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Wed Apr 23 08:47:33 SAST 2014

Change of guard at Cobras and Lions

ALVIN REEVES | 26 June, 2012 09:390 Comments
Paul Adams during the DHL Stormers nets session at Sahara Park Newlands on February 11, 2011 in Cape Town
Image by: Ashley Vlotman / Gallo Images

THE Cape Cobras are expected to name Paul Adams as their new coach Tuesday while further north the Highveld Lions will begin the search for a successor to Dave Nosworthy.

The Cobras are tipped to hand former test spinner Adams the position vacated by Richard Pybus, who quit the job earlier this year.

Adams faces a daunting task filling the boots of Pybus, who helped secure two trophies for the Cobras last season. The left-arm unorthodox spinner has not had much experience as a coach and he may find the pressures at this level taxing.

Lions coach Nosworthy resigned from his post on Monday.

 The Lions Cricket Board said it had accepted his resignation and agreed to his request to sever ties after a one-month notice period, despite Nosworthy having another 11 months on his contract.

Nosworthy has overseen the Lions’ two Champions League appearances in the four years he has been in charge and has also guided a number players to national colours.

“I resigned at the beginning of June and it’s taken a few weeks for them to decide whether they would be prepared to release me early,” said Nosworthy.

The Dolphins have yet to fill their coaching berth for next season and there was early speculation Nosworthy may be headed to Durban even though they have apparently have Lance Klusener, Eldine Baptiste and Shukri Conrad on their shortlist.

But Nosworthy confirmed he had not been in conversation with any other team.

“I haven’t got anything planned. It was really just a decision to move and look for greener pastures and see what’s around. I’m now part of the 40% unemployed,” Nosworthy said.

“It is always a sad time when one parts ways with a unit that is on the brink of bigger and better things,“ he added.

“But I feel that the time is right for me to move on after considering various aspects and options.

“There have been a number of personal and principled factors involved in my decision, and these have led me to decide to look for greener pastures.”

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