The Cape Cobras’ off-field problems have spilled onto the field.
At least that’s how it seemed early on Day One of their Sunfoil Series match against the Lions yesterday.
At lunch, coach Paul Adams’ unhappy slange were already 80/8 after choosing to bat first.
The early indications were that the only venom the Cape side has at the moment, is the gif they spat at Adams in an effort to remove him from the position of head coach before the season even started.
Having failed in their quest, Adams entered the Lions match a hopeful figure, saying: “Look, I think it’s still [a case] of relationships to build, especially with what we’ve gone through – it doesn’t just happen overnight.
“We’ll look to work hard as a group on a few things, and make sure that at the end of the day, cricket becomes the winner.
“We are all professional in what we want to do, and ambitions of where we want to go.
“It’s important that everyone is on the same page, and we understand that everyone’s also got personal goals. But we need to work together to achieve it.”
It didn’t look like they were on the same page, being bowled out for 102, with the likes of Omphile Ramela (10), Andrew Puttick (4), Stiaan van Zyl (1), Dane Vilas (1), Vernon Philander (0) all getting out cheaply.
Zubayr Hamza top-scored with 29.
But then as they took the field to bowl, it was Philander that got the Cobras’ tail up when he removed Stephen Cook for five.
That gave the Cobras some hope of biting back in the match and despite the best efforts of Temba Bavuma, who ended the day on 63*, Adams would have been fairly happy with his team as the Lions were on 141/8 at stumps. Jason Smith was the destroyer-in-chief, claiming 4/24 for the visitors.