In-form Piedt: My goal is to lead from the front

February 12, 2018

“I was trying to be as boring as possible until they made mistakes,” said Dane Piedt, in-form captain of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, about his individual performance in the drawn Sunfoil Series match against the Multiply Titans.

The visitors had the Titans in a spot of bother on 57 for two in pursuit of 268 for a win. The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were denied a possible win because of bad light and rain that effectively reduced the four-day match to a three and a half day fixture.

“I thought they had quite a long tail as Shaun von Berg batted at number seven, but unfortunately the rain and bad light were factors,” Piedt commented.

Piedt was one of the standout performers, as he struck 74 with the blade and finished with a match haul of 5-93. It included the prized scalp of the in-form South African batsman Dean Elgar twice.

“I would say it was a feather in my cap to get Elgar twice, because Elgar struck that unbeaten half-century in the final test against India and has been on song for some time.

“My goal is to lead from the front and to hit good areas. It was a wicket that assisted the off-spinner, as I took the ball away from their left-handed batsmen. It also bounced at times and there was a ball that bounced a bit and there was a difficult missed stumping in the second innings.

“I have a point to prove. I did not attempt to bowl any Carrom-balls or Doosras because the wicket was responsive and I didn’t need those variations,” he added.

“Apart from Pieter Malan’s 137 the performance by the new-ball bowlers were outstanding.

“The way in which Lizaad Williams and Dane Paterson performed as a partnership, was very good. Williams ended with a match-haul of 4-100.

Stiaan van Zyl produced a polished 54, while Zubayr Hamza struck 38 in the first innings and Aviwe Mgijima managed 43 in the second innings.

“Our goals and culture is not to rely on only one star performer to shine, but to have multiple performers. And we are busy moving in the right direction with several players contributing, despite having only one player older than 30,” he said.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras managed 14.12 points, while the Multiply Titans gained 12.42 out of the clash.