THE Nashua Cape Cobras will be driven on by their failure to get across the line in last year’s RAM SLAM T20 Final when they meet the Chevrolet Knights in the competition’s finale in front of a packed Newlands crowd on Friday night.
The Cobras lost to the Sunfoil Dolphins by two runs in a dramatic T20 final earlier this year, denying them what could have been a third trophy, but are set on converting that disappointment into success this time around.
“I think last season we came two runs short of a perfect season, and this is one competition that we haven’t done exceptionally well in for the last two years so we’re quite desperate to win it,” captain Justin Ontong said.
Cobras coach, Paul Adams, added: “I think it’s important that each player is in the right space, because if there are any weak points they can open up in the final and you can crack under pressure. One key thing is that we can learn lessons from being in finals in the past.”
Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla will both be available for the Cobras, making a team that won eight games out of 10 in the round robin stage a clear favourite.
“We’ve got the names in the team but you’ve still got to do the business on the field,” said Ontong. “It’s going to be a good spectacle tomorrow, and a good, hard game.”
The Knights have not claimed any silverware since the 2007/08 season, when they won the four-day trophy as the Eagles, and last won the T20 competition back in 2005/06.
Asked whether they were underdogs for the encounter, captain Werner Coetsee said: “I think if you line up the sides against each other, they are probably slightly more experienced and have slightly better stats. So if you want to throw tags around then you can (say that we’re underdogs), but we don’t think too much about that.”
Both franchises have had remarkably settled sides in the competition, and each boast eight players that have taken part in every game.
Adams suggested that he would field the same XI that comfortably beat the Warriors in the Cobras’ final league game, while the only decision facing the Knights is whether they should field Dillon du Preez or Quinton Friend, who has overcome a hamstring injury.
The game gets underway at 6pm and will be shown live on SuperSport 2. Since the match is televised, fans attending can participate in the “Win Your Share of a Million competition” by taking a one-handed clean catch. This competition is open to anybody over the age of 18 and is for South African Citizens only. Full Terms and conditions for the competition can be found at www.cricket.co.za.
HEAD TO HEAD – Nashua Cape Cobras vs. Chevrolet Knights
Matches Played 17
Cobras Win 09
Knights Win 06
No Result 01
|MATCH STATS (RAM SLAM T20)||NASHUA MOBILE CAPE COBRAS||CHEVROLET KNIGHTS|
|Highest Score||208/3 (Bloemfontein 2013/2014)||187/3 (Kimberley 2006/2007)|
|Lowest Score||88 (Kimberley 2008/2009)||120/8 (Paarl 2005/2006)|
|Highest Individual Score||113 Richard Levi (Bloemfontein 2013/2014)||85* Morne van Wyk (Paarl 2009/2010)|
|Best bowling in a match||6/29 Beuran Hendricks (Cape Town 2013/2014)||
3/15 CJ de Villiers (Kimberley 2008/2009)