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Be early and meet all your sporting stars in ONE venue on the 15th! Gates open at 3pm.
 
Details of the two games at PPC Newlands are as follows:
i) Ajax CT vs Santos FC, 4pm [gates open at 3pm]
ii) DHL Stormers vs The Cape Cobras, 6pm
 
Tickets for both game costs ONLY R40 and if purchased on the TicketPro website or at the PPC Newlands ticket office using the WeChat Wallet, the purchaser will receive R80 back into their Wechat Wallet to spend within the stadium at participating vendors. (T&C‘s apply)
 
With the WeChat Wallet, users can electronically send cash to friends and family, just like handing cash to a friend to get you lunch or pay for coffee or a drink at the bar.
 
Information of up to three chip and PIN debit or credit cards, which are verified by Visa and MasterCard security systems, can be saved in the WeChat Wallet.
 
Cards can also be used to Cash In and increase your wallet’s cash balance, pay for services on WeChat such as airtime, electricity, food or pay SnapScan merchants.
 
Howzat for value?! 4 teams, 2 matches at, 1 venue PLUS get R80 in your WeChat Wallet to spend within the stadium, so download WeChat today to score.
 
How to pay via WeChat Wallet
 
1) Open WeChat
2) Tap on Me and select Wallet
3) Tap on Get Started to register your wallet
4) Tap on Cards and add your card
5) Tap on Use SnapScan and scan the QR code on the TicketPro payment page to pay for your tickets
 
Terms & Conditions
• Tickets for this event costs R40 per person. If the user pays via WeChat Wallet they will receive R80 paid back into their WeChat Wallet – irrespective of how many tickets were purchased.
• The rebate offer is limited to one R80 rebate per unique WeChat Wallet user.
• The QR code on the TicketPro payment must be scanned via the WeChat app not the Snapscan app to receive the rebate.
• Money rebated to the user’s WeChat Wallet can be used to pay for food & drinks at participating stadium vendors at the event, transferred to a friend on WeChat or cashed out at a Standard Bank ATM or selected retailers.
• To register a WeChat Wallet, users need to be 16 years or older and have a South African ID number.
• WeChat Wallet is only available on Android and iOS devices
 
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CAPE T0WN. – The Cape Cobras possess the talent, the skills and the hunger to win the Sunfoil Series competition for a third time in four seasons, said Omphile Ramela, four-day captain of the Cape Cobras.

The Cobras will start their four-day campaign on 17th December against the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands. At least four national players who formed part of the recent test series against India, Hashim Amla, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Piedt and JP Duminy, will represent the hosts.

The hosts would be eager to shrug off the disappointment following a demoralizing and anti-climactic conclusion to the Ram Slam T20 Challenge by slipping to a five-run loss to the Sunfoil Dolphins.

Ramela was critical of the lack of intensity displayed by the Cape Cobras (in the four-day competition last season) at the press conference where his appointment as captain was confirmed.

Probed about it on Friday, Ramela said: “I think we have to do the basics well and put pressure on the opposition.”

The 27-year old top-order batsman said he believed in managing players individually and understanding their personas and temperaments. “Some players would respond to a kick, others to encouragement.

“You have to empower individuals so that they could feel free to express themselves.”

Ramela’s name was inserted at number five for the South Africa A-team that will meet England on tour.

“I think it is a very strong SA A team. We will be competitive. The idea is that we beat them and also do the national team a favour,” he said.

Ramela finished the 2014/2015-season with two centuries and hammered another ton in his maiden first-class match for South Africa A.

He said it is obvious that he would like to make more of those significant contributions for South Africa A.

The SA A-player recently went through a lean trot in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, but responded superbly with 96 in his previous first-class match for the Western Province team.

It has given a much-need boost ahead of his battle against England.

http://www.capecobras.co.za/player/omphile-ramela/

CAPE TOWN. – The Cape Cobras, in conjunction with Woolworths Long Beach Mall and Colosseum stores, are set to visit the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Monday 14th December.

The visit by one of South Africa’s most dominant domestic cricketing power-houses, is aimed at offering the patients and parents opportunities to interact with the players, mingle with them and speak to some of the most publically adored South African sporting heroes.

Woolworths has sponsored goodie bags which will be handed out by the Cape Cobras.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to the hospital, the staff, the children and their relatives. It also offers the players the opportunity to share gifts, while encouraging and inspiring young patients in the spirit of Christmas,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Cape Cobras.

“We want to be known not only as a cup-winning domestic team, but also as champions of good will.”

David Stephens, executive director of the Children’s Hospital Trust, said: “We have such great expectations of the visit of the Cape Cobras. They are a source of great joy and excitement in the corridors and wards of the hospital with their encouragement, support and infectious spirits.”

“Woolworths is delighted to be part of this heart-warming initiative with the Cape Cobras and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital,” said Andrew Lottering, Woolworths Long Beach Mall foods manager.

‘It is extremely important to Woolworths to contribute to the needs of our children. We wish the children, the parents and the hospital staff an enjoyable time and we salute the Cape Cobras to invest time to make a difference in the lives of young South Africans,” Lottering added.

Visits to the hospital has been part of an annual tradition since the early 2000’s when Paul Adams, the current coach, was still a Cape Cobras and South African stalwart with his unique left-arm wrist spinning style.

“As a Cape Cobras squad, we treasure the visits to the children’s hospital and we trust that this will continue indefinitely,” Adams added.

Dien said cricket inspires young fans, and offer them a healthy lifestyle-opportunity while building camaraderie and social bonds with fellow-players. “We hope this visit will inspire the patients to never surrender their childhood dreams and hopes.”

Follow @chtrust1 or @CobrasCricket for more info. ‪#‎CobrasRCCHvisit‬

Sporting FANS, download the @WeChatZA app and set up you #WeChatWallet today, so you’re ‘match ready’ when you get to Newlands Cricket Ground for the @WeChatZA Newlands Challenge on Tuesday, 15 November so you may claim your R80 in the ‪#‎WeChatWallet‬ when you buy a R40 ticket to spend within the stadium at the ‪#‎SnapScan‬ accredited vendors (T&C’s apply).

Be early and meet all your sporting stars in ONE venue on the 15th! Gates open at 3pm.

Details of the two games at PPC Newlands are as follows:
i) Ajax CT vs Santos FC, 4pm [gates open at 3pm]
ii) DHL Stormers vs The Cape Cobras, 6pm

With the WeChat Wallet, users can electronically send cash to friends and family, just like handing cash to a friend to get you lunch or pay for coffee or a drink at the bar.

Information of up to three chip and PIN debit or credit cards, which are verified by Visa and MasterCard security systems, can be saved in the WeChat Wallet.

Cards can also be used to Cash In and increase your wallet’s cash balance, pay for services on WeChat such as airtime, electricity, food or pay SnapScan merchants.

Howzat for value?! 4 teams, 2 matches at, 1 venue PLUS get R80 in your WeChat Wallet to spend within the stadium, so download WeChat today to score.

How to pay via WeChat Wallet

1) Open WeChat
2) Tap on Me and select Wallet
3) Tap on Get Started to register your wallet
4) Tap on Cards and add your card
5) Tap on Use SnapScan and scan the QR code on the TicketPro payment page to pay for your tickets

Terms & Conditions
• Tickets for this event costs R40 per person. If the user pays via WeChat Wallet they will receive R80 paid back into their WeChat Wallet – irrespective of how many tickets were purchased.
• The rebate offer is limited to one R80 rebate per unique WeChat Wallet user.
• The QR code on the TicketPro payment must be scanned via the WeChat app not the Snapscan app to receive the rebate.
• Money rebated to the user’s WeChat Wallet can be used to pay for food & drinks at participating stadium vendors at the event, transferred to a friend on WeChat or cashed out at a Standard Bank ATM or selected retailers.
• To register a WeChat Wallet, users need to be 16 years or older and have a South African ID number.
• WeChat Wallet is only available on Android and iOS devices

Follow @WeChatZA on twitter and use the hashtag #WeChatWallet for more info. Or visit www.capecobras.co.za or facebook.com/cobrascricketfor more info…

CAPE TOWN. – “We will remain positive and are committed to bounce back with a bang in the Sunfoil Series,” said a dejected Justin Ontong, captain of the Cape Cobras, after their painful 5-run loss in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge semif-final play-offs against the Sunfoil Dolphins.

“We threw it away. We should have won it,” he said about the defeat.

Ontong added that in their semi-final play-off run-chase, they were on course with a run a ball needed in the final four overs. “Instead of scoring singles and rotating the strike, we attempted the big shots and paid dearly for it. We lost our heads.

“We were our own worst enemies in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge semi-finals,” he added.

Albie Morkel, The Unlimited Titans captain, confirmed the sentiments expressed by Ontong. He said he felt for 80 % of the match that the visitors would be victorious. He said the Cobras might have erred on a very slow wicket by attempting the big shots at the business-end of the innings instead of simply taking singles or twos.

In the match at Kingsmead between the Dolphins and the Titans, the hosts attempted the same approach in their innings and lost quick wickets on a very slow pitch, Morkel explained.

Ontong admitted that the middle-order struggled throughout the campaign despite excellent starts provided by Richard Levi and Wayne Parnell for the Cape Cobras.

Although Ontong did not mention any names in talking about the middle-order, it was clear that the form of SA Engelbrecht, Ontong and Omphile Ramela deserted them at stages during the campaign, while Andrew Puttick, Robin Peterson and Rory Kleinveldt also failed to finish the Ram Slam T20 Challenge with a flourish on Wednesday.

“As middle-order we got stuck in a rut and put the team under pressure. It simply was not good enough as we could not bat at a higher strike-rate than 100,” he added.

“We also did not rally together as a team enough. When we won, it was through individual brilliance, and not through a team effort.

“Wayne did not only produce the goods for the team, but from an individual perspective, he showed that he has the ability to be a Protea player again,” he added.

“I think Omphile Ramela will bring new and fresh energy to the team as captain of the Sunfoil Series squad.

“We pride ourselves in our four-day campaign and want to bounce back. In February 2014, we narrowly loss to the Dolphins in the Ram Slam final, but we rallied and won the domestic four-day showpiece.

“Having said that, the loss still hurts deeply, because it was such a close encounter,” he said. “I would rather lose by 60 runs than by 5,” Ontong added.

The Cape Cobras’ ranks have been bolstered by the return of four South African stalwarts for their opening Sunfoil Series match as Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Dane Piedt and Stiaan van Zyl will be part of the team.

Ontong said the left-arm swing bowler Beuran Hendricks might need some more first-class exposure at amateur-level before he represents the Cape Cobras in the Sunfoil Series.

Dane Paterson bowled with enormous pace and incredible control in the semi-final play-offs on Wednesday and might carry on where he left off last season when he nabbed out 42 batsmen in the Sounfoil Series

CAPE TOWN. – Andrew Puttick was excited and up-beat when he spoke about the life-line given to the Cape Cobras who slipped through the back door into the semi-final play-offs against the Sunfoil Dolphins on Wednesday.

But the Cape Cobras top-order batsman became even more animated when he stressed the importance of capitalizing on flying starts and converting 20’s or 30’s into at least two match-winning half-centuries.

The Cobras are the defending Ram Slam T20 Challenge champions. They face the Dolphins at Kingsmead in a match which will determine who will meet The Unlimited Titans at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday in the final of the domestic T20-showpiece.

“We spoke at length about our batting display, the Dolphins’ strengths and weaknesses and about our plans to win it,” Puttick said.

He said the Cobras have generally performed well in the power play, but would like to extend that into the middle period. “We generally have had flying starts, but we need to kick on.

“And we require two players to convert those 30’s into 60’s which will win us the game,” he said.

The Dolphins will rely heavily on a star-studded top-order with Morné van Wyk, Kevin Pietersen en David Miller their international power-hitters.

The Cobras possess at least four international bowlers who can rip through any top-order when the force is with them, and Wayne Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson are the most likely of those stars to inflict damage.

The Cobras have included Omphile Ramela in the group of 13 for the semi-finals against the Dolphins.

Lesiba Ngoepe practiced with a heavily strapped ankle on Tuesday at the nets at PPC Newlands, and has recovered well enough to take the field at Kingsmead.

Puttick and Peterson looked in particular good nick with the bat in their work-outs in the nets on Tuesday.

Richard Levi also had an extended net practice. Levi and Parnell would have key roles for the Cobras, and if they can get the visitors off to an explosive start, the Cobras might just force their way into their third successive domestic T20-final.

The Cape Cobras squad is: Justin Ontong (capt), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Lesiba Ngoepe, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Robin Peterson, Andrew Puttick, Omphile Ramela, Mthokozisi Shezi, Siya Simetu.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015

THE Sunfoil Dolphins will welcome Kevin Pietersen back into their side for the RAM SLAM T20 play-off against the Cape Cobras at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday, but coach Lance Klusener is clear that Pietersen’s return is no guarantee of success.
Pietersen played the first half of the campaign for the Dolphins and was absent for the second, and the impact he made is easily measured.
Despite playing only five games, the former England star is still second on the run-scoring charts with 364 runs – just 61 behind Quinton de Kock, who played all 10 games for The Unlimited Titans.
Perhaps more telling is the fact that the Dolphins won their first four games of the tournament, but once Pietersen departed they went four games without a win until finally beating the Cobras last Friday.
The hope for the Dolphins now is that they have turned the corner after their horror run.
“Holding fingers and thumbs, I’d like to think so,” said coach, Lance Klusener. “The way we went about winning was good. The way we bowled was again excellent so I’m pretty happy.

“With Pietersen back we have some quality individuals. We just need to understand that just because he’s back doesn’t guarantee everything. That’s important.”

Barring the addition of Pietersen, the Dolphins haven’t made any changes to the squad that beat the Cobras, who have been dealt yet another blow.

Paul Adams’ side have endured a tournament filled with injuries and non-availabilities, and their poor luck continued when Justin Kemp went down with pneumonia.

Omphile Ramela has been brought into the squad in Kemp’s place, and Adams is confident that the Cobras will still have enough bowling options without the all-rounder, even if they will miss his experience.

A testing campaign saw the Cobras win five and lose five, and what will be most disconcerting is that they lost both of their games last week.

“The way we’ve played we do come into this game as underdogs,” reflected Adams. “We scraped through this one, but that is in the past. It’s all one-off games where the best team on the day makes it through.

“We’re two games away, and we’ve got to make it click under pressure. We’ve identified a few things that have added to our inconsistency and we’ll keep working on that. The guys have just got to back themselves on the field.”

The play-off gets underway at 6pm and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2. Thursday has been set aside as a reserve day in the event of a washout.

CAPE TOWN. – Justin Kemp contracted pneumonia and won’t make the trip to Kingsmead, but the Cape Cobras do possess a manifesto for dominance against the Sunfoil Dolphins and have a battle plan to remove the world-class batsman called KP cheaply in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge semi-final play-offs on Wednesday.

Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach, said the all-rounder Kemp had flue, but has now developed full-blown pneumonia and he might be out for almost a month.

The middle-order batsman Lesiba Ngoepe has made a miraculous recovery from an ankle injury and will be available for the semi-finals, Adams added.

There is a new spirit in the Cape Cobras camp. The group was dejected after their loss to the Sunfoil Dolphins, but after the Warriors’ defeat to the bizhub Highveld Lions, the squad was rejuvenated and it was evident in a high octane practice at PPC Newlands on Monday.

The Dolphins boast the presence of several match-winning batsmen including Kevin Pietersen, David Miller and Morné 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,” said Adams.

“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 Cape Cobras opener Wayne Parnell second on the same list.

When the two met previously, Parnell came out on top as he captured four for 20 to set up the Cape 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.

A sporting bonanza which will feature the MTN8 Champions, Ajax Cape Town, Santos, the DHL Stormers and the Cape Cobras is set to thrill the PPC Newlands crowd on 15th December with T20-cricket served as main course.
 
The DHL Stormers and the Cape Cobras will resume their battle for T20-supresmacy in The WeChat Newlands Challenge on 15th December at 6pm after an absence of three years.
 
Ajax Cape Town, recently crowned MTN8 Champions by beating Kaizer Chiefs in the finals, will meet Santos in a 6-over per side cricket match starting at 4pm.
 
It will provide fans with an enticing hors d’oeuvres for the T20-match at 18:00. The gates for the clash between the soccer stars will open at 3pm.
 
This Cape-derby has been part of the football tradition in the City of Cape Town for many years, with some truly thrilling encounters. The first-division club recently underlined their steady progress under Zeca Marques with a 2-1 win over Ajax in a friendly match, reignited the significance of Cape Town’s biggest football derby.
 
The match between the Cape Cobras and the DHL Stormers will be a clash between South Africa’s most dominant cricket franchise and the country’s most successful rugby-franchise of the 2015 Super Rugby season.
 
Tickets can be purchased at R40 each and it includes both games. If tickets are bought on Ticketpros using the WeChat Wallet, the purchaser will receive R80 back into the WeChat Wallet! (T&C’s apply). Seating will be unreserved.
 
With the WeChat Wallet, users can electronically send cash to friends and family, just like handing cash to a friend to get you lunch or pay for coffee or a drink at the bar.
 
Information of up to three chip and PIN debit or credit cards, which are verified by Visa and MasterCard security systems, can be saved in the WeChat Wallet.
 
Cards can also be used to Cash In and increase your wallet’s cash balance, pay for services on WeChat such as airtime, electricity, food or pay SnapScan merchants.
 
“The idea originated with the rugby- and cricket stars as a means to get their friends and family together, but it has since evolved into one of the most richly entertaining T20-events in the country.
 
Now we have also added some of our beloved soccer neighbours and we are confident this will be a knockout-concept with long-term prospects,” said Jasmiena Davids, the Marketing Manager of the Western Cape Cricket.
 
“There will be a charity element in the game. The player of the match will receive R5000,00, which he can donate to a charity of his preference,” Davids added.
 
The Cape Cobras won 10 titles the past seven seasons including the coveted Ram Slam T20 Challenge in 2014/2015 and have qualified for the play-off RAM Slam T20 competition Wednesday, 9 December vs the Sunfoil Dolphins, Durban.
 
The Stormers finished at the summit of the South African conference-log in the Super Rugby 2015-edition, the third time in five years. They were beaten finalists in 2010.
 
“We welcome the opportunity to rub shoulders and spend some fun time on the favourite PPC Newlands turf against the DHL Stormers, who will have some famous Springboks in their ranks,” said Nabeal Dien, Chief Executive Officer of Western Cape Cricket.
 
“Over the course of the next three months, four internationals will be hosted by PPC Newlands, and these duels between the cream of the crop in local soccer, rugby and cricket will offer our die-hard supporters the opportunity to wet their appetite for the clashes against England and Australia,” Dien added.
 
How to pay via WeChat Wallet
1) Open WeChat
2) Tap on Me and select Wallet
3) Tap on Get Started to register your wallet
4) Tap on Cards and add your card
5) Tap on Use SnapScan and scan the QR code on the TicketPro payment page to pay for your tickets
 
Terms & Conditions
• Tickets for this event costs R40 per person. If the user pays via WeChat Wallet they will receive R80 paid back into their WeChat Wallet – irrespective of how many tickets were purchased.
• The rebate offer is limited to one R80 rebate per unique WeChat Wallet user.
• The QR code on the TicketPro payment must be scanned via the WeChat app not the Snapscan app to receive the rebate.
• Money rebated to the user’s WeChat Wallet can be used to pay for food & drinks at participating stadium vendors at the event, transferred to a friend on WeChat or cashed out at a Standard Bank ATM or selected retailers.
• To register a WeChat Wallet, users need to be 16 years or older and have a South African ID number.
• WeChat Wallet is only available on Android and iOS devices
 
Follow @wechatza #WeChatWallet for more info and your Western Cape Sporting starts: @THESTORMERS @ajaxcapetown @thepeoplesteam .

 

CAPE TOWN. –  A more explosive and belligerent approach to the problematic middle-overs is imperative if the Cape Cobras want to grab the semi-final life-line given to them by the match-winning exploits of the leg-spinner Eddie Leie, said Salieg Nackerdien, assistant coach of the Cape Cobras.

The Cobras, the defending champions in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, reached the play-offs against the Sunfoil Dolphins on Wednesday, courtesy of a magnificent 4-32 by the South African leg-spinner Leie, who ripped through the Warriors lower order by taking his four wickets after leaking 16 runs in his first over for the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

The bizhub Highveld Lions beat the Warriors by 21 runs to deny the Eastern Cape franchise a place in the semi-final play-offs. If the Warriors had won, they would have advanced to the semi-final. If they had beaten the hosts by a bonus point, they would have hosted the play-offs at St. George Park on Wednesday.

But they faltered with the bat after restricting the Lions to 127 for nine.

The Cobras had to rely on the Lions to do them some favours and the Highveld team responded thanks to the exploits of Leie, Dwaine Pretorius and their 150 km/h pace merchant Hardus Viljoen.

“We are two wins away from the title. We cannot dwell on the past. The team that pitches up playing with composure, will win it,” said Paul Adams, the overjoyed Cape Cobras coach.

“We need to play clever cricket with the experience we have got, be calm and put our hands up,” said Adams.

The Cobras won the Ram Slam T20 Challenge last season partially thanks to a magnificent all-round performance by Kieron Pollard, who averaged 81 with the bat and took 13 wickets in grand style.

He was ruled out of the remainder of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge due to a knee injury midway through this season’s T20-domestic showpiece.

“Hopefully Justin Kemp can recover from his illness and use his experience (as substitute for Pollard),” Adams said.

The big all-rounder Kemp could not represent the Cobras in the match against the Dolphins on Friday due to flue and he was still in bed on Sunday.

Nackerdien said the Cobras have not been smart enough in the middle periods and it has been a damning factor throughout their campaign, as they have batted at an average of five or six an over after bright starts, which is not sufficient to set a competitive target or chase down significant totals.

“When you have an aggressor and a partner who rotates the strike with him, you have to be smart. The accumulator must also bury the bad delivery while the aggressor must continue his adventurous approach. We have faded in the middle periods and we need to rectify this,” he added.

The Cobras have managed only four half-centuries throughout the campaign, which have compounded their efforts to reach the play-offs.

“But we have been handed a life-line and now we need to play that perfect game in the semi-finals,” said Nackerdien.

The Cobras players meeting on Monday at PPC Newlands will revolve extensively around their approach in the middle.

If they can rectify their poor batting after flying starts from Richard Levi and Wayne Parnell, they will be traveling to Centurion for the Ram Slam T20 Challenge on Saturday, and not the Dolphins.