Sunfoil Series: Warriors to bat first with sights on second win against Cape Cobras

BY MARC JACOBSON - OCTOBER 20, 2016

The Warriors have won the toss and elected to bat first on day one against the Cape Cobras in Newlands, Cape Town, in each side’s third four-day match of the 2016/17 Sunfoil Series campaign so far. The four-day match could extend up until Saturday for a result to be reached.

The Warriors are currently placed third on the Sunfoil Series log after winning one and losing one match in their two prior encounters. The Eastern Cape side beat defending champions, Titans by six wickets in St. Georges on Friday last week. This result showed a hint of redemption, after the Warriors were thumped by an innings and 70 runs by the Dolphins in East London a week prior in their first match.

The Cape Cobras have showed horrendous form in their first two games after going down to the Lions by 10 wickets before losing to the Knights by 175 runs a week later. A part cause for their dismal results so far may have been contributed by the dismay between coach, Paul Adams, and selective dissatisfied players. Mental strength is often all the strength athletes need in order to prosper, and an unhappy team is deemed to produce unhappy results. This leaves the Cape side currently last on the log.

However, Adams has recalled for his senior players to play a more important role against the Warriors; while the side is also bolstered with the return of opener, Andrew Puttick, who was out for family reasons.

So far in their two four-day matches, which constituted of three bowling spells for the Warriors, Basheera Walters and Simon Harmer were the top bowlers with both having the highest averages and best economy rates respectively. Walters’ average is at an astonishing 17.67 with a 2.68 economy rate, while Harmer’s average is 31.14 and economy rate- 2.93.

On the batting side of their game in a total of four innings’ so far, the Warriors best scorers were Colin Ackermann and Edward Moore, scoring a total of 237 and 225 runs apiece respectively. Moore has an average so far of 75.00, which is higher due to an unbeaten performance last week against the Titans when he made 58 not out. Ackermann’s average is standing at 59.25 and he also showed fine contribution last week against the Titans when he scored the highest score in the Warriors’ campaign so far with 136.

Simon Harmer has taken to the captaincy for the Warriors in their match against the Cape Cobras. The Warriors are currently 113/1 with Moore once again contributing well with the bat making 50, before getting caught out. Michael Price is currently on 61 and is out on the crease with Colin Ackermann, who is currently on 8. 

Image: Warriors batsman, Edward Moore, in action.