Cobras edge Titans in Newlands thriller

Cape Town - A 69-run eighth wicket stand between George Linde and Rory Kleinveldt helped the Cape Cobras record a thrilling one-wicket win over the Titans in their One-Day Cup encounter at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.

The pair came together with their side seemingly headed for defeat on 182 for seven chasing a target of 271.

But veteran Kleinveldt blasted 45 off 36 balls and Linde hit a more measured unbeaten 39 off 38 deliveries as the hosts won with three deliveries to spare.

The result ensured they completed the double over the defending champions having beaten them in Centurion last Friday, with the latest result also propelling them level with the Dolphins on 18 points at the top of the table.

The Cobras had lost the toss at the start and saw the Titans post a useful 270 for seven in their 50 overs.

This was thanks to three half-centuries from Heinrich Klaasen (86 off 96 balls, 11 fours, 1 six), Rivaldo Moonsamy (79 off 103 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) and Farhaan Behardien (62 off 56 balls, 4 fours, 1 six).

Dane Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with three for 51.

The home side then looked well on their way for victory after reaching the 30th over on 152 for two after good contributions by Pieter Malan (62 off 68 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) and Simon Khomari (60 off 80 balls, 8 fours).

But Tabraiz Shamsi ran through the middle order with three for 66 putting the away side on course for victory.

Kleinveldt and Linde then dug deep, before the former became one of two wickets for Malusi Siboto (2/53) leaving the home side on 267 for nine.

But Linde and Mthiwekhaya Nabe held their nerve to secure the win.