Collingwood's poor run continues as Cobras maul Impi in T20 challenge

The New Age Impi, led by former England captain Paul Collingwood, suffered their third loss on the trot when they lost to the Western Cape Cobras by 40 runs Getty Images

JOHANNESBURG: Feb 24, 2012

Former England one-day international skipper Paul Collingwood flopped with the bat again as newcomers The New Age Impi suffered a 40-run loss to leaders Western Cape Cobras Wednesday in the South African T20 Challenge.

Dismissed for four on his debut last Friday, Collingwood hit just one run from three balls before being caught by South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher off the bowling of Dane Piedt at Boland Park in Paarl.

Fellow Englishman Luke Wright (15) fared best among the Impi ‘imports’ with Ryan ten Doeschate from the Netherlands sharing a similar fate to Collingwood — out for one after being trapped leg before by Alistair Gray.

Collingwood (0-14), Wright (0-31) and Australian Ben Edmondson (0-40) had no joy with the ball either and the Impi star was opener Khayelihle Zondo with an unbeaten 100 off 63 deliveries.

But his ton was in vain as the Impi never looked like overtaking the Cobras, who posted a formidable 211-4 with Dane Vilas (57), Stiaan van Zyl (55) and undefeated Vernon Philander (45) leading the run charge.

Impi, bankrolled by Johannesburg newspaper The New Age, coached by former South Africa assistant Vincent Barnes and captained by Collingwood, made 171-6 in reply as they suffered a third straight loss within six days.

Highveld Lions won by eight wickets at Eastern Cape Warriors and Coastal Dolphins by eight runs at Central Knights to maintain perfect records in the competition and they lie second and third on the standings. (AFP)