CAPE TOWN – The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras won’t be ditching their attacking brand of cricket against the defending Sunfoil Series-champions, the VKB Knights, when the two teams meet in a Sunfoil Series-clash at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn from Friday 6th October.
The WSB Cape Cobras will be without their strike bowler, Dane Paterson, in the match. The progress report on their inspirational captain, Dane Piedt, is positive.
He was struck on the forearm at St. George Park in Port Elizabeth by Anrich Nortjé but an X-ray-examination revealed no fracture and he is on course to wear the captain’s armband again.
The top-order batsman Justin Ontong is nursing a finger injury, but is continuously receiving medical support from Shane Jabaar, and is upbeat about his chances to continue his dominant form with the blade against the Knights.
Ontong hammered 128 in the corresponding match in Bloemfontein against the Knights a few weeks ago.
The Bloemfontein-based team will be strengthened by the return of the menacing Marchant de Lange, a strike bowler who can use his bouncer to cause serious bodily harm.
Otniel Baartman, who captured 14-56 for South Western Districts in the 2016/2017-season against KwaZulu-Natal, will return to his old stomping ground, wearing a VKB Knights-hat.
David Miller, the swashbuckling middle-order batsman of the Knights, was not at a Bloemfontein-practice on Tuesday. There is still uncertainty surrounding his selection.
“Last season, the match that turned our fortunes around, was against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Outdshoorn where Wayne Parnell struck a century and we won through a belligerent approach.
“We have a positive mindset about returning to the ground,” said Faiek Davids, the assistant coach of the WSB Cape Cobras.
Ashwell Prince, the coach, said he is pretty happy with the batting performance of the WSB Cape Cobras, as they have strung together 14 fifty-run partnerships and struck five tons in the first two four-day games of the season. But he is more critical of the bowling attack. Both Davids and Prince were at pains to emphasize the importance of bowlers assessing the conditions expertly and making adjustments accordingly. That means that the Cobras must build pressure more consistently and force the batsmen into fatal errors. Dayyaan Galiem, swing bowler of Western Province, might be given a first run for the Cape Cobras if Paterson is not released for franchise duty.
The Cobras also sport two superb additional spinners, GF Linde and Kyle Simmonds, at their disposal.
Prince said on Tuesday the selectors are prepared to look at South Western Districts, Boland and Western Province and select semi-professional players who have recently made an impression as the WSB Cape Cobras are in a transitional phase.