Cape Town - Warriors
coach Rivash Gobind insists that their One-Day Cup success over the
past weekend is now history as they look forward to a return to Sunfoil Series
action against the Highveld Lions in East London starting from Thursday.
franchise season hits the final straight this week when the second half of the
four-day competition resumes.
teams are still in contention for the title, with just under 24 points
separating the Titans on top from the Lions at the bottom - the former
beating the latter for the only overall win of the season in the last round.
limited-overs competitions have since followed, with the Titans winning the RAM
SLAM T20 Challenge and the Warriors sharing the 50-over title with the Dolphins.
feels they need to start from scratch at Buffalo Park.
take some heart from that, but as I keep reminding my players, that’s come and
gone now," he said. "This is a new start and our progress hinges on how well we
can adapt to the format and the performance we turn in on the day.
are pretty confident, but we all know that it's a totally different skill set
that we’re going to require now in the last bit of the season.
looking forward to it. The way the competition has gone in the first half of
the season, pretty much every team is still in the running so it makes for an
are coming off a massively disappointing few months when they missed out on the
play-offs in both white-ball competitions, each time to the Warriors.
Gobind believes that form has little relevance to the longer-format game.
been quite consistent playing four-day cricket over the last few years, so
obviously what has happened for them in the white ball game will have no
bearing on the game," he added.
how to win four-day games, but this will be an opportunity for us in East
London. It's different to what they are used to at the Wanderers and we’ll try
to use that to our benefit."
counterpart Geoffrey Toyana admits it has been an underwhelming season for his
charges, but says they are ready to put in one final push in a bid to salvage
something from the campaign.
prepared well over the last couple of days," he stated. "Yes, we remain
disappointed with how the 50-over competition went for us, which was not ideal,
but this is now the competition we need to put all our focus on.
believe everyone, including us, has a chance. It will be key to hit the ground
running and that's what we'll be aiming to do."
Smuts (capt), Gihahn Cloete, Eddie Moore, Colin Ackermann, Lesiba Ngoepe,
Yaseen Vallie, Clyde Fortuin, Simon Harmer, Ayabulela Gqamane, Tladi Bokako,
Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla
Cook (capt), Reeza Hendricks, Omphile Ramela, Rassie van der Dussen, Nicky van
den Bergh, Wiaan Mulder, Mangaliso Mosehle, Nono Pongolo, Sean Jamison, Aaron
Phangiso, Beuran Hendricks, Dominic Hendricks.