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Feb 22 2012 8:24AM
 
Impi now face fierce Cobras
WARRIOR: Khaya Zondo will be hoping to get among the runs against the Cobras tonight. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
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Michael Mentz

The New Age Impi will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky when they take on a fierce Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras outfit in Paarl this evening.

In their previous encounter, against the Sunfoil Dolphins, they fell three runs short of what would have been an impressive win, but were denied by superb bowling at the death by Robbie Frylinck.

The loss, although disappointing, was nevertheless encouraging for the team as they showed great improvement from their previous match – while at the same time unearthing a few gems.

Openings batsmen Khaya Zondo was one of The New Age Impi players who took full advantage of the opportunity he was given and scored a well-struck 54 off 47 deliveries.

He said yesterday that he would like to replicate that innings against the defending champions, who will undoubtedly be asking different questions from the team.

What made Zondo’s debut knock in the MiWay T20 Challenge even more memorable was that it was done in front of many of his Durban-based peers.

“I think scoring the 50 down in Pietermaritzburg made it a little sweeter, but then to achieve that milestone at this level of the game is something I would love, no matter who the other team was,” said Zondo.

He mastered his innings on a track that kept the batsmen guessing at all times and understands that today’s challenge will be very different.

“We will be going into this one with more confidence, but the guys all know that the game can change in a few balls and that we will have to show more experience in pressure situations.

Still in the batting department, The New Age Impi yesterday confirmed that England top-order batsmen Luke Wright had joined the team, after missing the flight he was supposed to be on.

Wright arrived in the late afternoon and, if not too tired from the extended journey, might play a role alongside another addition - Australian seamer Ben Edmondson.

– michaelm@thenewage.co.za

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