If the Chevrolet Knights had beaten the bizhub Highveld Lions in a round robin match, they Cobras would have qualified and the hosts of the Global Softech Sixes tournament, The Unlimited Titans, would have missed out, explained Justin Ontong, Cape Cobra-captain.
But the Lions did the Titans a favour by beating the Knights, which resulted in the Cobras failing to qualify.
The Cobras suffered a few demoralizing setbacks during the two-day Franchise Challenge at SuperSport Park.
They lost the services of the hard-hitting Ontong, also an inspirational leader, who struggled with stiffness in his legs and had to be substituted.
Justin Kemp, an all-rounder with the ability to clear the boundary at will, returned to Cape Town due to a hamstring-niggle.
Richard Levi could not take the field due to flue.
Adams subsequently played. He pulled off a miraculous catch during the 3-run win against the Titans in the round robin phase.
The 37-year old former wrist-spinner of South Africa, dived full length to remove Mangaliso Mosehle off the penultimate delivery of the match on the long-off boundary.
Stiaan van Zyl managed to push a ferociously boundary-bound drive by Mosehle in-field, and Adams then completed a catch that sent his teammates into delirium.
Adams made his test debut at age 18 but announced his retirement from professional cricket in October 2008 and has not actively played for six years, despite his continued involvement as arguably South Africa’s most-successful domestic coach the past three years.
“I still have a clip of Paul’s catch. It is awesome and the undoubted highlight of our tournament,” said Ontong.
The skipper said Kemp, Levi will return to training within days and he will all be fit to leave for the Champions League Twenty20 on the 13th September.