Cape Town - The
performance by the spinners George Linde and Nkululeko Serame have been a source of inspiration
for the Cape Cobras which propelled them to their maiden T20 Challenge
win against the Warriors on Friday at Newlands.
the heart-breaking three run loss on Sunday (according to the Duckworth/Lewis
method of recalculation) against the Highveld Lions, Linde is not
“The Cape Cobras can still win this competition. There
are not too many points separating us from the other teams in the middle of the
log,” he said.
The Titans are currently at the summit of the log, but only one point
separates the third-placed Knights and the fifth-placed Cape in a
(3-23), Serame (2-19) and Kleinveldt (2-16) were the destroyers-in-chief on
Friday as they derailed the chase by the Warriors at Newlands where the Cobras
won by 12 runs.
Linde’s valiant effort to strike a four which would have taken the Cape Cobras to a win against the Lions, was thwarted and the Cobras lost by a
painful three runs.
“I do think
our fielding cost us the match against the Lions. There was one catch dropped,
but we allowed too many singles to be converted to twos which we should not
have allowed,” Linde said.
over by Parnell, they converted singles into twos on four occasions, and
remember, we lost by three runs,” he said.
confident about the Cape Cobras attack.
“We have so much experience in
that team, as Paterson, Kieron Pollard, Kleinveldt and me were part of the team
that won the Ram Slam T20 Challenge two seasons ago. And Beuran Hendricks is
sitting on the side-lines. He has Indian Premier League experience,” said Linde.
very confident that if the Cobras beat the Dolphins on Wednesday
at Newlands, they will be back with a bang.
against the Titans on Friday will take the champions closer to the
“We can win
this. Just imagine us playing at Newlands with the crowd behind us in the
final,” he said.
determined that he wants to improve on his statistics of 2014/2015 in which he
finished with 14 wickets.