Smith set to return for Momentum One Day Cup

Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras all-rounder Jason Smith is set to give coach Ashwell Prince a timely boost ahead of the Momentum One Day Cup, as he returns from an injury which saw him miss the entire first half of the season.

Smith last played a competitive cricket match back in March 2020 during last season’s Momentum One Day Cup and Prince is delighted to have one of his star all-rounders back in the selection mix.

“He was really unfortunate in pre-season, rolling his ankle at training that caused him to miss all of the first half of the season; we’re delighted to have him back. His versatility gives us great options and balance to the team. Having missed so much of the season, I’m sure he’s really hungry and raring to go.”

Cricket South Africa recently confirmed the Momentum One-Day Cup will commence on Saturday, 9 January, with a revised number of 15 matches set to take place in a bio-secure environment (BSE) at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom and Smith is aiming to make an impact when the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras kick off their campaign in Pool B later this month.

“It’s been a very long wait for my return, I’ve been waiting patiently, doing my rehab and doing the work I need to do so I am extremely excited to get back out there and join the squad. Everyone else’s season started in October and my season only starts, now so I am more than ready to get going. My goal for this competition is to be right up there with the top run scorers and contribute with the ball as much as I can.”

The 50-over competition has been relocated to one stadium and will be played behind closed doors to minimize the risk of transmission of Covid-19.  

The six competing franchises remain divided into two pools of three teams each. Defending champions, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins share Pool A with the Momentum Multiply Titans and VKB Knights and are scheduled to play each other on a home and away basis within their pool between 09 – 16 January. 

The Imperial Lions, Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras and Warriors make up Pool B and are set to get their campaign underway from 29 January – 05 February.