Cape Town - Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is hoping the
locals will come out and support them when they host the Warriors in a One-Day
Cup match at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Saturday.
The Cobras are yet to play a 50-over game at the venue
meaning the conditions will be a bit ‘foreign’ to them, according to Prince.
But the Cobras mentor is hoping good crowd support will make
up for their lack of experience at the facility.
“It’s a home game but a lot of the guys haven’t played there
before so it’s also going to be foreign for us,” he said. “That’s in terms of
one-day cricket because we have played a few four-day games there.
“They’ve already had some decent crowds coming out to watch
matches there, so we look forward to a nice atmosphere.
“So even though the conditions and the surface may be a bit
unknown, we hope the support can make up for it.”
Warriors coach Rivash Gobind agreed with Prince. “It’s a
little bit of a new ground for both teams,” he added. “That will be interesting
in this game because I don’t think they’ve played a 50-over game there as yet.
“So, no one will really have any advantage when it comes to
the venue and we look forward to it.”
The Cobras lost their opening match of the season when they
went down by 26 runs to the Dolphins in Durban on Thursday evening.
The Warriors on the other hand, claimed an excellent
six-wicket bonus point win over the Highveld Lions in their season opener on
Prince expects them to pose a strong challenge on Saturday.
“They had a fantastic start and I'm not surprised because
they are a good team,” he said. “Just like in the T20 competition, there aren’t
any easy teams to play against.
“There’s no easy wins at all and you know you are going to
have to go out there and graft hard to try and get the result.”
Gobind, meanwhile, was delighted by the start his side made
and hopes they can now build on it. It was also his first match as a head coach
of the franchise after replacing new Proteas assistant coach Malibongwe Maketa
for the ongoing competition.
“It’s good to get on the front foot and have that win
early,” he concluded. “It always helps as a new coach to win as well because
whatever decisions are made then people don’t question.
“There’s a few things we changed, like a few faces and the
batting order a bit. It worked, so people are not really questioning you when
Saturday’s match will be the final outing for both teams in