“We struggled to adapt with the bat on Wednesday and scored a low total, but our bowling restricted them and they only reached the target with two overs to go,” Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach, said.
Ramela opened the innings and Ontong batted at number three on Thursday. Both scored 70’s as the Cobras raced to the target of 238 and reached it thanks to a sensational six by Dane Paterson in the final over.
Ngoepe smashed a half-century, and Adams applauded his belligerent effort to take the visitors to the brink of victory.
Adams also saluted the bowling by the faster men, Paterson, Lizaad Williams and Tshepo Moreki on Thursday.
“Robin Peterson’s bowling was sweet,” he added.
Adams said SA Engelbrecht was impressive with bat and ball. He slammed 60 on Wednesday and bowled beautifully, the coach added.
The Cape champions shared the Momentum One Day Cup trophy in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 and finished runners-up to The Unlimited Titans in 2014/2015. Asked how close the Cape Cobras are to the levels needed for the new campaign that starts on 10th October against the bizhub Highveld Lions, Adams said his team is very close.
They have worked extremely hard the past eight days.
The swashbuckling opener Richard Levi suffered a broken index finger but is on the mend and should be ready for the opening match against the Lions, while Andrew Puttick, his opening partner, has joined the South Western Districts for the Africa T20 Cup.
The top- and middle-order have excelled in the two matches against Tuks, with both Engelbrecht and Ngoepe showing their mettle.
The greatest challenges that Adams and the selectors face, are how to finalize their playing eleven, as the management team has at least 17 excellent players available for the Momentum One Day Cup campaign.