ruled the delivery a no-ball.
Charl Langeveldt and Hendricks each took two wickets, again impressing with their control of the new ball.
Johann Louw and Dane Piedt went wicket-less, but both were miserly in their spells.
Set to score 135 at just under seven to the over, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras lost Stiaan van Zyl as an early casualty.
After that, however, it was the Richard Levi show. The burly opener punished all the bowlers, with the possible exception of Prenelan Subrayen. He went to his fifty off just 31 balls, and finished unbeaten on 80 off 53 balls including seven fours and three huge sixes. This was his highest score in a domestic Twenty20 match.
Vilas was much in his shadow, but dominated more as the finishing line came into view. He also played some delightful shots, finishing on 43 off 37 balls. Their unbroken partnership added 115 off 77 balls.
Unsurprisingly, Levi was named as RAM SLAMMER for his dominating innings, while Piedt's economy earned him the title of RAM Deliverer of the Day.