Cape Town - Warriors coach Rivash Gobind is delighted with their 4-Day
Domestic Series progress and hopes they can continue the improvement they have
shown in recent weeks when they welcome the Dolphins to Buffalo
Park in East London from Monday.
The Eastern Cape franchise caused a competition shake-up by
stunning the log-leading Cape Cobras at Newlands this
past week, throwing the title-race open for the first time in 2018/19.
The Cape Town side have dominated the first-class tournament
so far this term and just two weeks ago looked like they were walking away with
But their 30-point plus lead has been slashed to
one-and-a-half over the bizhub Highveld Lions and just over 25 more than the
third-placed Warriors and Gobind is pleased with how they are playing.
always speak about judging ourselves based on going onto the field and
executing our plans,” he said.
“It's been really good these past two weeks, so
everyone is really happy with our progress.”
The hosts still have a chance of themselves winning the
title, but Gobind has rubbished such talk by insisting they were not even
thinking beyond the Dolphins.
He continued: “It makes the last two rounds exciting,
doesn't it? That’s great for the competition, but we're just taking it one game
at a time.
“It's an old cliche but it's something we're going to have
to try to do. Once we start to worry about other results and other people, then
we're going to take out eyes off the ball and I don't want our guys to do that.”
Looking ahead to the clash with the bottom-of-the-table
Durban side, Gobind added: “In franchise cricket there's no easy games, we
don't take anyone lightly, we respect everyone.
“It's all about executing your skill over the four days and
that's what we're going to try to do.”
Meanwhile, Dolphins coach Grant Morgan was mainly happy with
their performance this past week when they drew with the Knights in a match
heavily affected by the weather in Pietermaritzburg.
“We played good cricket for most parts, but disappointed
towards the end when we got a bit ahead of ourselves. But I think overall the
performance was really encouraging.”
Looking ahead to the clash in East London, Morgan hoped his
players would continue applying themselves right through until the end of the
“We must just have a mindset with this young group of not
opening a shop with a closing down sale,” he concluded.
“We mustn’t decide on
conditions and decide on things in the future. If we can stay in the now, stick
to our plans, stick to our processes and have that right mindset, we have the
capability to go a long way.
“We sometimes do what we have to for two-and-a-half days,
and then slip up. We mustn’t do that, we must avoid a situation where you do
the first 80kms of a 90km race well and then stuff your journey up in the last
“This is something we need to improve on. Hopefully in the
last two games we’ll show that improvement.”