Adams will bounce back – JP

And he will have a chance tonight against the high-fly­ing Ti­tans

Pretoria News - - SPORT - ZAAHIER ADAMS Cape Town

CAPE Co­bras cap­tain JP Du­miny be­lieves all­rounder Ferisco Adams will bounce back af­ter his night­mare fi­nal over at Boland Park on Wed­nes­day evening.

Adams has been the Co­bras’ go-to-guy dur­ing the death overs in limited-overs cricket this sea­son. He was par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive in the Ram Slam T20 Chal­lenge, where he won a hand­ful of games for the Co­bras purely through his vari­a­tions at the end of the in­nings.

How­ever, at his home ground in front of friends and fam­ily, Adams fi­nally suc­cumbed to the pres­sure.

Faced with de­fend­ing 11 runs off the fi­nal two balls in the Mo­men­tum One-Day Cup en­counter with the Dol­phins, the Rober­ston-born bowler could only look on in de­spair as Rob­bie Frylinck despatched both de­liv­er­ies for six over mid­wicket.

Adams cut a dis­traught fig­ure as he slumped to the ground af­ter the fi­nal ball, but it was Du­miny who was there first to lift him off the pitch.

“The way we see it, he has been ab­so­lute gun for us in that sit­u­a­tion through­out the sea­son.

“There was al­ways go­ing to be a time that some­one got hold of him, and un­luck­ily for Ferisco it was last night,” Du­miny told In­de­pen­dent Me­dia.

“He has good skills, and he is gen­er­ally calm in those sit­u­a­tions.

“I am sure he will bounce back, but it is go­ing to be a good test of char­ac­ter.”

Adams, and the Co­bras, do not have much time to dwell on the Dol­phins dis­ap­point­ment as they need to get back on the sad­dle to­day when the Ti­tans visit New­lands.

It cer­tainly is a high­light on the do­mes­tic cal­en­dar for the “North-South” derby has been reignited over the past cou­ple of months.

The Ti­tans are the reign­ing Ram Slam T20 Chal­lenge and Mo­men­tum One-Day Cup cham­pi­ons, but it is the Co­bras that have sent Mark Boucher’s side pack­ing re­cently.

The Co­bras have won the last two en­coun­ters be­tween the teams – across for­mats – and cer­tainly don’t have any­thing to fear.

Coach Ash­well Prince has in­ti­mated as much in re­cent in­ter­views, while Du­miny be­lieves the tim­ing of the game also suits the home side.

“Gen­er­ally, those types of games (the Dol­phins de­feat) has a way of leav­ing a bit­ter taste.

“Lots of thought goes into where you could have done some­thing dif­fer­ent,” Du­miny ex­plained.

“But we can’t af­ford to that. There is a quick turn­around and we need to switch back on im­me­di­ately.

“The Ti­tans are never an easy game.

“But we have found a way to be suc­cess­ful against them, prob­a­bly be­cause each guy just wants to lift his game by 10 per­cent when we play the Ti­tans.”

Du­miny was a bit ham­strung against the Dol­phins with his reg­u­lar new-ball pair of Dane Pater­son and Rory Klein­veldt miss­ing the match. The pair have been im­mensely suc­cess­ful for the Co­bras re­cently, of­ten set­ting the tone up­front and was sorely missed at Boland Park.

The Co­bras skip­per ex­pects both to be back in ac­tion at New­lands with Klein­veldt hav­ing re­cov­ered from a knee in­jury and Pater­son a vi­ral in­fec­tion.

“It was merely a pre­cau­tion at Boland Park, but we’ll have a look at them in the morn­ing. I am con­fi­dent both Rors and Patto should be ready though,” Du­miny said.

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COOL AND CALM: Ferisco Adams has been great for the Co­bras this sea­son and will have a chance to show his skills against the Ti­tans tonight. His skip­per JP Du­miny is back­ing him to come right af­ter hor­ror fi­nal over against the Dol­phins on Wed­nes­day.

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