STRIKING BACK: Cobras top dogs. PHOTO: TRAVIS ARENDSE

The Cape Cobras are using the pain of their heartbreaking 4-Day Series title setback as fuel for the upcoming 1Day Cup.

Skipper Dane Piedt and his manne led the standings until the final day when they were pipped to the crown by the Lions with nine balls left in the tournament.

And ahead of Friday’s 1.30 pm, 1Day Cup opener against the Warriors at Boland Park, Piedt says that they need to channel that rage for the new competition.

The spinner says: “It was quite hard on me in the dressing-room afterwards seeing a group of young guys, all driven and pushing for the same objective as the team was.

“It was quite heartbreaking seeing their reaction.

“But I think we did a good exercise yesterday when we had no training and just walked up Newlands forest. It was to see where everybody was

“I think it is important that we lift ourselves because there is a new competition around the corner.”

Piedt will take the captaincy as JP Duminy continues his recovery after missing most of the cricket season with a shoulder injury.

The Proteas all-rounder is expected to be fit for next week’s clash against the Knights.

And Piedt adds of his veteran allrounder: “JP brings a different dimension to our team.

“We are obviously very different in our personalities.

“He is a deep thinker and those types of things are important for an inexperienced squad that is playing good cricket.”

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