A well-timed 69-run eighth-wicket partnership between George Linde and Rory Kleinveldt allowed the WSB Cape Cobras to edge out the Multiply Titans by one wicket and join the HollywoodBets Dolphins at the top of the log at the hallway stage of the Momentum One-Day Cup at PPC Newlands on Friday night.
In a tightly-fought encounter throughout, the Titans, who had won the toss, scored 270 for seven in their 50 overs, with the Cobras reaching 271 for nine in 49.3 overs.
Kleinveldt, who came to the crease with the Cobras seven down and needing 89 to win at 6.84 runs per over, made connection with some mighty blows, belting seven fours and a six as his 45 of 36 balls ultimately took the home side to their target. Linde stayed to the end with an extremely well measured 39 not out off 38 balls getting the Cobras over the line.
The Titans total was built around the extremely solid middle-order batting of Rivaldo Moonsamy (79 off 103), Heinrich Klaasen (86 off 96) and Farhaan Behardien (62 off 56).
The Cobras attack was again excellent with Kleinveldt conceding just 42 runs in his 10 overs and getting the wicket of the in-form Andrea Agathangelou for one, while Dane Paterson took three for 51 in 10 and Wayne Parnell one for 40 in his full allotment of overs.
The foundation for the Cobras chase came from the second-wicket pair of Pieter Malan (62 off 68) and Simon Khomari (60 off 80), who added exactly a hundred in 18-and-a-half overs.
The spinners were the most effective Titans bowlers as Shaun von Berg, Tabraiz Shamsi and Klaasen took six for 110 in 22 overs between themselves.
From 118 for two in the 23rd over, the Cobras fell away and were 182 for seven in the 37th over.
But the tail certainly wagged and took the Cobras home with three balls to spare, with Linde getting the job done in the company of last man Mthiwekhaya Nabe, who only ended up facing one of the last four deliveries as Linde added the last four runs.