Cape Town - Nicky
Boje hopes that the New Year will bring new beginnings for his Knights side as they prepare for their first match of 2018 against the Highveld Lions
at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Friday.
Central Franchise have not enjoyed the best of times in the
limited-overs formats this season. They ended last in the RAM SLAM T20
Challenge and were crushed by
defending champions the Titans in their only match of the
50-over campaign thus far.
a new year, hopefully everyone is nicely rested and we're prepared for
the One-Day Cup lying ahead," coach Boje said.
match is the first of three in a busy eight days for the Knights, while
all the other teams will be equally busy in what is a hectic start to
believes a good start in the Northern Cape could boost their prospects
for the rest of January.
"It's quite a busy schedule for all the teams,
so it's important
to start well," he said. "I think having the games coming one after the
other is good.
guys just want to play cricket and this allows them to get back into
things straight away. For us as a team, I think our disciplines have
been lacking a little
bit and it's something we've worked on quite a lot to try and improve.
Hopefully we will."
Lions have already started their year and they did so with a
disappointing 32-run defeat against the Titans in Johannesburg on
is expecting a tough game, adding: "I've said it before that all the
team are similar in quality and the Lions are no different. We just need
to focus on what
we need to do."
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana, meanwhile, is looking for a spark to light up his side after a poor showing against the champions.
After doing well to restrict the Titans with the ball, they failed to hunt down a fairly gettable 265 and were shot out for 232.
was really disappointing and we didn't deserve to win the game," Toyana
reflected. "I thought we fielded badly and we didn't bowl great in the
first 10 overs.
"And then with the bat, we just never got going. We need to bounce back now and that is key for us in Kimberley.
"It's still early in the competition and it's vital for us to keep fighting."