The Cape Cobras will start their campaign against the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on 10th October. The Cape champions shared the Momentum One Day Cup trophy in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, and reached the final in the 2014/2015-season.
Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras captain in the limited overs formats, said one of the changes that the team will embrace, is the five fielders outside the circle in the final 10 overs.
The opening batsmen, Richard Levi (392 runs in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge last season) and Andrew Puttick (652 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition), were prolific last season. If the successful “old” firm are on song again, the Cobras would want their middle order to build on that momentum and improve on their performances of last season.
Dane Vilas and Ontong batted superbly for the visitors at the Wanderers in the three-day warm-up game against the Lions and will probably fill the number-four and five-spot in the limited over matches against Tuks.
The bowling attack will field at least seven bowlers if Ontong and SA Engelbrecht or Lesiba Ngoepe is included.
The very promising performance by Tshepo Moreki for the Emerging South African team in Sri Lanka, where he topped the one-day and four-day averages and captured five for 19 in a match against the Sri Lankan Emerging team, will give the Cobras hope that another swing bowler could add considerable value to their ranks.
The left-arm spinner Robin Peterson nipped out 18 batsmen in the Momentum One Day Cup competition last season and could be another stalwart.
Ontong declared himself very happy with his recovery following knee surgery and rehabilitation.
He said his knee held up well, but he did not spend too much time running due to the attacking nature of his 48.
Beuran Hendricks and Wayne Parnell are still on the mend from their injuries and were not considered for the two 50-over matches against Tuks on Wednesday and Thursday.