Adams keeps the Cobras ticking
After getting their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge campaign off to a shaky start, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras have a chance to make amends when they take on the Chevrolet Knights at Boland Park on Friday.
Despite posting 183 against the bizhub Highveld Lions in their first match, the Cobras suffered a nine-wicket loss in their first match and skipper Justin Ontong, who has led the team to win two trophies this season already, believes the key is to focus on every match, instead of getting too carried away with the bigger picture.
"The key to our success has been to take every game as it comes. We should never get ahead of ourselves and just play every game to our potential,” Ontong said.
Ontong also believes that all the teams competing in the T20 competition are strong and every one poses a threat in one way or the other. "We need to stay humble and work hard. I think the T20 trophy is the toughest one to win; all the teams in the competition are equally strong,” said Ontong.
Under Paul Adams, who took over the coaching reins at the start of the season, the Cobras have thrived. The Western Cape franchise won the Sunfoil Series trophy and shared the spoils in the Momentum One Day Cup with the Highveld Lions.
Ontong says that Adams has been an immense influence. "Paul has been exceptional. There was a lot of doubt from a lot of people that he wouldn't be able to make the step up from player to coach, but he knows the ins and outs of the game.
"He's played cricket all his life and he's used all that experience to help put us on the right track,” the skipper added.
After posting such a massive total against the Lions and suffering such a comprehensive loss might get a side’s spirits down a bit, but Ontong says that one of Adams’ skills is to keep the team going, even when they are going through a bit of a slump.
"His player management skills are really good. He knows what makes the guys tick and he gets a good vibe going when the guys are a little bit down. As a captain I've really enjoyed him and the environment he has created,” Ontong added.
The match is being played at Boland Park, a venue which has been known for the cricket-loving public flocking to fill up the stands and Ontong hopes that the brand of cricket the Cobras are playing will encourage even more people to attend the shortest format of the game.
"We've been playing a good brand of cricket this season and I think we have been well supported, I hope we get to see some even bigger crowds with the RAM SLAM T20 series,” he said.