Cape Town - The Knights and the Warriors will meet in the One-Day Cup Qualifier at the
Mangaung Oval on Sunday with both teams entering the game high on confidence
after victories in their final regular-season matches on Thursday.
side made it three wins in a row when they won a thrilling contest by one wicket
against the Dolphins in Durban, while the visitors bounced back
from a Tuesday drubbing against the Titans to cruise past the
Highveld Lions by 36 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
now look to build on those results as they bid to seal a final meeting with the
Titans in Centurion next Friday (14:00 start).
Knights, their progress into the last three has been a spirited one,
particularly after it appeared that the Titans, Warriors and Dolphins were
going to be the top three.
Thursday’s dramatic win at Kingsmead, they looked out of it at
nine down and still 20-odd runs to get. But their spirit carried them through.
“It was quite
stressful there at one stage, but we managed to pull it off in the end,” said
coach Nicky Boje.
“There were some guys that played really well, and it showed
that you don’t have to always rely on the same guys.”
will have home advantage against the Warriors, but the coach is expecting a
“They’re a really good side, with some real quality players, but
I feel it will all boil down to how both sides play on the day.”
boss Malibongwe Maketa was thrilled with the reaction of his players on
Thursday night, particularly after their demolition by the in-form Titans
earlier in the week when they fell for the lowest score of the season of 147.
“It was a great reaction and will give us a huge amount of confidence going
into this next stage,” he said.
“We’ve been lucky enough to have played in a
few big games like this one in the past few seasons, so we will draw on that
experience to help us get through.”
Knights, whom the Warriors beat in both league meetings this term, Maketa felt
they would present a huge challenge for his side.
“Playoff games are about who
pitches up on the day and both sides will have an equal chance at the start,”
“They will be confident because of the amount of close games
they’ve had, so it will be tight.”
have retained faith in the same squads that served them well in the last game
and have not reported any fresh injuries.
The match starts at 10:00.