THE ICE-MAN COMETH... Ferisco Adams helped pull the game through for the Cobras vs the Titans at Newlands Cricket Ground. Photo Credit: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

THE Cape Cobras are certainly not doing boring in this season’s RamSlam T20 Challenge after yet another thrilling victory over the Titans at a roaring Newlands on Friday evening.

After limping through their run-chase the home side were left requiring 10 runs off the final over with only three wickets remaining.

Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris was tasked with delivering those last six balls to Cobras tailenders Ferisco Adams and George Linde.

But like Adams has shown already with the ball in this competition that he has ice running through his veins, it was now his turn to do the business with the bat.

With Morris feeling the pressure by delivering a wide first ball and the Cobras edging closer every ball, Adams became an instant Newlands hero when he smashed a full toss of the penultimate ball for a boundary past square leg to send the crowd into raptures.

It certainly was a victory stolen from the jaws of defeat, which also condemned the Titans to their first loss of the competition.

To be fair, the Cobras should have been much more clinical in their run chase after the bowlers had done a superb job.

Dane Paterson has certainly hit form at the right time as the Cobras opening bowler once again spearheaded the home attack. He was particularly good with then new ball when picked up the two huge wickets of Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram cheaply.

He then returned to pick up another massive scalp when Morris was caught by Adams to finish with 3/28.

Rory Kleinveldt was also his miserly self again conceding just 19 runs in his four overs.

Titans in-form batsman Farhaan Berhardien kept the visitors innings together with a battling 43 off 30 balls to push the Titans to 132/9.

Both teams sport relatively long tails but it was the Cobras’ one which wagged best when it was required to. A positive start of 39 for first wicket between the recalled Richard Levi (27 off 22 balls) and Hashim Amla (12 of 15 balls) was wasted when both openers departed within four runs of each other.

More importantly, just four runs were scored during that period as the visitors began tightening the noose.

The pressure only increased when left-arm chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi was introduced into the attack from the Wynberg End.  The Proteas spinner maintained the pressure by having Aviwe Mgijima stumped and Kyle Verrynne trapped lbw.

But that brought Adams and Linde together at the crease and the two Cobras youngsters showed great spirit to keep the their team’s hopes of a home semi-final firmly alive with their fifth victory in six matches.

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