• Ram Slam T20 preview

    November 11, 2014
    Shadley van Schalkwyk bending his back

    Two form teams in the Ram Slam T20 clash on Wednesday when the Cape Cobras welcome the Knights to Paarl.

    The hosts have won their first two games, while the Knights only loss in three came courtesy of a boundary count. They tied with the Lions in Potchefstroom and then tied the super over. Neither side deserved to lose, but on the basis of more boundaries the Lions were awarded the points.

    In real terms, neither the Cape Cobras or Knights have been beaten on the scoreboard. Their West Indian imports have had a big role to play in their success. Andre Russell has led the attack for the Knights, while Kieron Pollard has been effective with bat and ball for the Cape Cobras.

    They will both be motivated for the clash as a win could propel the victor to the top of the table. It is probably more important for the Knights to prevail as a loss would leave them with two wins from four outings, which is not good enough to maintain a top three position.

    Players to watch:

    Former Wynberg Boys’ High School pupils have started for each team. Richard Levi has been at his destructive best for the Cape Cobras, scoring 125 runs in two games at a strike rate over 200. If he gets going then the hosts should rack up their third win on the bounce. For the Knights, Shadley van Schalkwyk has been a revelation with the ball. His deceptive change of pace and accuracy have allowed him to go at less than six runs an over through the tournament, while he’s also chipped in with some valuable wickets. If he can keep a lid on his former school teammate then the Knights could pull off an upset.

    Prediction:

    The Cape Cobras are a team of stars and if just a couple of them come off they will win the match on their own. For this reason, the hosts should continue their impressive start to the tournament.

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