Town - The Knights have major injury worries over their bowlers as they prepare
to face the Highveld Lions in a second versus third Sunfoil Series clash at the
Diamond Oval in Kimberley this week.
wicket-taker Duanne Olivier is the latest player to join the list of
casualties, which also includes Dillon du Preez, Shadley van Schalkwyk and
add to their woes, Quinton Friend is suspended.
think the one the thing that has been tough for us is we've lost an incredible
amount of bowlers," said stand-in coach Allan Donald. "All our top
bowlers are injured right now.
Friend was ruled out this week and so was Shadley van Schalkwyk. But it is an
opportunity for another guy to step up and use that chance.
not going to be easy, it is what it is and we'll have to cope."
was some good news on the bowling front, though, with Malusi Siboto back to
spearhead the attack. Along with Jandre Coetzee, the pair will make their first
appearances of the competition.
always a nice time when you play three, you win two and you're off to a very
confident start," Donald, who is standing in for Nicky Boje, added.
Lions are still beaming from their dramatic draw against the Cape Cobras last
weekend when the lower order helped them save the game.
Geoffrey Toyana is nonetheless looking for an improvement, particularly from
his bowlers, who only managed four wickets in the game.
didn’t bowl well," he said. "Yes I know the conditions were tough,
but we have to be better. Overall we didn’t spend too much time in the field
last week, so hopefully we can be fresher for the challenge against the
Knights. It's a big one for both sides."
Lions boss said it was unlikely that Hardus Viljoen will feature due to
national duty. Sean Jamison has been added to the squad, while Nono Pongolo is
also in contention.