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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince was encouraged with his team’s performance in the drawn match against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg in round 3 of the CSA 4 Day Domestic Series.

With bad light and rain hampering the match, it was always going to be tough for both teams to push for a win, but with the Dolphins 6-down by the time the captains shook hands on the draw, Prince was full of praise for his side.

“Once again, it was disappointing to run out of time to force home a result with bad light and rain on day 1 and 2 – more or less a full day’s play was washed out. That ended our chances of pushing on for the victory.

“In the first innings, it was really encouraging on a flat pitch to get them 9 wickets down for 325 so credit to all our bowlers. Unfortunately Pieter (Malan) lost his wicket early at the start of our 1st innings, but Janneman (Malan) and Matthew (Kleinveldt) were unbelievable in that partnership.

“To have a partnership of over 220, without barely offering up a chance to the fielding side, is remarkable and an unbelievable effort from those two.

“Kyle (Verryenne) chipped in with another half century – he is in rich vein of form at the moment.

“There has been a lot of comments of late about the depth and quality of cricket in our country, but these two younger guys, Janneman and Kyle, have showed what quality they have.

Prince was also full of praise for the ‘more experienced’ Kleinveldt who notched up a career-best 175 in his 100th First Class match.

“With Matthew being a senior provincial player for a number of years who has struggled to break into the Cobras team and get a continuous run of games, it was really rewarding for him and for everyone else in the system for him to get his career best of 175. He has waited a long time for his opportunity and he took it with both hands and we couldn’t be happier for him.”

With three away matches in a row up front in the competition, Prince has been encouraged by the determination of his side as they look to earn their first win of the campaign when they face up to the Warriors at Newlands starting on Monday.

“All in all, we’ve had 2 matches back-to-back where we’ve pushed our opposition to the end. We’ve played some good cricket and that first win is just around the corner,” he concluded.