COBRAS CRUISE TO WIN

PORT ELIZABETH - Nashua Cape Cobras left-arm spinner Robbie Peterson claimed five wickets to lead his team to a convincing innings and 117-run victory over the Chevrolet Warriors in their SuperSport Series cricket match at Axxess DSL St George, in Port Elizabeth, at the weekend.

PORT ELIZABETH - Nashua Cape Cobras left-arm spinner Robbie Peterson claimed five wickets to lead his team to a convincing innings and 117-run victory over the Chevrolet Warriors in their SuperSport Series cricket match at Axxess DSL St George, in Port Elizabeth, at the weekend.

The Cobras, who were crowned the competition's champions on Friday, needed only one-and-a-half sessions after lunch on the third day to take all 10 of the Warriors' wickets, dismissing them for 142 in their second innings.

Peterson took advantage of conducive conditions for spin bowling to claim the 11th "fifer" of his SuperSport career. He returned figures of five for 41 in just under 16 overs to add to his first innings haul of two for 18.

It was an embarrassing performance by the home side, considering the season they have enjoyed in limited overs cricket.

The Warriors won both the MTN40 and Standard Bank Pro20 titles and will be disappointed to finish the season with back-to-back innings defeats in the SuperSport Series. They were thumped by the Diamond Eagles in Bloemfotein last weekend. SAPA

lDEJECTED Pakistan's world record holder batsman Mohammad Yousuf last week said he had decided to retire this week in protest over an indefinite ban imposed on him by the cricket board.

The 35-year-old Yousuf, who holds the world record for most runs in a calendar year with 1,788 made in 2006, was banned by an inquiry committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) two weeks ago.

"Yes, I have decided to retire as a Pakistan player and my decision is not an emotional one," Yousuf told AFP. "It's of no use playing after such an insult which is unacceptable and I will announce my decision on Monday."

Yousuf led Pakistan on their twin tours of New Zealand and Australia between November and February after regular captain Younus Khan withdrew over a lack of form.

Pakistan drew the three-match series in New Zealand 1-1 but lost all three Tests, five one-day and a Twenty20 match in Australia - results which prompted the PCB to investigate the reasons for their catastrophic tour.

The committee blamed infighting between Yousuf and Khan for the disastrous results, and recommended they "should not be part of the national team in any format", but no period of ban was specified.

Former captain Shoaib Malik and all-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were banned for one year besides being heavily fined. Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umer Akmal were also fined and put on six-month probation.

Sapa-AFP

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