Andrew Puttick’s century bats Cape Cobras into control

Andrew Puttick’s 20th first-class hundred put the Cape Cobras in a dominant position on day one of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Warriors at Axxess St George’s today. Puttick batted through the day to finish unbeaten on 159 as the visitors went to stumps on 324 for three.

??????After the Cobras won the toss and elected to bat, the left-hander rarely looked troubled by a Warriors attack that was missing Rusty Theron through injury, and ensured that the Cobras were always on top after an opening partnership of 79 with Omphile Ramela.

The only real disappointment for the Cobras camp was a rare failure by Stiaan van Zyl, who was caught at slip for 17 off the bowling of Simon Harmer. The off-spinner had also caused Ramela to play on, but he was unable to prevent the Cobras establishing their dominance in a 167-run stand for the third wicket between Puttick and Justin Ontong.

The Cobras captain played the role of the enforcer as his team looked to increase the scoring rate as the day wore on, with his 87 coming off 110 deliveries.

It was the second new ball that finally accounted for Ontong as he edged a delivery from Basheer Walters through to Ashwell Prince, who returned to the Warriors side after missing last week’s draw with the bizhub Highveld Lions.

Yaseen Vallie saw out the remaining 12 overs in the day with Puttick, and finished unbeaten on 18.

James Buttler

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