Cape Town - The Cape Cobras possess
the right mix of top-order excellence, middle-order power, bowling depth and
reserve strength to win the One Day Cup competition this season, says coach Ashwell Prince.
The Cobras will kick off their competition
with a clash against the Dolphins at Kingsmead in
Durban at 13:30 on Thursday and will play against the Warriors at the
Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Saturday at 10:00.
Cobras spinner Dane Piedt, meanwhile, warns that the Dolphins will build their game plans at home around
their spinners, Prenelan Subrayen and Imran Tahir.
They also have a very experienced core of
batsmen in Dane Vilas, Morné van Wyk and Vaughn van Jaarsveld.
"But we are a lot more exciting, dynamic and
have more variation to lean into," Piedt said.
Prince expressed a vote of confidence in the Cape Cobras squad.
"There will be minimum expectations to
qualify for the playoffs and from the semi-finals, anything can happen," he said.
“We have excellent cover in all the
departments – the openers, the middle-order batsmen and the bowlers – to win
the whole competition."
The Titans have won the past three
white-ball competitions, but Prince said they can be beaten. The team
underlined it a couple weeks ago at Newlands by edging the Titans by three
wickets in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.
The Cobras and Western Province have won five
50-over domestic competitions since 2000/2001 and the Cobras have been a finalist
in five of the past six seasons.
JP Duminy, the One Day Cup captain,
said the team will embrace a positive and adventurous approach. In many cases,
it is just a natural progression from the individual players’ personas.
Cape Cobras Squad:
JP Duminy (captain), Ferisco Adams, Qaasim Adams, Rory Kleinveldt, Carlos Koyana,
Richard Levi, George Linde, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki,
Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Jason Smith