Take the game by the scruff of the neck and take responsibility by bowling the winning spell or by scoring the winning runs, would be the message of the new Buildnat Cape Cobras skipper, Andrew Puttick, to his team members when the hosts clash with the VKB Knights in the Cobras’ penultimate match of the Momentum One Day Cup series at PPC Newlands on Sunday. The match starts at 10:00.
Puttick said his approach would be to have a calming influence on his team and to be a thoughtful leader who inspires team-mates by performing from the front, where he and possibly Richard Levi might be involved in a match-winning partnership for the first wicket.
Levi is struggling with a groin injury, while Lizaad Williams’s participation is not secured yet, also due to injury. Both Levi and Williams will have to pass fitness tests if they are to be cleared to play against a team that is one of the strongest on paper in the competition.
The Cobras field a superb team as well and there are a number of all-rounders who can produce the goods with either bat or ball.
Dayyaan Galiem, GF Linde and Rory Kleinveldt fall in that category.
Galiem is a swing bowler and a hard-hitting middle order batsman, while Linde is a left-arm spinner but can also produce lusty blows with the blade to get his team over the line.
Kleinveldt can hit boundaries to all part of the ground and has improved his ability to read the match situation and to react appropriately by taking his time to settle and then to blast all-comers to different parts of the ground. As a bowler he is of the hit-the-deck-hard variety, and he can move it both ways off the seam with the new ball.
Arguably Puttick’s most important call would be before the match starts. If he wins the toss, Cobras fans can expect the left-handed opener to send his troops in to face the chin music first.
The Multiply Titans scored 400 for five after winning the toss and batting first. The Warriors smashed 305 for six, also after winning the toss and inserting themselves in recent matches at PPC Newlands.
The Cobras are aware of the importance of starting splendidly and doing the basics close to 100%. The hosts have let themselves and their supporters down occasionally with mediocre fielding and bowling which was not consistent enough in keeping the run-rate down to below 4.5 per over.
Dane Paterson will have an important role to play in the death overs.
Puttick and Dane Vilas will be vital players for the Cobras in the top order, while the consistent lower order performers Aviwe Mgijima and Kleinveldt should do the same with number seven to number eleven, shepherding the batting tail with excellent performances.
The Buildnat Cape Cobras squad is: Andrea Aqathangelou, Dayyaan Galiem, Zubayr Hamza, Eddie Leie, Richard Levi, George Linde, Rory Kleinveldt, Aviwe Mgijima, Justin Ontong, Dane Paterson, Andrew Puttick (captain), Zakhele Qwabe, Dane Vilas, Lizaad Williams