Cape Town - The Cape Cobras have released
emerging middle-order star, Yaseen Vallie, to the ailing Warriors on
a loan for the rest of the current RAM SLAM T20 Challenge campaign.
Twenty-five-year-old Vallie, a former South African schools
player, has an enviable first-class record, having scored eight centuries and
averaging 43.18. He has also compiled eleven half-centuries and contributed
1 175 runs in 47 List-A matches, an indication of his prowess.
“We have released Yaseen so he can get
much-needed game time, even if it will benefit our opposition”, said André
Odendaal, chief executive officer of the Cape Cobras.
“As he is currently a first-reserve batsman
for the Cobras, the loan will offer him a chance to get off the substitute
bench. He has undeniable class and has the potential to represent South Africa,
and we want to encourage his movement in that direction.
“This offers me an opportunity to play,”
said Vallie. “I knew I was next in line, but you cannot wait until somebody
gets injured, and the guys have been doing well,” he added.
Although his strike-rate for a No 4
batsmen is high in domestic T20-cricket (109.24 and an average of 24.53),
Vallie is keen to improve that. He also would not mind batting higher up the
order than four or five. “I think ideally you want to have a strike-rate of
120,” he added.
The unbeaten Cobras are currently third on
the log with two wins after two matches plus Wednesday night’s rained out game in
They might have a slight selection quandary
soon. National contender Stiaan van Zyl is recuperating well following leg
injury and will be available within the next week.
But the current top-order has been in
splendid nick despite the absence of the stylish left-handed Van Zyl.
The solid Andrew Puttick at the top of the
order, and the swashbuckling Richard Levi and Kieron Pollard powered the Cobras
to 207 for five against the Titans, and to a bonus point winning
score of 128 for two against the Dolphins.