Dane Piedt is bowling "fantastically well" at the moment, due to a combination of his Liquorice Allsorts-variations, and his Graeme Swann-like revolutions, says Justin Ontong, a former South African test batsman and captain of the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras.
The 24-year old Piedt, offspinner of the Cobras, and Simon Harmer, 25-year old offspinner of the Chevrolet Warriors, are currently the leading wicket-takers in the Sunfoil Series this season.
Harmer, a regular figure in the South Africa A team, has captured 31 wickets in seven games at an average of 34.51.
Piedt has removed 28 batsmen in five matches at an average of 21.28. In his previous Sunfoil Series clash against The Unlimited Titans, he took 6-100 in the second innings.
He achieved a hat-trick two weeks ago against the Sunfoil Dolphins as he and Travis Muller sent the visitors packing.
Yet, for all his guile and control, Ontong still thinks Harmer is half a length in front of the relatively inexperienced Piedt. He would rather like the young bowler to feature in the SA A team for the tour to Australia later in 2014, rather than to jump the queue or pecking order and bypass Harmer.
"One of the things that impressed me about Dane, is how quick he bowls and the revolutions he gets on the ball, almost like Graeme Swann. It is very difficult for batsmen to advance down the pitch and to hit him over the top.
"His subtle variations of pace is something that he bamboozles batsmen with.
"He has the top-spinner, the arm ball and even a so-called Carrom delivery that he uses that spins the other way, but he seldom employs that at first-class level, because it is his variation of pace and the amount of spin that gets him the wickets," said Ontong.
Harmer has captured 189 wickets in 49 matches at an average of 32.41, while Piedt has 135 scalps to his name at an average of 25.11 in 38 matches.
Ontong said he would like Piedt to add consistency to his game and become shrewder in reading pitches and opposing batsmen before he is elevated to the national team.
Yet, the former South African middle-order batsman is already a fan of Piedt, acknowledging that his economy rate and ability as a holding bowler has richly benefited the Cobras this season in the domestic four-day showpiece.