Richard Levi scored an important 30-ball 42 © AFP (File Photo)
Richard Levi scored an important 30-ball 42 © AFP (File Photo)

By Shiamak Unwalla

Sep 21, 2014

Richard Levi, Robin Peterson, and Vernon Philander played valuable innings to help boost Cape Cobras to a commanding score against Hobart Hurricanes in the sixth match of the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 at Hyderabad.

Ben Hilfenhaus started in excellent fashion, getting rid of Hashim Amla with a brilliant in-swinging yorker that took the middle stump out of the ground in his first over. Omphile Ramela showed remarkable guts and smacked Bollinger for two sixes and a four before being cleaned up by Doug Bollinger trying to go for another shot.

Around this time, Richard Levi started to find his groove. He was on three off 10 balls at one point before he cut loose. It started with back-to-back boundaries off Xavier Doherty. He proceeded to hit Ben Hilfenhaus for three more boundaries in the very next over before mis-hitting Joe Mennie for six over long-off. Just when he was starting to look ominous, he swatted a slower ball from Ben Laughlin to Mennie in the deep on the leg side to be dismissed for a 30-ball 42.

None of the Cobras’ batsmen were able to replicate Levi’s efforts. Dane Vilas, Justin Ontong, and Sybrand Engelbrecht were all dismissed for paltry scores. Robin Peterson and Vernon Philander played with the freedom afforded to the tail as they amassed an invaluable 52 runs off just 24 balls at the death.

Earlier, Cape Cobras won the toss and elected to bat first. Rory Kleinveldt, Justin Kemp and Stiaan van Zyl were replaced by Richard Levi, Sybrand Engelbrecht and Dane Piedt in the playing XI for Cape Cobras. Meanwhile, Joe Mennie, Xavier Doherty and Ben Laughlin got to play a game.

Brief scores:

Cape Cobras 184 for 6 in 20 overs (Richard Levi 42, Vernon Philander 32*; Ben Laughlin 2 for 31, Ben Hilfenhaus 2 for 49) vs Hobart Hurricanes.

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Complete coverage of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 here

(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with CricketCountry. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time)