CAPE TOWN. – Increased intensity in the field and a clear understanding and execution of the game-plan are essential ingredients if the Buildnat Cape Cobras are to beat the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and remain in the hunt for silverware, said Paul Adams, the coach.
He spoke about the T20 Challenge match against the Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Wednesday. The match starts at 18:00.
It looks increasingly likely that Andrea Agathangelou could make his Buildnat Cape Cobras’ debut at Newlands. The South Western Districts player and former South African u.19-star smashed 125*, 115* and 199* in his past three first-class games.
He also recently hammered 90 in a List A-match for South Western Districts and demonstrated his ability to absorb pressure. He walked to the crease with the Southern Cape team in disarray on 11 for three and stylishly transformed the game.
South Africans might battle to pronounce his surname, but fans of Leicestershire and Lancashire don’t have that problem.
When Leicestershire won their first first-class game after a drought of more than 900 days in 2015, Agathangelou was at the centre of the march to victory.“He represents us at number four in first-class cricket and opens the innings in limited-overs games,” said Albertus Kennedy, chief executive officer of the South Western Districts, who expressed his enormous admiration for the former North West-player.
Adams said he was impressed with the intensity in the field by the Buildnat Cape Cobras in the win against the Warriors, but the Cobras could not match that in the loss to the Lions.
Probed about the top-order, Adams said Parnell has performed well, but Richard Levi has not yet produced the big performances. “Yet, we know how explosive a player Richard can be,” he said.
The Cobras have a real chance to beat the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, especially if they analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the visitors. The Dolphins are a top-heavy team, with Cameron Delport and Morné van Wyk their great stars. Without David Miller (who has moved to the VKB Knights) and in the absence of Kevin Pietersen, they don’t have those explosive players in the middle-order.
Dane Paterson has been lethal in the first four overs and Rory Kleinveldt has been impressive off late, taking 2-16 in the win on Friday.
Wayne Parnell is nearing 100 % match fitness with the ball and will share the duties with Paterson in the death overs. That will free up Kieron Pollard to use his mesmerizing cutters in the middle-period to bamboozle the Dolphins.
Expect a Cobras-win if they can do justice to their talent, and their die-hard fans turn up in their droves to support them to the hilt.
The Cobras squad is: Kieron Pollard (capt), Beuran Hendricks, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, George Linde, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Nkululeko Serame, Jason Smith, Cebo Tshiki, Andrea Agathangelou