Cape Cobras keen to restore pride


The Cape Cobras will be travelling to SuperSport Park with the firm commitment to restore pride in the Cobras shirt.

In order to do that, a few inspirational performances are needed to help the visitors to avoid the wooden spoon by beating the table-topping Titans at Centurion in Thursday’s final round of league matches of the MODC.

Ashwell Prince, coach of the Cape Cobras, said one of the reasons that the Cobras found themselves on 12 points after 9 matches and at the bottom, is that the team has not responded well when their opponents blasted 300 runs.

The Cobras have been frantic in their approach, almost as if they wanted to chase down this score in the power plays. The truth, though, is that 300 has been about par for all teams in the 50 over competition.

The Cobras need a calm and measured approach when they start batting against a team bolstered by the presence of Chris Morris and AB de Villiers.

Another of the Cobras’ problem areas has been their fielding.

“During a match against the Dolphins at Boland Park, there were a number of players waiting for a ball that was struck aerial. Every fielder could have caught it, but not one of them attempted to take the catch and the ball fell between them,” said Prince.

Had the Cobras taken their catches against the Dolphins in Paarl, they would have moved to second on the log. Those spills in Paarl were one of the turning points of the Cobras’ campaign.

Prince said although the Cobras camp has been under fire for their catching, the hard yards in that department have been done in training and the intensity of the practice sessions have been high.

“You have got to back yourself to catch it when it is aerial,” Prince said.

The catching, which has been below par throughout the campaign as other teams have also been guilty of spilling a number of opportunities, has made life miserable for the bowling attack.

The Cobras top order as a unit requires the likes of senior members of the squad, Puttick and Vilas, to lead the resurgence of the team, and the support crew require calm heads while abandoning the frantic, gung-ho approach to batting when chasing sizeable totals.

The squad is: Andrew Puttick, Andrea Agethangelou, Niel Botha, Dayyaan Galiem, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, Eddie Leie, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, Zakhele Qwabe, Jason Smith, Dane Vilas (W/Keeper), Lizaad Williams