The South African left-arm orthodox spinner has captured eight wickets at an average of 10 and at an economy-rate of 2.96 runs per over.
He captured 5-25 for the Cobras in 10 overs against the Chevrolet Warriors at Axxess St. George’s on Friday.
The spinner continued to mesmerize the batsmen by nabbing out 2-30 in a high-scoring match against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Boland Park in Paarl on Sunday.
His victims were Alviro Petersen, the national test opener, who was defeated by a sharp-turning delivery from Peterson that found the edge when Petersen was on the verge of completing his 50, and Temba Bavuma.
Bavuma, a regular South African A-batsman, looked settled before Peterson accounted for him.
“I haven’t seen Robbie P bowl that well for years,” said Barnes. “He is looking so relaxed. His control is brilliant.
“The pace variations are also impressive,” he added.
Barnes said Peterson could have taken six or seven wickets in Port Elizabeth on Friday if the batsmen did not become more reticent to attack, and, instead, decided to defend in the latter stages of Peterson’s spell.
Charl Langeveldt, a bowling coach of the Nashua Cape Cobras, said Peterson is bowling a tad slower than usual and that contributes to his success this season.
He also attempts less variations and sticks to the basics, which has aided his excellent performances.
Peterson has represented South Africa in 15 Tests and 77 One Day Internationals.
Not only is he challenging the technique and temperament of some of the best top- and middle-order batsmen in the Momentum One Day Cup competitions on dry surfaces. He is also a hard-hitting unorthodox batsman who can use switch hits to unsettle bowling attacks.
Ultimately, though, it is his eight wickets and his economic return that has contributed richly to the Cobras’ healthy position at the summit of the Momentum One Day Cup competition.