T20 Challenge: Warriors look to build on positive form
Warriors’ Head Coach, Malibongwe Maketa, will be relinquish the chance for his side to capitalize on a winning opportunity as they play the bottom-of-the-log Highveld Lions at St. Georges Park on Friday evening in their T20 Challenge encounter.
After so far winning two from three games so far, Coach Maketa will certainly want his side to channel some of their positive recent form against the Lions.
“Things have gone fairly well so far and coming off that win against the Knights in the last game, there is a fair it of confidence from the guys heading into Friday,” Coach Maketa said in a debriefing.
Currently, the Warriors sit second on the overall T20 Challenge log and would look to build on their success rate to finish in the top three by the end of the fixture campaign. Thereafter, second and third-placed sides will play each other as a ‘final-berth’ qualifier; for which the winner will play the side that ended first in the final.
“We know that there’s a lot of cricket still to be played, so from that perspective we’re very cautious about looking too far ahead. It’s all about game-by-game planning and that’s how we’re looking at things,” Coach Maketa added.
With that backdrop, the Warriors need to aim to carry their positive form consistently throughout the schedule. This comes after they lost to the struggling Cobras last Friday, but beating then-log runners-up, Knights on Sunday.
After beating the Cobras in Potchefstroom on Wednesday, Lions Head Coach, Geoffrey Toyana, believes that that can add some positive psychology and momentum heading into their match against the Warriors.
“It’s still early days, but I think our win over the Cobras in Potch has given us a boost.” Coach Toyana said.
Coach Toyana, however, didn’t adrift from the fact that the Warriors may pose a potential threat on their home ground come Friday night.
“Playing the Warriors in PE is always tough. They play well in this format and on their own ground and in their own conditions, they are a tough proposition,” Coach Toyana added.
In past T20 matches, the Warriors have played the Lions 19 times, while winning 11 of them and they will be looking to make it 12 as they capitalize on home ground advantage on Friday night.
The Warriors on Friday morning announced the 14-man squad to take on the Lions, taking note that Colin Ingram will undergo a fitness test prior to the game to ascertain his participation.
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