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The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have worked very hard the past week to perfect the variations and death bowling skills, as they felt their bowling were under cooked in the three-wicket loss against the Warriors in the Momentum One Day Cup opening clash.

The mood in the team is upbeat ahead of the 50-over clash with the VKB Knights at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

“We did not execute the way we should have in terms of variations with the ball when we played against the Warriors,” said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

“Our death bowling was under cooked. Dane Paterson did not execute the way he normally executes in terms of variations and death bowling.”

Talking about the batting, he said the top-order was guilty of some soft dismissals which impacted on the eventual total.

“We are equipped in the batting order to play a touch game and a power game. If we can lay the foundations for players like Jason Smith, GF Linde and even Paterson, they can blossom and clear the boundaries,” Davids said.

Probed about the Knights, Davids said they are a good white-ball unit with bowlers like Marchant de Lange and Shadley van Schalkwyk as well as Mbulelo Budaza, while batsmen like Pite van Biljon and Keegan Petersen have the qualities to score big.

Dane Piedt, the captain, said, “We didn’t win the critical moments against the Warriors and must do it against the Knights. It also includes the fielding, which, against the Warriors, lacked the accuracy and the intensity required to win close matches.”

Zubayr Hamza, who scored 49 against the Warriors, is still in the Proteas squad and has not been released for the clash with the Knights. He is replaced by David Bedingham.

JP Duminy has not recovered fully in time for this match, whilst Simon Khomari and Mthiwekhaya Nabe also miss out on the trip due to injury.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt (c), Pieter Malan (vc), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Isaac Dikgale, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne.

Gihahn Cloete’s century lit up the opening match of the 2018/19 Momentum One-Day Cup after it helped the Warriors secure an upset three-wicket win over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl on Friday.

There was also an invaluable half-century by rising young teenage star Sinethemba Qeshile after he struck a critical 54 off 56 balls (4 fours) that helped carry the defending champions over the line in their pursuit of 277.

They got there with one ball to spare in the end, but only after making heavy weather of a chase that began with left-hander Cloete, who made 110 (127 balls, 11 fours), and Matthew Breetzke (57 off 71 balls, 7 fours) handing them a flying start of 110 for the opening wicket.

The match was the first of the 50-over season after the 4-Day Domestic Series concluded last Friday.

And those who turned up for the game were provided plenty of entertainment from both sides as the Cobras initially did well to post 276 for six, thanks to an entertaining career-best 84 from another big prospect for South African cricket, Kyle Verreynne.

The 21-year-old struck one six and five fours in his 76-ball innings to marshal the middle order after contributions of 54 (60 balls, 6 fours) from Pieter Malan and 49 by Zubayr Hamza at the top.

There were also starts for Janneman Malan (23), Isaac Dikgale (22) and George Linde (23 not out), with recently capped Standard Bank Proteas Lutho Sipamla the pick of the bowlers with three for 50.

Cloete’s third career 50-over ton then led the response for the visitors, who shared the title with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins last year, as they cruised along for the bulk of the chase to reach 207 for two in the 42nd over.

But Jason Smith grabbed three for 46 to send some panic to the Warriors’ dugout.

However, 19-year-old Qeshile kept his cool with a composed innings that took his side to the brink, with Sisanda Magala (nine not out) striking a critical boundary to secure the win.