The right-hander blazed 124 off 71 balls (9x6s and 10x4s) to help the hosts cruise to a 258 target with 40 balls to spare
A scintillating maiden Momentum One-Day Cup century by Jacques Snyman paved the way for the VKB Knights to end their winless start to the season and overcome the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras by three wickets via the DLS Method at the Diamond Oval on Saturday.
The right-hander blazed 124 off 71 balls (9x6s and 10x4s) to help the hosts cruise to a 258 target with 40 balls to spare.
It was a magical innings by Snyman and one the Central Franchise will be hoping is the tonic they need to ignite a poor campaign so far where their batsmen have struggled.
At the Diamond Oval, though, they were no such problems thanks to their top-scorer, whose performance came after the visitors had earlier posted 226/5 when they were put in to bat first.
The competition’s leading batsman Zubayr Hamza (left) once again played a key hand with a score of 64 off 60 balls (6x4s, 1×6). The Cobras’ captain was aided by Jonathan Bird’s maiden 50 at this level – the South Africa Under-19 star top-scoring with 69 (77 balls, 3x4s, 2x6s). Janneman Malan (39) and Kyle Verreynne (34) also made useful contributions.
The intervention of rain meant the target was revised and Andries Gous (34) and Snyman then offered the Knights a blazing start of 106 in just over 12 overs to set them on their way.
Akhona Mnyaka (3/36) threatened to derail the chase, but Wandile Makwetu (45) and Obus Pienaar (34 not out) offered Snyman enough support to get the hosts over the line.