Cape Town - Warriors
coach Malibongwe Maketa is hoping to build on the encouraging start
they made to the season last weekend when they host the Cape Cobras
in round two of the Sunfoil Series at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth
starting from Thursday.
men from the Eastern Cape were held to a draw by the Highveld
Lions in Johannesburg, a match they dominated for long periods, before
the sides could not be separated on the final day.
was a great start for us in terms of the positives, especially on what
we produced last season," Maketa said. "We've been calling out for guys
to score hundreds and they did that in Jo'burg.
"I was also pleased with the bowlers, who delivered in partnerships which helped us create pressure.
"So it was great to see, it was very encouraging and now we’ll hope to come back home and build on that against the Cobras."
were centuries from Eddie Moore and new captain Jon-Jon Smuts, while
David White came close to making three figures. The likes of Lesiba
Gihahn Cloete, Sisanda Magala, Andrew Birch and Anrich Nortje also
hoped these players would be able to produce another strong showing
against their Cape opponents.
"We always enjoy the challenge of playing
against a strong franchise like the Cobras and it will be great if we
can go on and deliver against them," he added. "A lot of people will
judge us by the way we perform against them and that is exciting for
Shamsi joined the Warriors on loan from the Titans this week and is
available for selection, while South Africa Under-19 star Matthew
is also in the squad.
Cobras, meanwhile, began their season by being shot out for 159 on the
opening day of their clash against the Knights last weekend, before
clawing their way back into the contest and eventually coming away with a
Ashwell Prince wants his team to build on their fightback in
"I don't think we started the season well on day one, but
we only improved and we'll be hoping to take the positives from that to
PE," he said.
also has no intention of taking the Warriors lightly.
"I think the
Warriors are always underestimated and you see comments like a team with
no big stars, but I think they do have plenty of experience in players
like Jon-Jon Smuts, Andrew Birch, Magala has become a very good
cricketer for them as well as Basheer Walters.
"So they're a good team and we certainly won't be underestimating them. In saying that, we're also confident in our own team."
Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma miss out for the Cobras due to Proteas commitments.
The Warriors squad:
Andrew Birch, Tladi Bokako, Gihahn Cloete, Clyde Fortuin, Matthew Breetzke, Sisanda Magala,
Eddie Moore, Lesiba Ngoepe, Anrich Nortje, Jerry Nqolo, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts (capt), Yaseen Vallie.
The Cobras squad:
Dayyaan Galiem, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Justin
Ontong, Dane Paterson, Andrew Puttick, Dane Piedt (capt), Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams.