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Damarell's charge runs out of steam

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ZAK DAMARELL sparkled for 11 overs of a valiant chase, but Barbarians were left with just too much do chasing down an imposing 20-over total of 167 set by Cobo at the KGV.

On the sweep: Tim Ravenscroft gets down low to work an Anthony Stokes delivery to the leg side. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 21712085)

Damarell smashed 46 from just 29 deliveries, but with meagre support at the other end, when the left-hander holed out off youngster Max Sharpe, Cobo could relax and feel good at opening their Premiership account for the summer.

Choosing to bat first, Cobo lost recent pro Will Fazakerley early on, but that only brought Island T20 skipper Josh Butler out to join an in-the-mood Tim Ravenscroft who was soon depositing a six into the western field.

Cobo had 44 on the board by the end of the seventh and Barbarians seemed to have shot themselves in the foot when Damarell missed an easy stumping which should have accounted for Ravenscroft.

But in the same over Max Ellis got the reward, bowling Ravenscroft for a breezy 31.

Barbarians now had a way into the game and for a while pegged Cobo back, but it wasn’t to last long as the third-wicket pair tucked into the off-spin of Berry.

Butler deposited him into the long stuff at mid wicket for another maximum as the tempo picked up again and the No. 3 homed in on a half-century.

That was not long in coming as in the next over he slog swept Ellis for a huge six, only to succumb next ball to an unwarranted reverse sweep and fall leg before.

The hundred came up in the 15th and Cobo were still being semi-contained as seamer Ben Wentzel returned to the attack with five overs left, soon to be followed by Charles Vorster.

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Together they kept things in reasonable check until the last over bowled by Ellis leaked 13 and Barbarians were left chasing 167.

Cobo then sprang a surprise by giving the new ball to Fazakerley who bowled rapidly enough but when dropping short or off line was punished severely by Damarell.

As long as the left-hander was at the crease the Barbarians had a sniff, but having hit Fazakerley out of the attack and made hay against others his fall ended the game as a contest.

Rob Batiste

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