The Buildnat Cape Cobras eye the match against the defending champions, the Multiply Titans, as a good opportunity to make up some lost ground and possibly pass some of the other Sunfoil Series contenders in the battle for line honours, said Ashwell Prince, the Cape Cobras coach.
The Buildnat Cape Cobras and the Titans will meet at SuperSport Park in Centurion in a Sunfoil Series clash starting on Thursday (26th January) at 10:00.
The Buildnat Cape Cobras fast bowler Dane Paterson is in line to make his debut for South Africa in a T20 International against Sri Lanka at PPC Newlands on Wednesday and has been replaced in the Cobras squad by Lizaad Williams.
Williams, when on song, can bowl at 140 km/h and he possesses that white line fever and aggression which had made him a more than useful operator for the South African U19team, Western Province and the Cobras.
Prince said he is seeking small improvements from the team, but, generally, he feels confident that they are moving in the right direction.
“We batted well against the Lions in Oudtshoorn. In the next match, against the Warriors at Buffalo Park, we managed 291 in the first innings on a first day when the ball was moving around and the conditions were benefiting the bowlers.
“One thing I would like to see, is that we put a high price on our wickets and make it much harder for the bowlers to dismiss us,” Prince said.
Prince dislikes the idea of soft dismissals intensely and says attacks have to earn it. Batsmen must not just meekly capitulate or surrender their wickets.
If this clinical approach is implemented by the gifted Cape Cobras top and middle-order, the Multiply Titans will have their work cut out. The Cobras have scored five centuries this season and several members of the top-order, including Omphile Ramela, Andrew Puttick and Stiaan van Zyl, are in good nick.
Prince said the bowling unit is an outstanding one. He has emphasized the importance of building pressure. That is the way in which teams win matches. You have to be able to transfer pressure to the opposition.
“When you produce one ball an over that is dispatched for a boundary, and you allow a batsman to rotate the strike by bowling both sides of the wicket, a very good batsman will not easily be dismissed.
“But when you sustain pressure, you force mistakes,” he said.
“We need to stick to our disciplines,” he said.
One excellent example of the latter was in the Sunfoil Series match against the Warriors at Buffalo Park where the hosts lost their final five wickets for the addition of only 23 runs when the support cast for the opening bowlers hardly strayed in line or length.
Prince expects the same clinical approach at SuperSport Park against the Titans starting on Thursday.
The Buildnat Cape Cobras squad is: Dane Piedt (Captain), Rory Kleinveldt, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Justin Ontong, Andrew Puttick, Zakhele Qwabe, Omphile Ramela, Jason Smith, Stiaan Van Zyl, Dane Vilas (W/Keeper), Lizaad Williams