Captain Piedt rallies his team ahead of Titans clash

March 13, 2018

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras identified their problem areas and bowled in partnerships while pushing the opposition into a zone where they felt uncomfortable, and that is why they won comfortably in the previous match against the Dolphins, said captain Dane Piedt.

Although the hosts hold a psychological edge after the previous match against the Multiply Titans, they cannot just expect to rock up on Thursday at Eurolux Boland Park and win it.

“I think it is important to throw the first punch,” Piedt added.

“It is important for us to continue a decent run-rate without losing quick wickets.”

Piedt said there are great expectations of the six specialist batsmen in the build-up to the penultimate game against the Multiply Titans.

The team is within one point of the top of the table, and at least two of the top six must score centuries to give the team a first innings cushion.

Asked about the form of Andrew Puttick, Piedt said he has been playing 19 years for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and knows what is expected.

The Cape Cobras feature four batsmen amongst the top twenty in the list of leading batting averages, including the now-retired Justin Ontong.

Zubayr Hamza has struck 626 runs at an average of 69.55 and a strike-rate of 61.31.

Pieter Malan’s average is a healthy 54.15 and he has scored 704 runs, while Aviwe Mgijima has contributed 494 runs at an average of 49.40.

Coach Ashwell Prince said Temba Bavuma will not be considered for the match against the Titans because he is not 100% ready yet.

On Monday, Wayne Parnell returned to training but also ran up from a few paces and is definitely not ready to be considered for selection after his injury.

Prince warned that the right batting speed would be important in the penultimate game against the Titans whilst remaining positive.

“If we bat too fast, we can suffer a speed wobble, but if we bat too slow, we can bat ourselves into a hole,” he warned.

Both Prince and Piedt singled out Junaid Dawood for praise in the win against the Dolphins and said he attacked the rough patches outside the leg stump very well and took wickets at vital stages to help set up a win.