The Cape Town franchise qualified for the home-final despite being depleted by injuries to Beuran Hendricks, JP Duminy, Rory Kleinveldt (missed the first part of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge), Justin Kemp (missed the first part of the campaign) and Dane Piedt.
“It was great for the young players – for their sense of self-belief and for the vibe in the team, to produce under pressure,” said Adams.
“The leadership wanted to instil confidence in the young players and believed in them,” he said.
In a weekend of convincing victories, the Cobras romped to a 72-run win against the Chevrolet Warriors at St. George’s Park on Friday, courtesy of a record-partnership of 140 for the opening wicket between Richard Levi and Andrew Puttick and a sensational four for 22 by SA Engelbrecht.
George Linde added three for 26 to restrict the Warriors to 115.
The Cobras edged the Chevrolet Knights by 8 runs on Sunday. Levi was uncharacteristically sedate in scoring 64 off 61 balls as the Cobras managed 145 for four.
Robin Peterson then nipped out three for 21 and Linde took one for 18 in four overs as the Knights were limited to 137 for four, a loss that fired the Cobras to the final and qualification for the Champions League Twenty20.
Ferisco Adams bowled a splendid final over when the Knights needed eighteen runs, but could only muster one boundary.
The coach said he was impressed with the way the spinners attacked in the middle overs and built pressure in an attempt to take wickets. The skipper, Justin Ontong, used a fielder at silly point and at slip in his quest for wickets.
Adams was also full of praise for the death bowling by Ferisco Adams. “Ferisco delivered under enormous pressure. Justin has thrown the ball to him previously at the back-end and he showed what he is capable of. He came through that test with flying colours,” said Adams.
“(Kieron) Pollard has also made a massive difference to his Cobras team,” added Adams.
Asked if there would be some changes to the team for the final league match at Paarl on Wednesday, Adams indicated he would stick to a winning formula. “I have to speak to Onters (Justin Ontong, the captain) first, but I don’t think there would be much changes.”