Cape Town - The Cape Cobras will fall back on the
experience of an old hand in Justin Kemp as they look to overcome the loss of
overseas star, Kieron Pollard, in Sunday’s crunch RAM SLAM T20 clash against
the Highveld Lions at Wanderers.
Pollard was ruled out of the remainder of
the tournament after injuring his right knee during last Sunday’s win over the
Knights in Paarl, handing the Cobras their latest blow in a campaign beset by
injuries and non-availabilities.
Wayne Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt, Robin
Peterson and George Linde have all spent time on the sidelines during the
tournament, while Pollard was absent for a week when he was called up to the
West Indian Twenty20 side in Sri Lanka.
"We’ve been in the wars in this
tournament," said Cobras coach, Paul Adams.
However, Adams had three causes for cheer
this week, two of them on the injury front as Parnell showed promising recovery
from his foot injury and Peterson also improved swiftly enough to suggest that
he will be available on Sunday.
The third fillip is the depth of the
Cobras’ resources, which allows Adams to call on someone like Kemp - who will
play his 100th T20 match - to fill the gap left by Pollard.
"Kempy has been around very much as a
mentor, practising with the guys and staying in touch with the game, so for us
it’s about bringing in that experience," said Adams.
"Also Robbie has recovered nicely so it’s a
very experienced side that we take into the weekend, which is at the business
end, so hopefully some of their calmness will rub on to the younger players."