Champions League T20
Warriors yet to make semis
Johan Botha (Gallo Images)
Port Elizabeth – The Warriors cricket team is breaking records and still unbeaten in the Champions League, but still not sure of a semifinal spot.
Even though the Eastern Cape side had won all three their first league games, they are still slugging it out with the Chennai Super Kings and Victoria Bushrangers for the top two places in Group A.
“We want to qualify for the semifinals as soon as possible (to ease the pressure), but it won’t make a difference to our approach for the next game,” said Warriors captain Davey Jacobs.
“We’ll prepare in the same way as we would for any other game.”
The Warriors’ last league game is at St George’s Park against the Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.
A little more fielding than usual will perhaps be part of the Warriors’ training for the next few days.
It was an aspect of the Warriors’ play that Jacobs was not happy with in Saturday’s game against the Central Stags. The Warriors won by six wickets.
“We’re proud of our fielding and it was not good this time. We conceded about 30 runs too many.”
He was, however, happy with the performances of experienced spinners Johan Botha and Nicky Bojé.
The spinners were excellent in a match in which the seamers struggled.
“Their bowling spells swung the match for us,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs was named man of the match for his eye-catching innings of 74 off just 47 balls.
The partnership of 149 between him and Ashwell Prince for the first wicket is the biggest to date in the League.
Jacobs’s 74 was his highest score in Twenty20 cricket and he passed the 1000-run mark in this format of the game in the process.
The Warriors’ 181/4 is also the highest score with which a winning target has been achieved in Twenty20 cricket at St George’s Park.