Saturday 24 September 2011 

Gibbs Sets Up Cobras Win Over Blues

Gibbs Sets Up Cobras Win Over Blues
Gibbs Sets Up Cobras Win Over Blues
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Cape Cobras 136-3 (Gibbs 55, Levi 43) beat
New South Wales 135-8 (Watson 34) by 7 wickets
Champions League Twenty20, Chennai

The Cape Cobras made it two wins in as many matches for South African sides at the Champions League Twenty20 by beating New South Wales by seven wickets in Chennai.

On a two-paced pitch, they were indebted to a half-century from Herschelle Gibbs, who made 55 as they chased down the Blues' inadequate target of 136.

Gibbs faced 47 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes and the sting was taken out of New South Wales by his opening partnership with Richard Levi, who hit 43 in just 27 deliveries; the pair of them putting on 88 inside ten overs for the first wicket.

Owais Shah (3) was the only other man to fall while unbeaten were JP Duminy (14) and Justin Ontong (11) to take the South African champions home with 16 balls to spare.

Shane Watson had earlier given New South Wales a strong start by making 34 in 29 balls and both David Warner (20 in 13) and Daniel Smith (24 in 16) were able to take advantage of some poor fielding early on.

However, the Cobras hit back, Charl Langeveldt and Vernon Philander leading the way with two wickets apiece to restrict the New South Wales team to a score of 135 for eight that never really looked like being enough.

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