One Day Cup

Warriors remaining optimistic

2015-02-04 05:00
Colin Ingram (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Despite sitting bottom of the table, the Warriors are still optimistic they can make the playoffs of the One Day Cup ahead of their match against the Knights in Kimberley on Wednesday.

While the other playoff hopefuls have either one or two games left, the Warriors have three games remaining with the chance to radically improve on their eight points from seven outings.

Warriors captain Colin Ingram said his side believed they could turn things around.

"The first five games didn't go to plan in that we only won one, but coming off some good four-day wins we've been better, and even this last game (against the Cobras) went down to the last over," said Ingram.

"We've come a long way this season and we still have a chance. Our confidence is up and momentum is with us, so if we can get another win tomorrow and do well in Pretoria, we play pretty well in East London so it will give us a good chance."

The Knights play the Titans in Centurion on Friday, before their final game against the Lions in East London on Sunday.

Both the Warriors and the Knights have unchanged squads for the encounter, and the hosts also have some confidence even if they are no longer in charge of their own destiny.

A washout against the Dolphins left the Knights three points off third place, having played a game extra, but they did emerge from the fixture knowing that they had dominated what cricket was possible, having reduced the Dolphins to 45 for five.

Knights coach Sarel Cilliers said his team would be highly motivated for the clash.

"We had a good game against the Lions and we were well on track (against the Dolphins) in Maritzburg, so we got the recipe right and we're looking to extend on that," Cilliers said.

"There's no point in being flashy about anything -- I'm looking for a proper cricket game against the Warriors and if we can pull off a win then we will have to sit and wait with regards to qualification."


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