Cape Town – Cape
Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is expecting a difficult Sunfoil Series
examination against the Highveld Lions when the two begin their
clash at Boland Park in Paarl from Thursday.
visitors are the only side to have lost a match this season and have,
in fact, lost two in the past two rounds. They are bottom of the table,
but remain alive
in the competition due to the fact that no side has won more than once.
Cobras have done neither – neither have they won or lost in 2017/18 –
with their six draws leaving them fourth on the table ahead of round
They drew with the log-leading Titans in their last match, a result that did not please Prince too much.
wasn’t a good result because at the end of the game we had the upper
hand for most of it,” he reflected. “The weather cost us because we
couldn’t play on the afternoon
of day three and then play was limited on day four. So, it wasn’t a good
result for anybody, especially for us.”
The Cobras are a little under 13 points off the leaders, while the Lions are 30 points off the number one spot.
Prince is expecting a tough battle in the game and also predicts that the season will go right down to the wire.
we fancy our chances against any team in the country, but you have to
pitch up at a game, you have to play well, you have to apply pressure
because no game is
played on paper,” he added. “You can’t win on paper.
have to go out there and do everything you can to push for a result and
apply pressure for long periods like we did against the Titans. We
applied pressure for
a longer period and had the upper hand in the game.
terms of the season, I think it will go right down to the wire because
all the teams are tight. The Titans have got one win and the Warriors
one win and then all
other teams are only one win behind them. So, from that perspective,
we’re not a long way behind.”
boss Geoffrey Toyana has seen their season go from bad to worse. After a
solid start to the Sunfoil Series, they lost the last match before the
break and then
went on to endure a horrible white-ball campaign where they failed to
make the play-offs.
they appeared on course to win on their return to four-day action but
bottled a low 161-run chase against the Warriors in the first game back.
“We’ve just not played the pressure situations well this season,” Toyana said. “And that is what it all boils down to.
to chase 160 on day three was very disappointing. It was not good
enough and we’ll hope to now pick ourselves up again this week.
under pressure to perform and we have to. My players are still working
extremely hard, the mood is still upbeat and hopefully we can turn the
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