Cape Town - Knights coach Alan Kruger insists he is not panicking just
yet but says there are concerns with their poor start to their One-Day
Cup campaign ahead of match four for the Central Franchise against the Warriors
in Kimberley on Friday.
The hosts have lost two out of their first three matches,
with a washed-out fixture sandwiched in between, meaning they now head to the
Diamond Oval knowing that time is quickly running out in their quest to reach
"I won't say that I'm worried, but I won't say I'm not
concerned," Kruger said. "However, there's nothing to panic about just yet.
"We still have seven matches of the campaign remaining and a
lot can happen. I think four wins is what we will need to reach the
semi-finals, so we're not yet down and out.
"But we do need to start winning and hopefully that will
happen in Kimberley."
The home side were beaten by the Cape
Cobras in the last game in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, a match they should have
won after reducing the visitors to 15 for three in pursuit of a 280-plus
"What happened in Bloemfontein was our own fault," Kruger
lamented. "We had opportunities in the game, but we just didn't put the nail in
the coffin to beat them."
Kyle Verreynne was their nemesis in that last game with his
maiden career century propelling the Cobras to a superb win.
Knights captain Pite van Biljon was disappointed with their
performance in the match. "We were probably a few runs short and needed to
score slightly quicker in those middle overs," he added.
"But after that we made the perfect start thanks to
Marchant, who blew the top order away.
"Unfortunately we couldn't drag it out, they got a bit of
momentum and finished well at the end."
The Warriors, meanwhile, will enter the game hoping to
maintain their unbeaten start to the term. After beating the Cobras in their
opening game, their second fixture was washed out.
Coach Rivash Gobind is seeking more consistency from his
"We haven't played as consistently as we would have liked, but it's
nice to have some points on the board," he said. "I thought we were very good
in that first game in Paarl, so we're just excited to have another opportunity.
"We have quite an exciting team at the moment, there's a lot
of young guys in our make up with great careers ahead of them. So we're looking
forward to them putting in more consistent performances.
"The core of our team is similar to what it's always been in
white ball cricket. It's a nice blend, even though there has been a little bit
of a transition.
"But that's been a while back now and we've had quite a
number of white ball practices and two games out of the way already. So we're
well into it now."
Summing up the Knights, Gobind concluded: "We don't take
anyone lightly, they're a good white ball side, they have some influential
players and players that have made a massive impact on franchise cricket in the