The Cape Cobras, bolstered by the imminent return of a quartet of international stars, could strengthen their position at the summit of the log when the second round of the Momentum One Day Cup competition kicks off with a match against the Dolphins at Newlands on Friday 29th January. Cobras captain Justin Ontong says: ‘We will have Dane Vilas, Stiaan van Zyl and Wayne Parnell back for the second round of the Momentum One Day Cup competition. Vernon Philander is still busy with rehabilitation, but he could also join us soon. Currently, we are enjoying a momentum swing and the team has played superbly the past two weeks. We are keen to build on that momentum when we the second half of the domestic 50-over series commences against the Dolphins.’
The Cobras will be bolstered by an attack full of international stars, as Philander, Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt, Beuran Hendricks, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dane Piedt and Robin Peterson will be available for the full second round or for at least a part of it. Dane Paterson has not earned international stripes yet, but he has walked away with five accolades at national or franchise-level in 2015 after a magnificent 2014/2015-season.
A few Cobras-players are destined to participate in the Masters Champions League from 28th January and 13th February, and will miss the first half of the second round. They included Richard Levi, Peterson, Justin Kemp and Rory Kleinveldt. Ontong says: ‘The return of some players from the test squad and from rehabilitation could assist us to get off to a rollicking start despite not having a few players available. The Cobras are seasoned campaigners in the Momentum One Day Cup campaign, having reached the finals the past three seasons and having shared the spoils in two of those three finals. Our explosive approach and our attacking brand as well as the experience in our squad can contribute to another successful campaign. But we are determined not to be bridesmaid again like we were last season. We want to lift the trophy. We are calling on our most trusted allies, our fans, to rally their support behind us when we play at PPC Newlands and Boland Park. With their assistance, we have every reason to feel optimistic.’