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Puttick, Malan and Piedt shine for Cobras

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Impressive performances with the bat by Andrew Puttick and Pieter Malan as well as a fine bowling display by Dane Piedt gave the Cobras the edge in their pre-season fixture against the Warriors that was played at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Saturday and Sunday.  The two-day match ended in a draw.

The Warriors, who were sent into bat, made a solid start and progressed to 112/2 but Dane Piedt (4/24 in 10 overs) restricted the visitors to 221 (all out).  The experience Puttick (100; 170 balls, 1x6, 12 x4) grafted for an impressive century and together with Malan (72; 149 balls, 1x6, 9x4) posted an opening stand of 170 (280 balls).  Jason Smith (55) contributed with a well-played half century before the Cobras declared their first innings at 354/7 for a first innings lead of 133.  Anrich Nortje (2/31) and Sisanda Magala (2/62) were the pick of the Warriors bowlers.

The Warriors were at 96/2 in their second innings at the end of play.  Edward Moore was unbeaten on 53* (76 balls; 1x6, 9x4).

The players will have a rest day on Monday with the second two-day friendly taking place on Tuesday (12th) and Wednesday (13th).

Summarised scorecard:

WARRIORS 1ST innings 221m(Matthew Breetzke 48, Sisanda Magala 40*, Gihan Cloete 37, Dane Paterson 2/14, Dane Piedt 4/24) and 2nd innings 96/2 (Edward Moore 53*) . CAPE COBRAS 1ST innings 354/7 (declared) Andrew Puttick 100, Pieter Malan 72, Jason Smith 55, Anrich Nortje 2/31, Sisanda Magala 2/62.