If the Cobras win that match, they will host the final of the domestic 50-over competition on Friday 13th February. Failure to triumph on Friday, might open the door to The Unlimited Titans to host a final if the Hennops River team win both their remaining matches.
The Cobras have 29 points after nine matches, and the Titans are in second place on 21 points after 8 matches. The Titans host the Chevrolet Warriors at SuperSport Park in Centurion in their penultimate game on Friday.
The Cobras quartet of Justin Ontong, Dane Vilas, Stiaan van Zyl and Mthokozisi Shezi will represent South Africa A against the England Lions on Thursday at Benoni.
It is possible that they could fly from Johannesburg early on Friday morning and still play at Newlands on Friday.
Ontong said the ultimate question is which players will be released to represent their franchises.
“I will speak to Paul today or tomorrow, but it depends on the management team of SA A on whether the players will be released.”
If released, it might become a logistical challenge and a selection quandary to the Cobras before the match against the Dolphins on Friday afternoon.
Adams admitted the Cobras will have to address the extras column as well as their fielding in the match against the Dolphins.
The Cobras conceded 19 extras, while their fielding lacked accuracy and precision.
“We let them off the hook,” he reminisced about the 93-run partnership between Sisanda Magala and Darryl Brown which allowed the Chevrolet Warriors to recover from 90 for six to 183 for seven.
Adams added that the middle-order allowed too many dot balls to go by and squandered scoring opportunities which added pressure at the business end of the game.
Ultimately, the Cobras rallied to a 4-wicket win with one ball to spare. It was almost too close for comfort.
Ontong and Vilas are extremely experienced players who could add a new dimension to the Cobras middle-order.
Yet, a lack of freshness after a mentally exhaustive series against the England Lions might be a factor the management will have to consider in deciding whether their SA A stars will play against the Dolphins on Friday.