Cape Town - Cape Cobras all-rounder Justin Kemp has
contracted pneumonia and won’t make the trip to Durban to face the Dolphins in
Wednesday’s RAM SLAM T20 Challenge playoff.
Cobras coach, Paul Adams, said the Kemp initially had flue,
but has now developed full-blown pneumonia and could be sidelined for up to a
Meanwhile, Adams is confident that his team can turn around
their recent slump in form to trump the Dolphins.
The Cobras were dejected after last week’s loss to the
Dolphins, but after the Warriors’ defeat to the Highveld Lions on Sunday, the
Cobras slipped into the playoff spot.
The Dolphins boast the presence of several match-winning
batsmen including Kevin Pietersen, David Miller and Morne van Wyk.
“It is about knowing the zones in which they are strong and
less prolific and focusing on the areas in which they least want the ball to be
bowled,” Adams told the Cobras' official website.
“We must execute our plans perfectly on the day,” he added.
Pietersen is at the summit of the list of batting averages
in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge (121.33), with the Cobras’ Wayne Parnell second
on the list.
When the two met previously, Parnell came out on top as he
captured four for 20 to set up the Cobras’ win at SuperSport Park.
That win coincided with a mid-season slump for the Dolphins.
“I think we have had a bit of an up and down season,
especially in the middle period.
“We need to be more positive in the middle period with the
bat,” Adams added.
He said Parnell and Richard Levi are two openers who can
take the game away from the opposition to all parts of the ground.
The ideal is for them to continue after the conclusion of
the power play, he added.