Both the BuildNat Cape Cobras and Hollywoodbets Dolphins will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they meet in their Momentum One-Day Cup clash at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday.
The competition enters its second round of matches with the home side currently placed last with seven points, while the visitors are just about holding on to second place with 13 points.
In what is a congested log – where the top side, the Multiply Titans, has won three matches and the bottom team two – the race for the play-offs is still wide open. The Cobras will need to get a move on however, after losing to the bizhub Highveld Lions in their last match on Friday.
Captain Dane Piedt is looking for a far better showing from his charges.
“What we need in the last five games, is to perform the basics well and execute our skills,” he said. “We require even more clinical performances from all the players.
“We have a very experienced unit who knows what is needed to power the Cobras to a win against the Dolphins.”
Piedt also offered some insight into their team selection after Dane Paterson returned from Standard Bank Proteas duty in New Zealand.
"We will be bolstered by the return of Paterson, who represented South Africa in New Zealand,” the skipper adds.
“We will definitely be fielding three seam bowlers. We must take care of lapses that undermine our effectiveness with bat or ball.”
The Dolphins too have a reinforcement in the form of big-hitting opener, Cameron Delport. They are also set to be bolstered later in the week for their fixture against the Warriors by top-ranked ICC one-day and Twenty20 bowler, Imran Tahir as well as rising star, Andile Phehlukwayo.
“It is great to have the likes of Andile and Imran back,” coach Grant Morgan said. “They have been absolute world-beaters for the Proteas and it will be good to have them back in the mix going forward in the Momentum One Day Cup.
“With the likes of those two and Cameron Delport back in the mix, it’s definitely one of the strongest squads we could assemble."
The Dolphins do not have a good record against their opponents this season and Morgan is hoping to change that on Wednesday, adding: “We really do owe the Cobras one considering we haven’t beaten them this season.”