One Day Cup

Marathon week for Cobras

2013-10-15 21:00
Justin Ontong (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Such is the frantic pace of the Momentum One-Day Cup this week, with games coming thick and fast, that teams are leaving no stone unturned in their attempts to gain even a slight advantage.

The Cape Cobras are one of two sides - the Highveld Lions being the other - who will play three games between Wednesday and Sunday, and spent some time at Newlands speaking about the importance of nutrition.

"Individuals have got to look after themselves, so we’ve had a good chat about nutrition in order to keep our energy levels and our focus levels right up there," said captain Justin Ontong.

"We’re going to play a couple of day-night games that are going to go until late so it’s important what you take in to allow your body to recover - especially our bowlers."

Having beaten the Titans by two runs in Friday’s nail-biter at SuperSport Park, the Cobras now travel to Bloemfontein to face the Knights on Wednesday afternoon.

"We’re not overly happy about our performance the other night - there are certain areas we need to improve, but I feel if we can just make a gradual improvement every game then we’re on the right path," said Ontong.

"There were several guys who made 20s and didn’t kick on, and you need someone to take that responsibility if you’re going to make 250-plus.

"I thought the bowling was pretty good but our catching wasn’t great and so we’ve been addressing that."

While the Cobras took four points out of their opening fixture, the Knights were on the wrong side of a close match when they went down by 11 runs to the Warriors.

"We’re the only guys who can feel disappointed because we were in front the whole time and then we lost the game at the end," reflected stand-in skipper Nicky Boje.

"Losing wickets at crucial stages is always going to keep you under pressure.

"There were still some positives - the way that we bowled with the new ball and also in the middle periods, and the way that Pite van Biljon batted."

Boje will continue to stand in for the injured Johan van der Wath for Wednesday’s clash, which gets underway at Chevrolet Park at 15:00.

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