The crucial and potentially match-defining encounter during the Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash between the Nashua Cape Cobras and the Sunfoil Dolphins will take place during the pulsating power play at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.
CobrasCricket FANgS, the RamSlam T20 competition is heating up and the battle for the top two spots on the T20 log is on! Don't miss the next gigantic battle @NewlandsCricket when we take on the @HighveldLions on 23 November 2014 at 4pm. Opening times of the gates on Sunday is now at 12:30 not 2:30 due to the curtain raiser taking place: St. Andrew Primary Schools to play a KFC mini-cricket match and 4 Nashua Cape Cobras player: Justin Kemp, Beuran Hendricks, Dane Piedt and the 4th (tbc) will play with the kids at Newlands Cricket Ground.
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Details of the Nashua Cape Cobras’ HOME RAM Slam T20 match is as follows:
Match: Nashua Cape Cobras vs the Bizhub Highveld Lions
Date: Sunday, 23 November 2014
Venue: Newlands Cricket Ground
Start of play: 4pm - BE EARLY as gates open at 12:30pm
Ticket prices: FROM R30
Tickets can be purchased through the following channels:
• Internet: cricket.ticketpros.co.za
• Newlands Cricket Ground ticket office (021-6572089 / 43) ; Boland Park (0218624580)
• For a comprehensive list on Postnet outlets, please visitwww.ticketpros.co.za
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Rory Kleinveldt continued his rehabilitation program at a net practice at Newlands on Tuesday, but the Nashua Cape Cobras have retained the squad that steered them to third on the Ram Slam T20 Challenge points table.
Paul Adams and the coaching staff were forced to select a relatively inexperienced bowling attack following injuries to Beuran Hendricks, Dane Piedt, Kleinveldt and Justin Kemp.
Ferisco Adams, Dane Paterson, GF Linde and Sybrand Engelbrecht are exciting young bowlers who hardly played in last season’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge. (Engelbrecht would point to the fact that he scored 56 in the final against the Sunfoil Dolphins in February at Newlands).
Adams said on Tuesday the Cobras have backed the squad that beat The Unlimited Titans by four runs in a Ram Slam T20 Challenge game on Sunday.
“Rory started the build-up to his rehabilitation. He operated at 50 % off a short run,” added Adams.
“On Sunday, we compiled a good score with the bat. At times, we did not bowl smart. But you have to take your hat off to Kieron Pollard. It was a magnificent performance with bat and ball,” he added.
“He knew what the batsmen were going to do. He summed up the situation and bowled where batsmen were going to mishit it nine times out of ten. There were no Yorkers,” he added.
Adams said he wants the Cobras to play at a high level of intensity on Friday in their domestic T20-clash against the Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban.
“Soft moments and loss of concentration saw us lose two quick wickets at times,” he said about the two T20-performances the past weekend.
“We have got to be mentally stronger at certain stages.”
The Cobras squad for the match against the Sunfoil Dolphins on Friday is: Justin Ontong (capt), Andrew Puttick, Dane Paterson, Dane Vilas, Ferisco Adams, George F Linde, Kieron Pollard, Lizaad Williams, Mthokozisi Shezi, Omphile Ramela, Richard Levi, Shaheen Khan, Sybrand Engelbrecht.
“I had a gut feeling and I followed it,” said Justin Ontong, the Nashua Cape Cobras skipper. He was probed about his decision to use Kieron Pollard to bowl the famous final over which turned near-despair into glory for the Cobras and near-triumph into disaster for The Unlimited Titans in their Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash at Kingsmead on Sunday.
The Cobras edged the Titans by four runs.
The Titans needed 11 runs to win the match when Pollard stepped up to bowl the final over. He was slammed for 21 runs in one over by Qaasim Adams, and it might have been a lottery to use the West Indian all-rounder in the final over.
But Pollard defended the over superbly after he was deposited for a six by David Wiese off the first delivery. He finished with two for 28 in three overs. Earlier, Pollard finished unbeaten on 56. His swashbuckling contribution steered the Cobras to 169 for six.
“I did not have a lot of options for that final over. I could have used GF (Linde), who bowled well, but if Darren Sammy and Wiese had got half a bat on it, it would have sailed for sixes,” said Ontong.
“Kieron knew Sammy, which was an advantage.
“And he has played in more than 250 T20-matches, so he knows what to do.
“He is also a big hitter. Kieron senses what the attacking arcs of destructive batsmen are, and which deliveries they least want to face.
“A big bonus is that Kieron could quickly summarize the situation,” he added.
“Yet, we got lucky. If Sammy had stayed strong at the crease, that delivery by Kieron could have been hit out of the ground. It was in his (Sammy’s) arc,” said Ontong about the penultimate ball which saw Sammy caught near the long-on boundary by the skipper.
CAPE TOWN. – Kieron Pollard has had a massive impact on the Nashua Cape Cobras and has taken them to a new level in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge campaign, said Craig Matthews, a former captain of Western Province and former vice-captain of the South African team.
Matthews said the Cobras had a pretty good side already before Pollard joined them, but he has stepped into the breach to make them an even more competitive unit.
Pollard hammered 56 off 29 balls with three fours and four sixes against The Unlimited Titans. During the Titans innings, he defended 11 runs in the final over successfully by taking two wickets and limiting the damage to a six off the first ball in a Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash on Sunday at Kingsmead in Durban.
He kept his composure under enormous pressure to propel the Cobras to a 4-run win in a match that went right down to the wire.
As a result of Pollard’s one-man-demolition job with the bat and his remarkable calmness when delivering that final over, the Cobras moved to third on the table.
In the opening match of the campaign, Pollard hit 72 off 36 balls and took three for 22 at a vital stage to shut out the charging Titans.
“I think the Cobras are having a few challenges on the bowling front through no fault of their own,” said Matthews.
“They have been the best domestic side in South Africa the past four years. But this season, they field an inexperienced bowling unit, as they have lost Beuran Hendricks and Dane Piedt through injury, while Rory Kleinveldt is also currently side-lined. And Vernon Philander has joined the national team in the One Day Internationals.
“So they have had a few issues, but Pollard has off-set that to a degree with his contributions with bat and ball,” said Matthews.
Pollard is averaging 142 with the bat right now, and has taken 8 wickets, more than any other member of the Nashua Cape Cobras attack.
He has spoken in public about the importance of not blinking first, or panicking. And it has been his ability to remain unflustered in the moment critique that has made him a world-class acquisition for the Cobras.
KIERON POLLARD provided the late-order fireworks and then held his nerve with the ball to see the Nashua Cape Cobras record a four-run victory over The Unlimited Titans in the first game of Sunday’s RAM SLAM T20 triple-header at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.
Pollard’s unbeaten 56 from just 29 balls (4x6s, 3x4s) powered the Cobras to a handy total of 169 for six after they were put in to bat, but the Titans rallied from a poor start to go into the final over needing 11 to win.
Cobras captain Justin Ontong had no hesitation in throwing the ball to Pollard, despite the fact that his previous over had been hit for 21 by Qaasim Adams.
It appeared as though the Titans would pick up their first victory of the competition when David Wiese (24 off 8 balls) hit Pollard’s first delivery for six, leaving five required off five balls.
However, Pollard had both Wiese and Darren Sammy caught at long-on and also bowled three dot balls to give the Cobras the points from a tight game.
Pollard’s contribution with the bat was equally crucial, as he made sure of a defendable score after a stuttering innings by the Cobras.
Dane Vilas (32) and Omphile Ramela (31) were the only other batsmen to getting going as left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (2 for 22) put in a wily spell for the Titans, but Pollard’s blitz saw the Cobras take 58 from the final four overs.
When the Titans fell to 43 for three in the eighth over of their reply, with Ferisco Adams (3 for 27) doing the early damage, it appeared as though the Cobras would walk the game.
But Qaasim Adams hammered five sixes on his way to 68 from 36 balls to bring the Titans back into the game, and after he was caught behind off the bowling of Dane Paterson, Wiese continued the assault.
Pollard held his nerve though, to put the Cobras back on track after their loss to the Lions on Friday.
Michael Owen Smith
CHRIS MORRIS grabbed one of Twenty20 cricket’s more remarkable world records as he returned the most economical bowling figures in the history of the format in the bizhub Highveld Lions’ bonus-point victory over the Nashua Cape Cobras at Bidvest Wanderers.
No bowler in Twenty20 cricket had gone for less than three runs in their four-over allotment until Friday night, when Morris finished the game with a third maiden to record figures of 2 for 2.
Zulfiqar Babar, Shoaib Malik and Sunil Narine were the three bowlers to lose their record, having all conceded three runs in a four-over spell.
Morris’ bowling helped keep the Cobras to a score of 94 for nine in response to the Lions’ 141 for seven, giving the Lions a three-point lead over the second-placed Knights at the top of the RAM SLAM T20 table with a game in hand.
The Lions knew they required a disciplined bowling performance after putting up a par score on a slowish Wanderers track on which they had largely struggled with the bat.
With Chris Gayle forced out the game with a back problem, Rassie van der Dussen came in for his first game of the competition and hit 52 from 40 deliveries.
However, the other batsmen failed to get going as four Cobras bowlers conceded less than seven runs per over, with Mthokozisi Shezi making up for a couple of dropped catches with figures of 2 for 23 in four overs.
Richard Levi (20) made a confident start to the Cobras reply, but found himself outwitted by Morris in what turned out to be one of the key moments of the game.
As well as that wicket, Morris’ initial two-over spell cost him absolutely nothing, and fellow seamers Hardus Viljoen and Dwaine Pretorius were also superb, taking a combined 4 for 36 in eight overs as the Cobras crumbled.
The Lions needed to restrict their opponents to 112 or less to grab the bonus point, which they easily managed thanks to Morris’ sensational economy.
The Nashua Cape Cobras have released emerging middle-order star, Yaseen Vallie, to the ailing Chevrolet Warriors on a loan for the rest of the current Ram Slam T20 Challenge campaign.
Vallie, a former South African schools player, has an enviable first-class record, having scored eight centuries and averaging 43.18. He has also compiled eleven half-centuries and contributed 1175 runs in 47 List-A matches, an indication of his prowess.
“We have released Yaseen so he can get much-needed game time, even if it will benefit our opposition”, said André Odendaal, chief executive officer of the Nashua Cape Cobras.
“As he is currently a first-reserve batsman for the Cobras, the loan will offer him a chance to get off the substitute bench. He has undeniable class and has the potential to represent South Africa, and we want to encourage his movement in that direction.”
“This offers me an opportunity to play,” said Vallie. “I knew I was next in line, but you cannot wait until somebody gets injured, and the guys have been doing well,” he added.
Although his strike-rate for a number-four batsmen is high in domestic T20-cricket (109.24 and an average of 24.53), Vallie is keen to improve that. He also would not mind batting higher up the order than four or five. “I think ideally you want to have a strike-rate of 120,” he added.
The unbeaten Cobras are currently third on the log with two wins after two matches plus last night’s rained out game in Paarl.
They might have a slight selection quandary soon. The national contender Stiaan van Zyl is recuperating well following leg injury and will be available within the next week.
But the current top-order has been in splendid nick despite the absence of the stylish left-handed Van Zyl.
The solid Andrew Puttick at the top of the order, and the swashbuckling Richard Levi and Kieron Pollard powered the Cobras to 207 for five against The Unlimited Titans, and to a bonus point winning score of 128 for two against the Sunfoil Dolphins.
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THE Nashua Cape Cobras have been mulling plans on how to counter the force of the RAM SLAM T20’s most prolific batsman as they prepare to face what they see as the tournament’s “form team”, the table-topping bizhub Highveld Lions.
The Lions have won all three of their matches so far, thanks in no small part to the 214 runs racked up by Chris Gayle, who has dominated every bowling attack that has come his way.
“Our bowlers need to be strong in executing whatever plans we come up with for him,” said Cobras captain Justin Ontong. “It’s an even bigger challenge at the Wanderers, which can be an unforgiving place as a bowler.
“We’ve got to put in a big fielding performance as well - that will be a big part. I think he is suspect to run-outs, so if we can run him out early then that will be a big plus-point.”
While the Cobras have also enjoyed a good start to the competition, winning two games and then sharing the points with the Knights in Wednesday’s washout, they will have their work cut out for them if the Lions find the extra gear that captain Neil McKenzie believes they still have.
“I don’t think we’ve played our best cricket over these last three games - we’ve probably played at 70 or 75 per cent,” McKenzie said.
“There are quite a few areas that we want to work on but it’s pleasing when you still get over the line when you’re not at your best.”
While young Proteas seamer, Kagiso Rabada, has returned from Australia and will be part of the Lions squad this weekend, he will not be part of the playing XI as he enjoys a much-needed rest.
Meanwhile Rory Kleinveldt will not travel with the Cobras after aggravating his groin injury in the lead-up to Wednesday’s abandoned game.
The game gets underway at 6pm at Bidvest Wanderers 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.
Michael Owen Smith
THE RAM SLAM T20 clash between the Nashua Cape Cobras and the Chevrolet Knights failed to get underway on Wednesday due to poor weather at Boland Park.
Although the two captains were able to toss and name their teams, persistent rain thereafter ensured that no play was possible.
With the two teams sharing the points, the Knights moved up to second with 11 points, while the Cobras are a place behind them due to net run rate but have a game in hand.
Michael Owen Smith
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