Cobras And Knights Chase Elusive Victory

The Knights and Cape Cobras have no choice but to produce some aggressive cricket at the Diamond Oval when the Sunfoil Series resumes on Thursday as the two sides sitting bottom of the table target outright victory in order to make up vital points.  While the Knights are 22 points adrift of log leaders, the bizhub Highveld Lions, the Cobras are a further 26 points back (although with a game in hand over most of their rivals) and effectively need to win their remaining six games to come back into contention.  After losing the Momentum One-Day Cup final at home to the Titans last Friday, Cobras captain Justin Ontong has a difficult task of rousing his troops for the final six weeks of the season, but will be motivating them with the idea that it shouldn’t be dull, ‘It’s a case of us not dropping our heads and thinking that the season is over for us, because it’s not.  We’re in with a chance and we need to go out and display the positive cricket that we know we can play.  We’ve got nothing to lose and we have to play an aggressive brand of cricket, so it could be exciting.  We’ve got to be prepared to lose the game in order to win it.’

The Nashua Cape Cobras have injury doubts in Mthokozisi Shezi (side strain) and Justin Kemp (ankle), while the Knights are waiting to see how a few of their players respond to Tuesday’s training session.  The hosts will, however, be returning to an old strategy now that fast bowlers Quinton Friend, Corne Dry, Malusi Siboto and Dillon Du Preez are all fit.  ‘We’ve gone back to a four-man pace attack.  We couldn’t use it in the more recent games because of injury, but it has worked for us before.  There isn’t much in it between fifth place and second place on the log, so it’s very close.  We’re still going to play a major part,’ captain Werner Coetsee said.

HEAD TO HEAD – Chevrolet Knights vs Cape Cobras

Matches Played               19
Knights Win                     7
Cobras Win                      5
Draw                                 7