Cape Town - Knights
coach Nicky Boje believes his side can take plenty of confidence from
the last Sunfoil Series round when they take on the log-leading Titans at
the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein starting from Thursday.
reigning champions were held to a draw by the Dolphins in
their last match, a match they dominated for most parts, until some
batting by the Durbaites.
However, the Knights still managed
to take over 16 points from the match and in the process cut the lead of
the Titans to just over seven points.
were probably in control for 90 percent of the game and we just
couldn't get it over the line on that last day, but overall it was a
good performance and credit
must go to my players for the positive brand of cricket they played,"
Titans, on the other, had to fight hard themselves to earn a draw after
being put under pressure by the Cape Cobras in a
clash in Benoni.
a quality side and they have some very good individuals," Boje said of
the Pretoria-based team. "They also play well as a team, so it will be a
we've got a lot of confidence from our previous game and also from the
first round of Sunfoil Series games. We do have home advantage and we
need to make sure
we use it in our favour."
Titans are one of only two sides, along with the Warriors, to have won a
match this season and Boje added: "It's almost unheard of to have had
six rounds and just
two wins, so I'm not sure how many more wins we're going to see.
think we just need to take it game by game, focus on what we need to do
and make sure we're ready to perform those big moments well."
The points taken by the Knights last week means they have closed in further on the Titans at the summit.
But visiting coach Mark Boucher believes they still have destiny in their own hands ahead of the season climax.
still in charge of our own destiny and if we can play good cricket over
the next four games then we surely will get the opportunity to win the
there's a lot of cricket to be played between now and the end of the
season. We have the Knights this week, which is very important
considering they are in the
fact, we also have the Warriors to follow and if we can win one of
those, ideally we'd like two wins, then it will leave us in a good
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