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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

“The selection of our spearhead Dane Paterson for the first two South African One-Day Internationals against Pakistan comes as a fantastic opportunity to open the Cricket World Cup door even wider. He is at the peak of his career and must use this to impress the selectors,” said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

His reaction came after it was announced that Paterson has been recalled for the first time to play for the Proteas in the 50-over format since his debut series against Bangladesh in 2017.

He was picked for the first two One Day Internationals on the 19th and 22nd January.

Linda Zondi, the national selectors’ chairman, said: “We need to look at all the options available to us as we get closer to selecting our final squad for this year’s World Cup. Rassie (van der Dussen) and Dane are two players who have been knocking strongly on the door in all formats.”

In Paterson’s case, he is currently the second top wicket-taker in the 4 Day Franchise series, with 33 wickets in six matches.

“I was happy to be selected. It was a surprise. I know the Cricket World Cup coming, but there are many good bowlers. I will have to take my opportunities,” Paterson said.

“I am happy for his selection. He is a strong bowler with a strong run-up to the wicket and he has the ability to take wickets in the power play and at the business end in the death overs as well. He can bowl the slower delivery and uses the seam to cause destruction in the power plays. He could also bowl the knuckle ball to bamboozle batsmen.” Davids added.

Paterson has captured 328 first-class wickets in 95 matches, and 97 List A wickets in 67 matches.

In the 2016/2017 season, he nipped out 42 first class victims in the first-class arena.

Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dane Paterson (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (bizhub Highveld Lions).

FIXTURES

January 19           : 13h00, 1st Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (D/N)

January 22           : 13h00, 2nd Momentum ODI, Kingsmead, Durban (D/N)

January 25           : 13h00, 3rd Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N)

January 27           : 10h00, 4th Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day)

January 30           : 13h00, 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town (D/N)

One of the most attractive sights to behold in South African white-ball cricket is to admire the death bowling skills of Dane Paterson. In the Mzansi Super League (MSL) match between the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and the Paarl Rocks, he captured 2-26 and removed Rudi Second and Sisanda Migala with his main weapon, the Yorker.

The Giants had 140 for three after fifteen overs, and lost six wickets while adding only 28 runs in the final five overs. Paterson and David Wiese were the terminators.

Paterson, a stalwart of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, took 2-10 in his final two overs and hardly made a mistake as he consistently landed those Yorkers that made him one of the best exponents of that toe-crushing delivery in international white-ball cricket.

In that 15th match of the Mzansi Super League, Paterson denied the Giants probably 15 runs and the score was competitive rather than highly challenging.

For the record: the Giants beat the Paarl Rocks by 48 runs, a bonus point-win.

Vernon Philander contributed an attractive cameo of 18 in a dramatic chase to eclipse the 230 struck by the Jozi Stars on Friday 30th November. Philander represented the luckless Durban Heat, who assembled a valiant 177 but lost too many wickets up front when Kagiso Rabada’s triple strike had the Durban team in deep trouble on four for three.

Janneman Malan shared in an 83-run opening stand for the Cape Town Blitz with the centurion Quinton de Kock on Saturday 1st December. He contributed an attractive and composed 34 as the Blitz compiled 172 for nine against the Tshwane Spartans. Malan is the leading run-scorer of the Blitz with 236 runs at an average of 39.33.

Rory Kleinveldt took 1-29 in four overs for the Spartans against the Blitz. His wicket was the prized scalp of De Kock. The Big Show, as Kleinveldt is known, also took two sharp catches at slip off the spinners Sean Williams and Jeevan Mendis.

Vernon Philander produced a quick-fire 30 off 16 balls for the Durban Heat against the Paarl Rocks, who won by nine wickets with five balls to spare at Eurolux Boland Park on Sunday 2nd December.

Dane Paterson “put his name back in the national hat” with his performance in the quadrangular series which also involved India ‘A’, India ‘B’ and Australia ‘A’, said Russel Domingo, coach of the South Africa ‘A’ team.

“Dwayne Pretorius was the most consistent bowler, but Dane was the most threatening,” Domingo, former Proteas coach, said.

“He bowled really well and got the new ball to swing. In the first match (in which Paterson took 2-33) he got the ball to nip and in the second he swung it and got good shape on the ball. Paterson captured 5-19, a match-winning performance.

To cap it all off, he struck 12 of 14 balls to help secure the four-wicket win.

“I would say in terms of World Cup selection of the final 15 players, there is still a lot of cricket to be played and it is difficult to say, but Dane put himself back into the reckoning,” Domingo said.

Paterson was at the summit of the bowling averages with 7 wickets and an economy-rate of 2.97 and an average of 15.

 

Dane Paterson, arguably the Cape Cobras’ finest strike-bowler when international stalwarts like Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell are not plying their trade domestically, nipped out 7-27 in 13.4 overs to help set up a South Africa ‘A’ win by 251 runs against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on the weekend.

The Cape Cobras’ captain, Dane Piedt, took 3-36 for South Africa ‘A’ as the hosts, who had to score 371 runs for an improbable victory, were dismissed for a paltry 119 in the second innings.

Heino Kuhn managed an unbeaten 200 in the first innings, while Heinrich Klaasen scored 103.

Aiden Markram, the SA ‘A’ skipper, who scored an undefeated 102 in the second innings before declaring the innings closed on 185 for one, sang Paterson’s praises from the Rose Bowl.

“Dane hit the right areas consistently and forced the batsmen to play at most of the deliveries. And they could not figure out whether he was nipping it away from them or into their middle-stump.

“I think it would be fair to say that there was a bit of swing and nip of the seam on offer for him, and he utilized it beautifully.

“He is a wholehearted performer who gives 110% every time he bowls,” said Markram.

Those remarks echoed the sentiments of Paul Adams and Justin Ontong, former coach and skipper of the Cape Cobras, during the Sunfoil Series campaign of 2014/2015 in which Paterson finished with 42 scalps. He was the leading wicket-taker in the domestic four-day showpiece that season.

Ontong and Adams said at the time that Paterson was a brave-hearted performer who would give everything for his team and would bowl more overs than most. Because of that 42-wicket haul, he broke into the SA ‘A’ team, but did not enjoy the best of outings on a foreign Indian pitch where most newcomers struggle to adapt in the infancy stage of their careers.

Domestically, he took 4-33 in the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge to set up a comprehensive win in the final against the Knights at PPC Newlands in December 2014.

Subsequently, he dominated the awards evening of the Western Province Cricket Association and was named Cape Cobras Player of the Season.

Paterson was slightly off the boil last season, taking 23 wickets at an average of 29.04 with a best performance of 5-79 in the Sunfoil Series.

He made his T20 International debut for South Africa and was also a member of the South African One Day International squad in New Zealand, but upon his return to the Momentum One Day Cup campaign, the Cape Cobras star struggled to emulate his heroic feats of 2014/2015.

Yet this performance at the Rose Bowl in which he ripped through the top and middle-order and restricted the hosts to a lowly 185, would go a long way in restoring Paterson’s self-confidence.

At his best, the 28-year old right-handed seam bowler is a sight to behold. Aggressive and bowling fairly straight with a good Yorker and an excellent bouncer, Paterson has taken 368 wickets in 80 first-class matches.

The worst soccer player in the Buildnat Cape Cobras team, but one of the most underrated limited overs bowlers in South Africa, is how Dane Piedt, skipper of the Cobras, light-heartedly describes his team-mate and fellow Manchester United supporter, Dane Paterson.

Paterson is on course to represent South Africa in the opening match of the T20 series against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

“He is a match winner,” says Piedt, a South African off-spinner and current Cobras’ captain. “He is the type of bowler who can capture 4-16 in a match to clinch it for you,” he said about the Buildnat Cape Cobras spearhead.

“Patto possesses a blue print for every spell. Dane is consistent, has the skills and adapts accordingly. He can bowl a consistent yorker, can swing it in the right conditions and can produce a very slippery bouncer,” he adds.

Vincent Barnes, CSA manager at the high performance centre, says Paterson is a very underrated bowler. He can operate in a Cobras attack with stars like Vernon Philander, Wayne Parnell and Rory Kleinveldt and doesn’t always receive the accolades and credit he deserves.

“Two seasons ago, he bowled with Hardus Viljoen, Marchant de Lange and Chris Morris for South Africa A against England A. The others are all world-class performers. But in that match, Dane was the most skilful of them all.
“He can bowl you cutters, yorkers, slower balls, whatever the situation demands in the shorter format. He deserves the call-up,” he added.

Paul Adams, the Western Cape High Performance Manager, said he worked with Paterson while he was the coach of the academy and saw him as a top performer who also represented Western Province.

When he came back from Natal, he performed for the Buildnat Cape Cobras occasionally, but really found his mojo in the 2014/2015-season when he captured 42 domestic wickets and also featured with 13 Ram Slam T20 Challenge scalps, including a match-winning 4-33 in the final.

“This season, he has performed very well in the power plays. On at least four occasions, he captured a wicket in the first over in the CSA T20 Challenge to put the Buildnat Cape Cobras on top,” Adams, who was instrumental in the resurrection of Paterson’s career, said.

Barnes said Paterson can easily bowl between 135 and 140 km/h but he is not a strike bowler in the 145 km/h or faster bracket.

It is rather the skills set and consistency that sets him apart.

Adams said Paterson has been unlucky on occasions as there has been international interest in his limited overs abilities but he hasn’t been able to take up the offers. One such occasion was when he was called up to the Jamaican Tallawahs, but could not represent them because he was on South Africa A duty.

A superb collective effort with the ball which caused a dramatic Warriors collapse from 237 for five to 260, was one of the highlights of the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ performance in a rain-curtailed Sunfoil Series clash at Buffalo Park in East London during the weekend.

Dane Piedt, the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ skipper, refused in typical humble fashion to take full credit for the collapse, which saw the hosts lose their final five wickets for the addition of only 23 runs in 7.4 overs of Cobras’ induced venom.

He captured 4-64 in 15.4 overs, while the recently selected South African T20 International bowler, Dane Paterson, accounted for 3-60.

“I actually just bowled consistently in the same area, and the frustrated batsmen, who were restricted by the accurate seam bowling, attempted aggressive shots against me and lost their wickets.

“Enormous credit must go to our bowling attack.

“I think going forward our support cast is so important. Usually Paterson and Rory Kleinveldt or Wayne Parnell bowl very well up front. But our support bowling need to keep the run-rate down in order to exert pressure which will bring wickets.

“And the support bowling by Jason Smith and Tshepo Moreki has been splendid,” he added.

The match between the Warriors and the Buildnat Cape Cobras finished in a stale draw after the Cobras had reached 71 for three in their second innings, an overall lead of 102 runs.

But the whole third day was abandoned due to rain which ruined the match as a spectacle from a purely cricket point of view (the farmers and the citizens of East London would no doubt have been delighted about the rain).

Piedt pointed to the inability of the Buildnat Cape Cobras to convert useful scores into substantial centuries, as the one shortcoming in the first innings. Six batsmen scored between 29 and 85 and a realistic case could be made that at least two of those useful contributors should have reached three figures.

“Yes, if we converted those scores, we could have easily slammed 350 to 400. We should have done that,” he added.

“You know what you are going to get out of Andrew Puttick. He will give it his whole-hearted commitment.”

Piedt saluted Aviwe Mgijima, who has been a consistent performer for the Buildnat Cape Cobras this season. “You have to understand that he is batting at number seven with the so-called batting tail and it is not easy to get to three figures. You have to shepherd the tail and it is not without its challenges,” he said.

From a national point of view, the return to some form by Piedt should be applauded. It might have only been four wickets in the first innings, but when the off-spinner gets some of his wizardry back and bowls an attacking line just outside off-stump, he can cause havoc, like he did last season with 39 wickets, and in 2013/2014, when he removed 45 batsmen in the four-day domestic showpiece.