Paterson high on confidence heading into Knights clash

December 5, 2017

The exciting aspect of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ most recent performances is that the team is only operating at about 70% of their full capacity, yet winning games to reach the second position on the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge log. Imagine what they will achieve at 90%, they will be unstoppable, said a rejuvenated Dane Paterson, bowling spearhead of the team.

Paterson, whose match-winning 3-25 against the Warriors settled the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge clash in the hosts’ favour at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl, also expressed his confidence that the team could handle the strong VKB Knights’ onslaught on Wednesday at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley.

He said a key would be to remove their two kingpins, Theunis de Bruyn and David Miller, cheaply. “If we do that, I am sure we can skittle them out (cheaply),” he added.

Paterson was recently dropped, and admitted that it was a painful experience, but he had a man-to-man-chat with the coach, Ashwell Prince. Charl Langeveldt, former Cobras and SA swing bowler, also spoke candidly to him about his run-up.

The run-up was either too slow at the start or the finish and that was at the root of his problem, which caused his inconsistency. Now he has a more steady run-up and it has aided his return to top form.

Probed about whether he has boosted his possible international recall, Paterson said he guessed he has done that. Playing cricket is not a smooth ride and there will be setbacks along the way. If you don’t accept that and learn and adapt quickly, you will fall by the wayside quickly.

“I had to be dropped. I am no super human being that should not have been omitted,” he added.

Paterson captured 4-32 against England this year in a T20 International and also nipped out 2-29 against Bangladesh early in the 2017/2018 season.

He nipped out a career-best 3-44 against the Tigers in a One Day International.

The 28-year-old fast bowler said an attack can play a crucial role in winning RAM SLAM T20 Challenge matches by striking in the power play and then dismantling top- and middle-orders.

It is one aspect of the current attack that is not too dissimilar to the run of the WSB Cape Cobras to the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge title in 2014/2015.

The class of 2014 struck regularly up front and maintained that pressure as their batting opponents came unstuck.

Paterson said the WSB Cape Cobras are only performing at 70% and this is reflected in their batting totals. If they get to 90%, they can post totals beyond 180 easily and then they will be unstoppable, he remarked.

Paterson’s excellent rhythm and renewed confidence will be an important factor if the Cobras are to retain their number-two position on the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge by taking care of the Knights in Kimberley on Wednesday.

WSB Cape Cobras squad: JP Duminy (c), Ferisco Adams, Qaasim Adams, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Aviwe Mgijima, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kyle Verreynne