1 Day Cup
Cobras hold aces in last round
JP Duminy in action for the Cape Cobras (Gallo Images)
Cape Town – The Cape Cobras can assure themselves of a 1 Day Cup final berth if they avoid defeat against the Dolphins at Newlands in their final league clash.
Under the rules of the inaugural 1 Day Cup, three teams qualify for the knockout phase, with the team ending atop the standings after the league phase of the competition, advancing straight to the final, which they will host.
Teams ending second and third will play each other in a play-off to determine the second finalist, with the team ending second in the standings hosting the encounter.
The knockout places have been decided, but the order in which they will finish is yet to be determined, with all of the Cobras, Warriors and even the Knights in with a chance to host next Friday’s final.
The Cobras currently head the standings with 28 points from their nine matches, three ahead of nearest rivals, the Warriors, who can snatch top spot if they manage to beat the Titans in Centurion and the Dolphins spoil the Cobras’ party.
The Knights, on 23 points, still have an outside chance of hosting the final in Bloemfontein. If they can beat the Highveld Lions by a bonus point margin and both the Cobras and Warriors lose their respective matches, which would mean they canl top the table with 29 points.
The Knights will host the Warriors in Bloemfontein on Sunday if the former beats the Lions and latter loses to Titans.
This would happen if the Cobras avoid defeat, something Knights coach, Sarel Cilliers believes is very likely.
“I do not see how the Cape Cobras can lose. We (the Knights) just want to keep the momentum of the last two weekend’s victories,” Cilliers said in Tuesday’s Die Burger
Cilliers puts his teams recent form down to the batting department, first by chasing down the Titans at run-a-ball in Kimberly, followed by a comfortable 102 victory over the Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg after they amassed 302/8 in their allotted 50-overs.
“It is important that one of the top order batsmen stay till the end so that you can achieve a good total.”