Warriors look to halt successive Knights

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 31, 2016

The Warriors will anticipate a chance to prevent the VKB Knights from winning their third successive Sunfoil Series match as they face at the Diamond Oval, Kimberley, which begins on Thursday.

The Knights will look to keep their title hopes alive, while pride is at stake for the Warriors, as they have yet to win a Sunfoil match this season.

The Free State franchise produced back-to-back wins against the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Cape Cobras respectively in their last two rounds of matches, which has propelled them into contention for the title.

Nicky Boje, VKB Knights Head Coach, told Cricket South Africa that the encounter with the Eastern Cape side cannot come soon enough, as his side has heeded much confidence heading into their last two games. Following the clash with the Warriors, the Knights will face the Dolphins in Kingsmead, Durban.

“We’re playing really good cricket at the moment and it’s important to be able to take 20 wickets, which we’ve done. Some of the batters are also coming to the party, so it’s going to be two big games for us,” Boje said.

Should the results in the other games go their way, a win against the Warriors may just be enough for the home side. However, Boje believes that only successive wins will be enough to carry sufficient momentum moving toward the conclusion of the series.

“We’re right in the mix and definitely need two wins if we want to have a chance,” Boje added.

The Warriors’ poor form in the Sunfoil Series will suggest that a win for the Knights is there for the taking, which could get the job half-done for the home side in a fortnight.

With that in mind, Warriors Head Coach, Malibongwe Maketa, also told Cricket South Africa that he remains positive and believes that they will be up for the challenge as underdogs.

“We batted a bit better in the last game and it was good to see guys prepared to spend time in the middle. We’ll be hoping for the same in Kimberley. The Knights always have a good attack and they’re good at creating pressure. We’ll just need to make sure we’re ready for the challenge.” Maketa said.

The Warriors’ batting line-up will be further bolstered, as young opener, Edward Moore, has been added to Maketa’s charges. The Knights’ momentous outfit goes unchanged from their recent winning successes.

The Eastern Cape side has lost seven out of their eight matches this season – with the other being a rain washout and will look to play for a solo victory in Kimberley.

Head-to-head: Knights vs. Warriors

Matches Played- 22
Knights Win- 10
Warriors Win- 4
Draw- 8

Image: VKB Knights Head Coach, Nicky Boje.