World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is pleased with the progress his side is making as they prepare for their next Momentum One-Day Cup outing against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday.
The hosts have won three matches in a row to storm into the joint-lead of the competition.
Their two most recent wins were over co-leaders the Multiply Titans and the bizhub Highveld Lions at the weekend – the double over the Gauteng pair coming on the road and giving them a winning start to 2018.
Prince was very satisfied with the way they started the new year.
“It was a good weekend for us as we managed to get nine points, the one additional bonus point coming against a team that everyone thinks is invincible, the Titans,” he said. “So, it was very satisfying.
“As I said to the players after the Titans game…that win will only feel sweet if we can back it up with a win against the Lions and we got it. So, it’s been a good start to the year.”
Key to their progress has been the form of their bowlers and, in particular, Dane Paterson, who has been one of the form bowlers in limited-overs cricket this season.
The Standard Bank Proteas fast bowler has taken eight wickets so far, while team-mates George Linde and Mthiwekhaya Nabe have managed 10 and nine wickets respectively.
“At the end of the day, you can’t get results if only one department is firing and the others aren’t,” Prince says. “But it is rather pleasing to see how the guys are bowling.
“Dane Paterson is an international-class bowler and that’s why he’s been selected for South Africa previously. And he’s showing at the moment why he’s one of the best bowlers in the country, supported well by Rory (Kleinveldt), George Linde, Nabe, they all bowling well as a unit. I hope it continues against the Dolphins.”
With the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras enjoying an unbeaten record at Eurolux Boland Park after two victories against the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Warriors in the the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge this season – the skipper, JP Duminy, and his players will be hoping that that form continues in the 50-over format – with the Paarl faithful coming out in droves to support their favourite team.
“There is a very big cricketing fraternity in Paarl and the players definitely do enjoy playing at Boland Park, with the people being very passionate supporters of the game, ” said Duminy.
“We’ve got a pretty good record out in Paarl and hopefully we can continue that streak, starting tomorrow – again, ”
“If we can put in a big performance tomorrow, we’ll certainly see the crowd grow – not only at Boland Park, but I think at Newlands as well. It is an important game for us, especially being the start of four straight home games. ” Duminy concluded.
The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fans will get to see their team twice in the space of three days, as the Multiply Titans will be the visitors when they take on the Cobras in another mouthwatering Momentum One Day Cup clash at PPC Newlands on Friday.