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RAM SLAM T20: Peterson clinches home Final for Cobras

Robin Peterson made a telling contribution on his return from Proteas duty as the Nashua Cape Cobras beat the Chevrolet Knights by eight runs at Chevrolet Park to wrap up their second RAM SLAM T20 home final in a row.

The Knights had made good early progress in their chase of 146 when Peterson was introduced, and he struck twice with his first 10 deliveries before going on to record figures of 3 for 21 as the Knights managed 137 for four in reply.

The Cobras opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the table as a result, and with just one game remaining they can no longer be caught.

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RAM SLAM T20: Dolphins finish on a winning note

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The bizhub Highveld Lions took too long to come to terms with the pace of the Chevrolet Park pitch and saw their bid to earn a RAM SLAM T20 home final dented as a result, as they went down to the Sunfoil Dolphins by five wickets.

While only Chris Morris (37) suggested that he was in tune with a sluggish surface as the Lions posted 121 for seven in the first game of Sunday’s triple-header, David Miller found support around him as the Dolphins coasted home with five balls to spare.

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RAM SLAM T20: Russell sets up bonus point win for Knights

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Andre Russell equalled the record for the fastest fifty in South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 history as the Chevrolet Knights beat the Sunfoil Dolphins with a bonus point at the Diamond Oval to sew up a playoff spot in the RAM SLAM T20 standings.

The Dolphins had needed to beat the Knights to keep third place within reach for the bottom three sides, but with the Knights winning by 39 runs the identity of the top three has now been confirmed.

All that is left is for the final placing to be decided during the last two game days.

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RAM SLAM T20: Rassie century edges out Titans

Rassie van der Dussen made the most of his opportunity to turn out for the bizhub Highveld Lions as he hit just the second century of the RAM SLAM T20 season, but The Unlimited Titans came within one hit of denying him victory as the hosts clinched a thrilling clash at Senwes Park by one run.

Van der Dussen has spent most of the campaign watching on from the sidelines as a successful Lions outfit remained largely unchanged, only filling in for an injured Chris Gayle in a couple of games - one of which brought him a sharp fifty.

However, on Friday he came in for Alviro Petersen to open the batting alongside Gayle, and duly hit an unbeaten 101 in 61 balls (2x4s, 8x6s) to carry the Lions to a total of 179 for three.

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RAM SLAM T20: Levi and Puttick set up bonus point win for Cobras

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A record partnership between Richard Levi and Andrew Puttick allowed the Nashua Cape Cobras to post a record score and maintain firm control of top spot in the RAM SLAM T20 with a bonus-point win over the Chevrolet Warriors.

Levi and Puttick put on an opening stand of 140 after the Cobras had been inserted by the Warriors, beating the previous best first-wicket partnership at St. George’s Park of 129 between Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince for the Warriors against the Lions in the 2009/10 season.

That Kallis-Prince alliance had created the highest score on the ground as the Warriors went on to amass 186 for two, but that was also improved by the Cobras as they racked up 187 for three.

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RAM SLAM T20: Rabada refreshes Lions attack

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Young quick, Kagiso Rabada, will make his first RAM SLAM T20 appearance this season as the bizhub Highveld Lions attempt to arrest their flagging form in the crucial last week of the competition.

Rabada has been allowed to rest by the Lions since he returned from representing the Proteas in a T20 series in Australia earlier this month, but will come back in for Friday’s clash against The Unlimited Titans at Senwes Park.

After winning their first five games in the tournament, the Lions have lost their last two and have surrendered first place in the standings.

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RAM SLAM T20: Dolphins enter last chance saloon

The Diamond Oval will be the equivalent of the Last Chance Saloon for the Sunfoil Dolphins on Friday when they attempt to take down the Chevrolet Knights, their closest rivals for a playoff spot in the RAM SLAM T20.

Although the Dolphins remained in fourth place after Wednesday’s defeat to the Titans, it left them five points behind the third-placed Knights, having played a game more.

Victory over the Knights is, therefore, non-negotiable if the defending champions are to stay in the tournament.

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RAM SLAM T20: Warriors can block Cobras' path to home final

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The Nashua Cape Cobras know that they must find the formula to crack the Chevrolet Warriors if they are to finish the RAM SLAM T20 round robin phase in the fashion required to secure a home final.

In a strange scheduling twist, the two sides will meet twice in six days over the last three rounds of the competition - first in a televised encounter at St. George’s Park on Friday night; then in Paarl on Wednesday.

The Cobras currently lead the table by two points with three games to play, but face a Warriors side that has found form in the second half of the tournament, and which will be motivated by the need for three straight victories to stay in the running for the playoffs.

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RAM SLAM T20: Titans dent Dolphins' title defence

Qaasim Adams hit a career-best 76 to put a major dent in the Sunfoil Dolphins’ bid to defend their RAM SLAM T20 crown, as The Unlimited Titans registered a 19-run victory at Sahara Park Willowmoore.

Adams came to the crease with the Titans struggling on 17 for two in the fourth over, and with high winds from surrounding thunderstorms causing a fair bit of disarray around the ground.

The left-hander duly created some havoc of his own, hitting 11 boundaries in a 53-ball knock that carried the Titans to a formidable score of 176 for seven.

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