The Cape Cobras will have their eyes on a couple of individual milestones – not to mention the goal of avoiding the Sunfoil Series wooden spoon – when they travel to the City Oval to meet the Dolphins on Thursday. While avoiding last place is an obvious aim for last season’s champions, who are currently just more than a point behind the fifth-placed Warriors, there are some more positive targets on the radar as well. Captain Justin Ontong says: ‘There’s still something to gain out of this competition – Dane Paterson is right up there with the leading wicket-takers and we’d like to make sure he finishes top of the wicket tally, and Omphile (Ramela) is up there with the leading run-scorers and it would be a great achievement to finish in the top three.’
Paterson is currently top of the charts alongside Andrew Birch with 35 wickets, while Ramela is third on the run-scoring table with 710 runs at an average of 50 after his double-ton last week. The pair’s contributions have allowed the Nashua Cape Cobras to run the game over the past two weeks, but that has not translated into a second victory in the campaign. Ontong said: ‘We’ve controlled the last two games but the results haven’t shown that. It’s important for us as a team to go there and finish well, because if we manage that then it won’t have been a bad season given our accomplishments in the limited overs formats.’
Senior players Robin Peterson and Rory Kleinveldt are set to be rested for the final game, which will allow some less established players such as Kleinveldt’s cousin, Matthew, and left-arm spinner George Linde to get a game. Defeat to the Lions last week ended the Dolphins’ chances of outright success in the competition, but they will be determined not to lose second place to the Titans, who currently trail them by 12 points. Coach Lance Klusener indicated that there could be changes to the bowling department, who have endured a heavy workload with six games in the space of six weeks.
HEAD TO HEAD – Dolphins vs Cape Cobras
Matches Played 21
Dolphins Win 6
Cobras Win 6