Cape Town - Knights coach Nicky
Boje concedes their T20 Challenge bid is all but over after a fifth straight
loss in midweek left them with plenty to do ahead of their next outing against
the Highveld Lions at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Friday.
have come off badly for the Central franchise ever since their bonus-point win
over the Cape Cobras in the opening match of the competition a little
under three weeks ago.
Their latest failure came on Wednesday when they sunk to
a season low of 93 all out against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth, a match they
went on to lose by eight wickets.
quite tough at the moment, but if you don’t play good cricket that’s what can
happen,” Boje said. “We’re not playing well at the moment and as mentioned previously,
one of the departments is not clicking in each game and that has been our
coach has, however, urged his troops not to let their heads drop in the
remaining four matches. They are currently bottom of the log, three points behind
the Cobras and Lions.
confirmed he will now turn to some of the more unfamiliar faces in the squad
for the closing four rounds of the competition.
“We need to
lift our heads and keep fighting,” he added. “I think what we’re going to do
now is give most of the guys in the squad a run. That’s what we’ll look to do,
because it’s pretty difficult for us to qualify from here.”
the Lions are preparing for a crunch weekend, which will also see them take on
the in-form Warriors on Sunday.
coach, Geoffrey Toyana, admits both matches are crucial for their qualification
prospects. “We’ve got a big 10 days coming up with games coming thick and
fast,” he said. “It’s the halfway stage of the competition and we’ve got some
catching up to do.
prepared well after a win on Sunday. Hopefully we can carry some of that
momentum into these last few rounds.”
have been handed a significant boost by the availability of Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius as well as opener Reeza Hendricks after
HEAD – Knights v Highveld Lions
Played - 20
Win - 09
Lions Win - 06
Tie - 02
Result - 03