Four talking points: Warriors vs Cobras

2014-10-20 09:36
Colin Ingram (Gallo Images)
The Warriors struggled again after losing by 72 runs to the Cape Cobras in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. The result meant the Warriors were in last place on Friday after losing in the not-so-friendly City, but they bounced back on the weekend, after beating the Dolphins. Here are some key points from Friday’s match.

Colin Ingram, and only Ingram:

For the second consecutive week Colin Ingram has delivered on his part.  Last week he made a stylish 65 and on Friday night, he had scored the most runs out of both sides, equal with Cobras opener, Andrew Puttick, with 101.  As pleasing as it may seem that Ingram reached a milestone, it is however only Ingram who has actually delivered in terms of scoring runs.  Ingram was the educator of the match yet again, after delivering text book shots all around the park, from square-cuts, to cover-drives, to hook shots and even reverse sweeps.  Therefore is he an educator for the public eye or should he be an educator to his fellow batting counterparts?

Spinners hindering our run rate:

Colin Ingram and Michael Price started giving the Warriors batting outfit some scoring momentum after JJ Smuts fell away early on just one.  Ingram and Price set the second highest partnership of the night with 70 runs after delivering classy shots off the opening bowlers.  However, the momentum shifted when the Cobras’ spinners came into the attack.
The Ingram/Price partnership reached 6.0 per over befre the 11th over, but then dropped to 4.7 for the next 12 with Robin Peterson and Sybrand Engelbrecht bowling in tandem. Peterson was especially penetrative in his tricky spin bowling, as he took 5 wickets for the lowest economy rate of just 2.5.  This was a concerning aspect, as the momentum of the Warriors whole batting attack of the night stopped right there, even after looking confident early on. Their defence and attack against the all-important role of spin bowlers needs to be adjusted and looked at.

Bowling attack not enough just yet:

Credit can be given to Andrew Birch on taking three wickets for the Warriors, but that isn’t enough to fully knock a whole batting team to their knees.  For the second consecutive game, the Warriors were unable to get their opposition all out in their 50 overs.  Against the Lions they took just five wickets and against the Cobras they took seven, including a run out.  The Warriors’ bowlers are not quite finding that extra inch to really get under the skin of the opposition.  

Home turf advantage not utilised:

St. Georges Park is known for its smaller size and quicker outfield, however the Warriors did not utilise this to their full advantage  on Friday.  Before the 11th over, styling and sneaky shots were delivered through small gaps, and found the boundary every time, proving the advantage of the field.  But when the Warriors started to slump, shots were too often hit straight to fielders or into areas where fielders could easily scramble to. Failing to use the Powerplay and the knowledge of home conditions has cost the Warriors thus far.

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