The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras stuttered in their first RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match, losing by nine wickets to the bizhub Highveld Lions, but the Cape-based franchise has come back strongly and has another chance to make an impact when they take on the unpredictable Nashua Titans team at Sahara Willowmoore Park on Thursday.
The Nashua Titans have had a mixed bag of results with their opening fixture being rained out. They have lost one and won one and the defending champions are riding a see-saw of form in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.
After winning two games on the trot, Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras coach, Paul Adams, believes that his side can take a lot of positives from the wins and hopes that his charges will continue to grow as the competition progresses.
"We have to take a lot of positives out of those two wins especially after losing our first game. I also think it's important that we have a steady growth of improvement as we go along,” said Adams.
The Cape-based franchise has impressed with the bat with two of their players, Richard Levi and Dane Vilas, already in the top scorers’ list, but the coach feels fielding and death bowling are areas which can be improved.
"The batting has been really great and the foundations have been set by our top order, but I do think we can improve a bit in our fielding and our plans in the bowling department. Beuran Hendricks is our striking factor in the first couple of overs, but we need to find somebody towards the back end who can take responsibility too.”
Their struggles with the ball were particularly evident in their first match when the bizhub Highveld Lions chased down 184 with seven balls still remaining and nine wickets in hand. Not being entirely on top of their game has also cost the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras two bonus points. While Adams admits that the team has been in a position to pick up those extra points, he insists that the focus should be on winning the match.
"We have been in positions to try and get those points and we have missed out a bit, but I think it's important to focus on the win first and foremost.”
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras have two international stars in their midst. Owais Shah has been a regular at the franchise for a while now and Adams says Azhar Mahmood is settling in well and believes that he will become more and more valuable as the tournament progresses.
"Both our overseas recruits have settled well. Shah has been here for a couple of years and Mahmood is a true professional and he is starting to get a bit more comfortable around the guys. He's a versatile player within the team and with time I think he will find his feet.”