Adams lauds Cobras' team collective

Adams lauds Cobras' team collective

Nashua Cape Cobras coach, Paul Adams, paid tribute to the consistency of performance throughout his side after a 33-run victory over the Chevrolet Knights saw the Cobras crowned RAM SLAM T20 champions.


Having added that trophy to the Newlands cabinet, Adams has now won titles in all three formats since taking the reins at the start of the 2012/2013 season.

Every Cobras player could point to some contribution to last night’s victory in front of a crowd of 13,559, whether it was a handy knock, a cheap spell with the ball or a string of good catches in the field.

“That’s the thing with finals - I think sometimes it takes a team collective, where you need to fall back on your team structure in pressure moments. I thought there were also some brilliant individual performances that created the spark - Omphile Ramela came in and played a superb knock that just sparked our innings and got it going, and then Kieron (Pollard)’s experience towards the back end was also crucial,'' said Adams.

Pollard scored an unbeaten 43 from 23 balls and then took 3 for 21 in his four overs to cap a brilliant stint with the Cobras, during which he has been one of the standout performers in the competition.

“The pro’s contribution was massive for us. We always look at good Twenty20 players as impact players, and I think Richard Levi and Kieron Pollard’s impact has been huge,'' he added.

While the final scoreline in the final suggested a straightforward victory for the Cobras, in truth the Knights were right in the match going into the final five overs, when they needed 60 runs with seven wickets in hand.

However, Dane Paterson struck twice in two balls before Pollard picked up three wickets in the next over to put the game to bed.

“I thought the game was a lot closer than it actually looked in the end. We needed to take crucial wickets and hang on to crucial catches at the right times, and fortunately we managed to do that,” Cobras captain Justin Ontong said.

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