CAPE TOWN. – “If it is not broken, why fix it. I would like to continue opening,” said Wayne Parnell, batting hero of the Cape Cobras in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. He was speaking ahead of the crucial Ram Slam T20-match against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Kingsmead on Friday that will decide whether the Cape Cobras host the semi-final play-offs at PPC Newlands or not.

If the visitors win, they will in all probability be at their home fortress for the play-offs. If they lose, they will have to rely heavily on other teams doing them some favours.

Parnell slammed an unbeaten 73 off 61 balls in a 12-run loss against the Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday as an opener. In his past two Ram Slam T20 Challenge matches, he struck 172 runs at the top of the order.

Therefore he wants to continue  to face the new ball for the Ram Slam T20-match against the Dolphins in Durban. There are three other potential openers available. They are Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick and Keegan Petersen.

As a fast bowler, Parnell has been a revelation and he could have been the man of the match on Wednesday, but Jon-Jon Smuts was dropped at wide long-on off Parnell in a critical moment. “I think that was the turning point. Because Smuts went on to score another 15 runs after that.

“If we had removed him there, they would have scored 135 and not 153 for eight. I always thought a score of 150 would be tricky and we would have needed a couple of big overs to reach it,” Parnell said.

He added it was difficult for batsmen to get in on that surface. Following a 46-run partnership between Parnell and Justin Kemp, the lower middle-order faded and failed to add the big boundaries needed to get the visitors over the line.

One of the Cape Cobras’ main challenges this season has been the form of their top- and middle order. Parnell is averaging 61, while Levi has slammed 226 runs at an average of 32.28 and Puttick has compiled 236 at an average of 26.22.

The rest of the support crew have battled to make an impact. It caused the Cobras’ demise on Wednesday, as the boundaries largely dried up after the 15th over when Parnell was not facing the music.

“Throughout my career as a young player, I batted up the order and I was able to score runs on both sides of the wicket,” he said.

Parnell said he was extremely happy with the quality of his bowling right now, and says one of his aims is to reach 150 kilometres per hour consistently.

Asked about his swing, Parnell said one don’t see too many bowlers around the world swinging it, because the balls itself stop swinging.

People look at statistics, but they don’t always watch the matches. “Jon-Jon Smuts was dropped off my bowling on Wednesday, and against the Lions, Dwaine Pretorius was dropped twice off me, so my figures could have been much different,” he added.

Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach, said about the painful defeat: “We just loss the game in a few key moments. We all know what we need to do to pick it up from here.”

The Cape Cobras squad for the match against the Sunfoil Dolphins at Kingsmead is: Justin Ontong (capt), Lizaad Williams, Dane Paterson, Andrew Puttick, Wayne Parnell, Keegan Petersen, Justin Kemp, Lesiba Ngoepe, Richard Levi, Robin Peterson, Siya Simetu, Rory Kleinveldt, Mthokozisi Shezi., SA Engelbrecht.