Klein­veldt hopes he can show Co­bras bowlers value of Plans B and C

Cape Argus - - Sport - ZAAHIER ADAMS

LIZAAD WIL­LIAMS and Tshepo Moreki have a few sea­sons’ ex­pe­ri­ence and they must show what they are made of and step up to the plate as bowlers for the Cape Co­bras.

That is the view of vet­eran seamer Rory Klein­veldt, cur­rently act­ing as a bowl­ing con­sul­tant for the Co­bras while nurs­ing an ab­dom­i­nal mus­cle in­jury.

Klein­veldt’s ba­sic de­sire is for the bowlers se­lected for the next two Sun­foil Se­ries games to find greater con­sis­tency and ap­ply con­stant pres­sure from both ends.

Matches against the War­riors at New­lands from Mon­day. and the Dol­phins at the Recre­ation Ground in Oudtshoorn from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 23, will bring an end to the first half of the four-day com­pe­ti­tion.

All the matches in the first three rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion have ended in draws.

Klein­veldt, 34, is up­beat about the chances of the Cape side pro­duc­ing the first win of the sea­son next week.

The Cape Co­bras have mostly been with­out four in­ter­na­tional bowlers – Klein­veldt, Ver­non Phi­lan­der, Dane Pater­son and Wayne Par­nell. The lat­ter two are set to rep­re­sent the Proteas in the ODI se­ries against Bangladesh. Klein­veldt and Phi­lan­der are in­jured.

In terms of the col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Co­bras’ at­tack, Klein­veldt lamented the lack of con­sis­tency.

“We are leak­ing too many bound­aries and op­po­nents are bat­ting at a run-rate of 4 or 5 per over. We should be ap­ply­ing and sus­tain­ing more pres­sure from both ends,” he added.

The Co­bras have been with­out a ded­i­cated bowl­ing coach since Charl Langeveldt was ap­pointed part of the Proteas man­age­ment team and there­fore Klein­veldt can fill a void and help to in­spire the side.

The vastly ex­pe­ri­enced seam bowler, who has taken 436 wick­ets in 143 first-class matches, al­most feels a moral obli­ga­tion to as­sist the new-look bowl­ing at­tack.

He said when he played club cricket for Vic­to­ria in Grade 11, there were elder states­men like Ash­ley Abra­hams, the skip­per, Eu­gene Moleon and oth­ers who shared their knowl­edge and their in­sight into game plans for each sit­u­a­tion with him.

When he played in his maiden sea­son for West­ern Prov­ince, Langeveldt, Charl Wil­loughby and Alan Dawson never shirked their re­spon­si­bil­ity to as­sist him. He learned in­valu­able lessons from the three in­ter­na­tional swing bowlers.

Now he is itch­ing to share his knowl­edge with a will­ing at­tack, some of whom are at the in­fancy stages of their fran­chise ca­reers. Bowlers have to switch to Plan B and C to force bats­men into mis­takes in­stead of gift­ing them free runs, is Klein­veldt’s ob­ser­va­tion.

Klein­veldt’s pos­i­tive mind­set and skillset can help to trans­form the for­tunes of tal­ented bowlers like Wil­liams, Moreki, Michael Co­hen, Ja­son Smith, Dane Piedt, GF Linde and Kyle Simmonds.

l Phi­lan­der could re­turn for the four-day match start­ing on Oc­to­ber 23.

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