Cape Town - The Warriors and the Highveld Lions
go into their Ram Slam T20 clash at St. George’s Park on Friday night knowing
that it could prove pivotal to their campaigns after suffering back-to-back
defeats last weekend.
Both sides won their opening encounters,
breathing hope into two franchises with relatively inexperienced squads who
have not been bolstered by overseas signings or local loan deals.
However, they went on to lose on both
Friday and Sunday last weekend, and a third defeat in a row would leave them
scrapping for survival for the remainder of the league phase.
“We can’t afford to lose three in a row, so
it’s a big weekend for us,” admitted Lions coach, Geoff Toyana. “It’s been
tough for these youngsters but I feel they’ve been very competitive. We were
unlucky against the Dolphins and then we fought hard after a bad start against
Toyana has kept faith in the same squad,
but foresees a few changes to the playing XI as the Lions mull the idea of
playing three spinners at a venue that traditionally takes plenty of turn.
Warriors captain, Colin Ingram, described
last weekend as “a bit of a pothole”, and also suggested that they would
“freshen things up” in their side to try and capitalise on home advantage.
His coach, Malibongwe Maketa, backed that
assessment up, and remained confident that the Warriors can get back to the
winning form that they enjoyed in the Momentum One-Day Cup.
“I felt that we started the season really
well - the guys have been in a great space from the first game,” reflected
Maketa. “Last weekend was one of those weekends where we were outplayed, and
we’re happy with that.
“The fact that we came in and gave our best
and kept fighting to the end is pleasing. We’re confident we can pull things