CAPE TOWN. – The opportunity to become part of the coveted R1 million-club by smartly completing a catch one-handed off a six, greater consistency by the Buildnat Cape Cobras and five-star performances by the leading Cape players, can transform the T20 Challenge match against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Wednesday into a memorable extravaganza for the hosts.
Wayne Parnell, arguably one of the most destructive T20-openers in the country at present, said the Buildnat Cape Cobras are yearning for greater consistency in all departments.
They have been able to produce 80 to 90 % performances, but there were also 30 % under-par disappointments.
“We as senior players need to do the bulk of the work so that the younger players can just walk in and have the freedom to express themselves,” he said.
The T20 Challenge match at PPC Newlands against the Dolphins starting on Wednesday at 18:00 will present the Cobras with a perfect opportunity to turn the corner, especially if they can achieve a bonus-point win.“Fielding is something we pride ourselves in, but we have not been up to standard,” he said.
Parnell is aware of the good middle-order strength of the Buildnat Cape Cobras. If Parnell and Richard Levi are dislodged, the Cobras can still lean on the quality of Kieron Pollard and Jason Smith to do considerable damage.
“It is not about the names, but about the performances once we step over the ropes. We need to increase our intensity and improve our performances in the last six games,” Parnell said.
As a batting unit, the Cape Cobras have not nearly been dynamic and explosive enough. Their best score of 163 don’t do justice to their fire-power. In this respect, the Multiply Titans have been superior to every other domestic team.
If the Cobras can convert the potential of the players into real-action-heroics, they could avenge their five-run loss to the Dolphins in the semi-final play-offs last season.
The ticket prices for Wednesday’s game will be R60 (for adults seated in the grand stand) or R50 (on the grass embankment), R30 (for children seated in the pavilion) and R25 for kids sitting on the grass.
Pensioners will have to pay R30 for a seat in the grand stand, or they can purchase a grass-seat for R25.
The gates will open at 16:30.
Wednesday’s game will be televised and a proactive spectator with good hand-eye coordination will be eligible to win a share in a R1 million-prize by completing a one-handed catch off a six-hit. Juggling or fumbling it with one hand, or taking it with two hands, won’t qualify as a fair catch.
The catch must be clearly visible on the stadium replay screen.
Tickets can be purchased through cricket.ticketpros,co.za, at the PPC Newlands ticket office on 021-6572089/43 or at selected Postnet-outlets. For a comprehensive list, visit ticketpros.co.za or postnet.co.za.
The Cobras won their previous home game at PPC Newlands against the Warriors by 12 runs in a pulsating clash. The animated and supportive home crowd played a significant role in igniting the Cobras.