“If Kyle Verreynne continues to be prolific like in the first two Momentum One Day Cup games, he should be in line to be Quinton de Kock’s understudy at the Cricket World Cup,” said Ashwell Prince, coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

He was speaking on Thursday before the weekend games against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl on Friday and the clash with the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Recreation Oval in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

Asked about the keys to success, Prince said there are no easy games in the competition and the Dolphins have a particularly strong batting line up. “It is about handling the critical moments well and about staying composed during those times.

“I thought George Linde bowled better in his 1-23 than in the match against the Warriors last season where he captured a career-best 6-47. If he continue to bowl like that, he has every chance to represent the Proteas one day and I told him so after the game against the VKB Knights.”

Talking about the Proteas, Prince said that if De Kock gets injured on the morning of the first match at the Cricket World Cup, it would be too late to fly out a substitute. If Verreynne continues to bat the way he did the first two games of the Momentum One Day Cup, he will be throwing his hat into the national ring.

“Some people talk about his small stature, but his strike-rate is above 100 and that says a lot,” Prince said.

Prince said he was not unduly worried about the 15 for three that the Knights inflicted upon the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras because usually the Malan brothers, Janneman and Pieter, produce the goods.

Zubayr Hamza, who was part of the South African test squad, has been added to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad and is available for selection for both games.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (Captain), Pieter Malan (Vice-Captain), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne