T20 Challenge

Cobras bank on experience to see them to play-offs

2016-11-21 21:07
George Linde (Gallo Images)

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.

And despite the heart-breaking three run loss on Sunday (according to the Duckworth/Lewis method of recalculation) against the Highveld Lions, Linde is not deflated. 

“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 congested mid-table.

Linde (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.

On Sunday, 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.

“In one over by Parnell, they converted singles into twos on four occasions, and remember, we lost by three runs,” he said.

Linde is 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.

Linde is very confident that if the Cobras beat the Dolphins on Wednesday at Newlands, they will be back with a bang.

Another win against the Titans on Friday will take the champions closer to the play-offs.

“We can win this. Just imagine us playing at Newlands with the crowd behind us in the final,” he said.

Linde is determined that he wants to improve on his statistics of 2014/2015 in which he finished with 14 wickets.

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