Cape Town – Dane Paterson bowled one of the great death overs
of his career to earn the Cape Cobras a thrilling
five-run victory over the Highveld Lions to complete an
outstanding opening weekend of the CSA T20 Challenge
at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
The Lions entered the final over, needing just 8
runs for victory with five wickets in hand although neither of their
batsmen at the crease, Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorius, had faced a
ball at that stage.
Paterson conceded only two runs off his final six
balls and took three wickets, one of them as the result of a direct hit
run out to remove Mulder. If one also takes in account the fact that he
hit the final ball of the Cobras innings
for a six, then his contribution was immense.
Other key contributions for the Cobras came from
the partnership of 58 of just 34 balls between Vernon Philander and
Remarkably both sides had 104 runs on the board
with six overs left in their innings and in the end this partnership
plus Paterson’s final ball six proved just sufficient.
The Lions reply was set up by an entertaining
innings of 69 off 43 balls with three fours and four sixes by Ryan
Rickelton who confirmed the favourable impression he made in the Mzansi
Super League earlier in the season.
It also served to highlight one of the important
by-products of this competition to provide opportunities for fringe
franchise players. The 22-year-old Rickelton was one such example as was
the 23-year-old Marques Ackerman in the Dolphins victory over the Knights on Saturday evening.
Paterson was named bowler of the match and the batting award went to Philander.
The competition continues on Tuesday when the Knights take on the Warriors at Kimberley’s Diamond Oval.