Cape Town - The Cape Cobras and Titans are both looking to build on their recent upturn in results in the One-Day Cup when they clash at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Both claimed important wins over the weekend - the hosts
claiming an excellent win over the Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg
and the visitors ousting the Warriors in Port Elizabeth.
For the Cobras, the result gave them their second win in
three after they lost to the Lions last Friday, but consistency is
what assistant coach Faiek Davids continues to strive for.
"We've made a solid
start to the campaign, but we have to continue plugging away," he said.
The clash against the defending champions is also a third in
six days for Ashwell Prince's side, but Davids insists they cannot complain.
"We have had a busy few days, but the guys know what they
have to do," he adds. "They are all professional cricketers.
"They know that the games are coming thick and fast and, if
you do get onto a roll, then it’s also good for the team in terms of momentum
and taking you deep into the competition.
"That is our aim and we look forward to putting up another
good performance at Newlands on Wednesday."
Prince expressed his delight to have Janneman Malan and Kyle
Verreynne back from the Proteas One-Day squad.
they didn't get to play with the one game rained out. Having said that, they
both joined the national team with good form and they're both hungry to be back
playing so it's a real big positive to have them back and they will definitely
strengthen our squad. We have a strong batting line-up and they will add to
The Cobras are presently third on the standings, one point
behind the Dolphins and Lions with all three sides having two wins apiece so
Just below them is where the Titans sit after they suffered
two defeats from their first two, before their Sunday win in the Eastern Cape.
"It was nice to get that first win out the way because that
obviously lifts the mood in the changeroom and changes how we approach things,"
coach of the 2019/20 winners Mandla Mashimbyi said.
"The guys are motivated as always, but the feeling after a
win is always good. I think we played good cricket on the day and can now look
forward to putting in another good performance in the next one on Wednesday."
Assessing their prospects against old rivals the Cobras,
Mashimbyi admitted that ball was in the court of his Titans players.
"We respect every team but will head there to try and win
the game," he concluded. "It's always the attitude to try and win each and
every time we step on to that field.
"I think as always, if we tick all our boxes properly, then
there's no reason why we should lose the game.
"They probably feel the same way, but I think we're on an
upward curve with this team and the signs are all looking good. We just have to
go out there and do the business."
Cape Cobras squad:
Dane Piedt (captain),
Aviwe Mgijima, Kyle Verreynne, Jason Smith, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza,
Janneman Malan, Mihlali Mpongwana, Thando Ntini, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde,
Dane Paterson, Nandre Burger
(captain), Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Henry Davids, Tony de Zorzi, Dean
Elgar, Dayyaan Galiem, Gregory Mahlokwana, Imraan Manack, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Tshepo
Moreki, Alfred Mothoa, Grant Thomson, Hardus Viljoen
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