The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, strengthened by the return of the world-class Vernon Philander and fellow Proteas bowler Dane Paterson, have their destiny in their hands and will leave no stone unturned to beat the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg and win the Four-Day Franchise series.

Those were the positive words from Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the visitors.

“We obviously know we have to go there and win the match. We have an advantage of three points, but will not be looking at the Lions/Warriors game for favours,” Davids added.

It is the last round of Four Day Franchise Series and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have 171.46 points. They are at the summit, but the bizhub Highveld Lions are close enough to clinch it if they beat the Warriors and the Cobras falter. The Lions have 168.42 points. The last round starts on Monday.

Seam bowler Tladi Bokako is still recovering from an ankle injury and won’t be available for selection. Philander, a world-class campaigner, has been made available for the match by Cricket South Africa and Paterson has been released from the One Day International squad.

Both Davids and the skipper, Dane Piedt, have been impressed by the left-arm swing bowler and former South African U19 player Akhona Mnyaka who recently joined the Cobras ranks.

Speaking about the bowling attack, Davids said the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have bowled fantastically well in partnerships and that is why the team have taken twenty wickets on seven occasions.

“The support bowling for Piedt in the match against the Multiply Titans, in which Piedt captured 13-141, was superb,” Davids said.

“We will have all the bases covered when we arrive in Pietermaritzburg – off-spin, left-arm swing, right-arm fast and left-arm spin,” Davids said.

The venue is one where bad light plays a role but the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be focusing on what they can control and play positively throughout.

Piedt said he would give the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras six out of ten for their performance in Oudtshoorn where they beat the Multiply Titans by eight wickets.

“We lost five wickets for 75 runs and we should have had a first innings lead of 200, not 100 runs. We should have won the match by an innings and 49 runs. The phrases that come to mind when I look forward to the match in Pietermaritzburg are ‘ruthless’ and ‘clinical’.

“That is what we need to be in order to clinch the trophy,” he said.

Pieter Malan, who has officially been handed the vice captaincy role in the team, had severe cramps after being the victim of a bug in the previous match, but he is fit for the match against the Dolphins.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt (c), Pieter Malan (vc), David Bedingham, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, George Linde, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne