“George has done great following the injury to Dane Piedt and Robin Peterson’s call-up to the national team,” said Paul Adams, the Cobras coach.
“He gets excellent bounce because of his height,” said Justin Ontong, the Cobras captain.
“As a young bowler, George handles pressure well,” added the skipper.
Indeed. Linde captured the wickets of Jonathan Vandiar, Dwayne Bravo and Robbie Frylinck in the space of eight deliveries on Friday as the Sunfoil Dolphins imploded. The Cobras subsequently powered to a 7-wicket win in their domestic T20-clash.
On Sunday, the 22-year left-arm spinner took the wickets of Temba Bavuma, Dwaine Pretorius and Thami Tsolekile in two overs, and the Cobras romped to a bonus-point win as the hosts won by 77 runs. Linde finished with three for 21.
Adams said he has always been a believer in having two spinning options available in domestic T20-cricket.
The Cobras coaching team has worked hard with Linde in helping him to comprehend that you should not bowl a full length at T20-level. He has bowled a shorter length, and has also achieved bounce. The batsmen could not quite get to the bounce, and holed out to fielders in the deep.
Ontong said Linde reminded him of a former national spinner and current South African spinning consultant, Claude Henderson.
Adams has taken 10 wickets in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge competition at an average of 9.90, which is a better return than any other Cobras bowler.
“Ferisco bowls the Yorkers well and also possesses a skiddy bouncer because he is not too tall, while he also has excellent variety,” added Ontong.
Ontong said the national players will only be available for the T20-matches on Sunday.
But even upon their return, the Cobras might be left with a quandary, as the young bowlers, including Adams, Linde, Dane Paterson and SA Engelbrecht, have been excellent.
“I am very impressed with our young bowlers and with the way they have evolved. It is a great sign for the Cobras,” said Ontong.
“We cannot be complacent right now. Peaking at the business end of the competition is what it is all about,” added the captain.