Cape Town - The Cape Cobras and Warriors are both hoping to use their most recent RAM SLAM T20
Challenge outings as springboards that will help contend for semi-final
positions ahead of their showdown at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday.
The hosts enjoyed
an excellent past weekend, which began with victory over the Highveld
Lions at the same venue last Friday and ended with a win over the Knights
at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday.
results came on the back of a hat-trick of defeats from their opening three
matches and captain JP Duminy hopes their campaign can now get going.
definitely was (a launchpad for us),” he said.
“It’s a big morale boost for us
as a team after we had a tough two weeks in the first three games, so it’s
always good to build a little bit of momentum.”
of their losses were on the road and they have looked much more comfortable
back in the Cape. A capacity crowd turned out to get behind them in the Boland
and also in the double header in the Mother City and Duminy wants similar
support on Wednesday.
“It was great, especially here at home in front of our own fans. We really
enjoyed seeing the numbers come out and support us,” he added.
"We’ve got one more in Paarl
on Wednesday and hopefully they’ll come out and support us in numbers there as
well. And hopefully we’ll be able to do the business there as well.”
Warriors too have endured a difficult start to 2017/18. Finalists last season,
they lost the first two games, had a washout in Durban and then suffered
another loss at the hands of Knights last Friday meaning they were winless
splendid win over the Lions on Sunday, when they comfortably chased 183, might
be the tonic they need.
“We had a
good win and I think we’re getting closer to playing really good cricket
again,” their skipper Jon-Jon Smuts said.
“I think with the batting we need a
few more good starts and a few more of the batters to put their hands up.
Colin (Ingram) put his hand up in the last one and Christiaan (Jonker) played a
very valuable knock as well. The bowlers have been fighting well and hopefully
can continue that in the next few games.”
are presently second bottom on eight points, with the visitors last on six.