The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are relishing their first home appearance of the season and assistant coach Faiek Davids admits they are keen to make an immediate impression when they host the Warriors in the round four 4-Day Domestic Series clash in Cape Town from Monday.
The hosts have been on the road in their opening three matches, and, although they have not managed a win just yet, they have been extremely impressive.
“We’re very excited to be at home for the first time this season,” Davids enthused ahead of the Newlands encounter. “I see there’s some weather around though, but hopefully it will clear because we want to play.
“We know we’re just a win away from being in the top two or three. So, we’re not panicking and haven’t been at any stage.
“We’re well aware that we’re doing the right things, we were close in the first game, we put the (Momentum Multiply) Titans under pressure in the second one and then this last one as well, we’re playing good cricket.
“We’re not chasing anything because we know as long as we’re doing the right things we will be rewarded.”
The Cobras lost a low-scoring opening match to defending champions the Imperial Lions in Potchefstroom, but then came close to winning both their next two games against Titans and this past week at the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg.
They were just four wickets shy in each of those draws, but Davids did not let those results get him down.
“I thought we played very good cricket, we did well to restrict them to 325 and then to respond the way we did with the bat in hand was fantastic,” he added, reviewing the past week.
“There was a magnificent career-best there from Matthew Kleinveldt, a superb century from Janneman (Malan) as well and then a brilliant second wicket partnership, awesome stuff to watch.
“Then there was that fine innings by Kyle Verreynne as he has already done so many times this season.
“I think we ticked most of the boxes there. It’s just the pitch did not deteriorate enough for us to get over the line in the end. But it was a fantastic effort and extremely satisfying.”
The Warriors, meanwhile, saw their game with the Titans end in a draw this week.
It was the final match for coach Rivash Gobind, who has now left to join Lance Klusener as the assistant coach to the former Proteas all-rounder in charge of Afghanistan.
Replacement Robin Peterson has been placed in interim control and the new man says he was looking forward to starting out his new tenure in the Mother City.
“The Cobras are an experienced team and have been together for a while,” he stated. “It’ll be a challenge for us going to Newlands but it’s one of the teams you need to beat if you want to progress and move forward in the competition.
“It’s a wonderful place to go and play, Newlands, and I have no doubt it doesn’t take a lot of motivation to try and play your best cricket at one of the iconic grounds in world cricket.”
Reflecting on what he has seen of the Warriors so far this season, Peterson added: “It’s early days to comment on the season so far but great to see that they beat the Lions in a pressurised situation.
“Chasing in four-day cricket is tough regardless the total and for two young boys (Matthew Breetzke and Onke Nyaku) to get the team over the line is very encouraging.
“We need to continue producing these kinds of performances to give ourselves a chance at the backend of the competition.”