Cape Town - Knights
coach Nicky Boje rued their luck with the weather more than anything else after
the first half of their Sunfoil Series season.
competition reached its halfway stage last week following the conclusion of
round five, with the defending champions sitting second on 68.70 points,
trailing the Titans (79.68) at the summit, after drawing all five
matches thus far. All the games, bar the final one for the Titans, have been
drawn so far.
Franchise had some wretched luck with weather, though, with most of their matches
three out of the five games where we only played two-and-a-half days, so it was
quite difficult to get results from that," Boje commented. "The wickets were
also quite flat, so batting friendly wickets and that didn't help."
Knights coach was nonetheless pleased that they remained within striking
distance of the leaders, despite the numerous challenges.
to still be right there in the mix," he said. "There were some good
performances by the team and some outstanding individual displays as well. It’s
probably time to reflect a little bit and then look forward to a bit of
Knights won the championship last year, Duanne Olivier, who became a Proteas player in the process, and fellow fast bowler Marchant de Lange
shared 86 wickets between them.
they have had to cope without both for most of the competition - De Lange
playing just once due to national commitments and the latter thrice because of
believes they have been missed.
season we had Duanne Olivier and Marchant de Lange available for us for the
whole season, so that made a big difference and the surfaces too have been
different this time," he explained.
wickets have been more batting friendly and it's been hard work. But there's
still been a lot of positives. A couple of youngsters have had opportunities
and have grabbed them, so that's made things more exciting as well."
expecting more results in the second half of the season next year, adding: "I
think so (that we'll start to see more results). I think the wickets, with a
little more heat, will start breaking up more and you will start to see
spinners coming into play a bit more, especially in the second innings.
kinds of things will make a difference."
The Knights focus now shifts to the shortest format, with the T20 Challenge
scheduled to begin next Friday, November 10.
again play the Warriors in the opening round.