Maketa: Warriors can only improve


Following the wrap-up of the Momentum One Day Cup, two of the struggling sides will resume the Sunfoil Series as the Warriors go head-to-head with Sunfoil Dolphins at Buffalo Park, East London, today.

The Warriors have had to endure a grim four-day season to date, after losing four out of their five games, with the other being a wash-out in Pietermaritzburg also against the Dolphins. After resultantly being winless this season so far, the Warriors are placed last on the Sunfoil Series log.

Warriors coach, Malibongwe Maketa, told Cricket South Africa that he believes there is still hope for the Eastern Cape side, as they can only get better from here on forth.

“We are bottom of the table and the only way for us is up. It’s what we’ll be trying to do over the next month or so,” Maketa said.

Despite the Warriors’ four-day series woes, they had managed to instil hope in the camp after reaching the knock-out Qualifier in the aforementioned Momentum One Day Cup. In addition, they had marginally missed out on the RAM SLAMT20 Challenge play-offs, positioning fourth – just two log points behind the qualified Cape Cobras.

“There were some encouraging signs in the way we played one-day cricket,” Maketa added.

“Going forward now to four-day cricket, it’s all about really trying to improve our standing on the log. So we’ve been looking at how we want to go about playing the four-day game.”

Maketa said that the major area where they will be looking to improve is in their first innings totals which have most significantly hindered their chances of competing in the competition thus far.

The coach also confirmed that a few youngsters will be given a chance, as they move forward and aim to build towards a prosperous future for the Eastern Cape franchise.

The Dolphins have since their last game, released the services of Coach Lance Klusener and has been replaced by interim coaches, Yashin Ebrahim and Roger Telemachus.

Regular captain, Morne van Wyk, also returns from injury for the Dolphins.

Coach Ebrahim also told Cricket South Africa that they will be looking to play some positive cricket without underestimating the home side.

“As far as we’re concerned it won’t be an easy game, despite the Warriors’ position on the table. They have built up some momentum with their recent performances in 50-over cricket, so we’re expecting a tight affair,” Ebrahim said.

“We’ve got a well-balanced squad and we will go there to try and win,” he added.

HEAD TO HEAD – Warriors v Sunfoil Dolphins

Matches Played: 23
Warriors Win: 5
Dolphins Win: 9
Draw: 9

Image: Warriors coach, Malibongwe Maketa