The Cape Cobras will welcome back their big guns on Thursday as they look to reverse their fortunes in the Sunfoil Series against high-flying the Titans at Boland Park. Justin Ontong, Rory Kleinveldt and Dane Vilas were all absent last week due to the imminent arrival of children as a green Nashua Cape Cobras side fell narrowly short of beating the Knights, while Mthokozisi Shezi was nursing a side strain. Shezi has overcome his injury and Kleinveldt and Vilas have welcomed their new arrivals, and, although Ontong’s wife is still expecting, the game’s proximity to his home mean that he is likely to take part in the match.
Robin Peterson could also be back in action if he proves that he has recovered from a side strain, which would return the Cobras to something like full strength. Regardless of the team he is able to select, Adams is looking for a similar approach to the one displayed last week as the Cobras chased their first victory in the competition. Adams says: ‘We went in with the mindset of thinking about how we were going to win the game, and we hit our straps with the bowling immediately. We created a nice game there and fell just short. That’s the mindset. You’re only going to learn from playing with that mindset, and it’s the brand of cricket that we’ve always played.’
The only doubt for The Unlimited Titans is Heino Kuhn, who is battling with a back problem, and coach Rob Walter is looking for a similarly strong performance to the one that churned out a three-day win over the Warriors last week. Walter says: ‘Obviously it was great to continue that winning momentum from our one-day campaign, but with the Lions winning we didn’t make up any ground so we’ve got to keep going and keep pushing if we want to challenge for top spot. We’re going to have to play really well to get a victory – Paarl in the last couple of games has been pretty flat. Even in the South Africa A game it was tough to get a result there.’
HEAD TO HEAD – Cape Cobras vs Titans
Matches Played 20
Cobras Win 9
Titans Win 6