Cape Town - Knights
coach Nicky Boje is determined to put their troublesome limited-overs
campaigns behind them as they prepare to shift focus to four-day
cricket and their Sunfoil Series resumption against the Dolphins in Bloemfontein from Thursday.
Central franchise ended last in both the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge and the One-Day Cup, but they now return to a competition where they
are the reigning champions.
The competition is in its final leg, with the next five weeks set to draw the curtain on the 2017/18 term.
six teams are still in contention, with the Knights presently second, a
little under 11 points behind the Titans, who are also the
only side to have won a game all season.
white-ball competitions are over and done with and there's not much we
can do about what happened in those," Boje said on reflection. "The
guys are all looking forward to four-day cricket starting again now.
It's a format that we've enjoyed in recent times.
"The good thing is we start with two home games and we'll be hoping to make the most of those as well.
going to be important to start well in the second part of the
competition. Especially with all the teams so close, it's going to be
to get a couple of wins early on."
Draws were the order of the day on the first round with 14 out of the 15 matches seeing the teams split results.
But Boje expects that to all change heading towards the crunch end of the competition.
must say the wickets are drier now and I expect the spinners to have a
lot more of an impact compared to early on in the season," he added. "Teams
might start preparing a lot more result-type wickets, so I think that
will make for good, exciting and positive cricket going into those
remaining five games."
Dolphins will enter the game buoyed by their first trophy success in
years after they won a share of the One-Day Cup this past
Dolphins coach Grant Morgan hopes it is the start of a new era in Durban.
got to decide whether that one trophy is our happy place or if we want
more," he said "I'm pretty sure the guys are hungry for more success
to try and create the start of something special at the Dolphins, some
glory years, and this is what we'll be aiming to do for the remainder of
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Morgan believes they are right in contention with every other side for the title.
probably going to need three wins to ensure you overhaul the Titans and
I think we've got to find a way to do that," he adds. "Luckily all
the teams are in the same position, so that, along with conditions,
could lead to more positive results."
Keshav Maharaj (capt), Sarel Erwee, Morne van Wyk, Vaughn van Jaarveld, Senuran Muthusamy,
Sibonelo Makhanya, Dane Vilas, Robbie Frylinck, Athi Maposa, Kerwin Mungroo, Zakariya Paruk, Lwandiswa Zuma, Graham Hume