Cape Town - Dolphins
coach Grant Morgan says he has full respect for the Warriors, but believes his
team should be able to beat them - on paper at least - when they clash in a RAM
SLAM T20 Challenge encounter in Durban on Wednesday.
from the Eastern Cape have a strong record against the hosts, winning 11 out of
their 19 meetings.
Morgan is adamant the Dolphins should be able to win at Kingsmead.
the Warriors and they're a side that has punched above their weight in the last
few years," he said. "So, they deserved to reach the final last year.
truly feel if they come with one hundred percent and we come with one hundred
percent, and with the personnel we have on deck - and this is with all due
respect taking nothing away from them - then we should man-for-man be able to
taking away from them, it's just the honest truth."
side made a storming start to the competition when they beat the Cape
Cobras in record fashion in their opening game. But they have since had a
washout and then a loss to the Highveld Lions.
Warriors have lost both matches to date.
massive game, but I feel if we pitch up, we are good enough to beat them,"
coach Malibongwe Maketa has been left deeply disappointed by their start, which
has left them bottom of the log.
franchise was one of the stand-out teams in white ball cricket last year,
reaching both the 20 and 50-over finals, only to lose out to the Titans and they came into this competition with plenty of hope.
disappointed with the way we started because we wanted to make sure we did well
in the first two home games," Maketa reflected. "Unfortunately, that hasn't
been the case.
saying that we know we do have good bounce back ability and we can come back.
Hopefully that will start against the Dolphins. They a very good side and we
respect them, but for us we want to ensure we do the things we can do well.
Hopefully we can beat them."
start, the Warriors can climb off the bottom of the table with victory on the
east coast and their coach says the next set of matches will be crucial for his
two games into the competition and these next few will be important for us to
turn things around," Maketa added.
want to have a scenario where we reach the last few games and we're having to
win at all cost and having to rely on others for favours. We need to make sure
we do our basics well in these next few games and do our best to get going."
Khayelihle Zondo (capt), Sarel Erwee, Morne Van Wyk, Dane Vilas, Sibonelo
Makhanya, Andile Phehlukwayo, Robert Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan
Subrayen, Athi Maposa, Eathan Bosch, Mthokozisi Shezi, Imran Tahir
Jon-Jon Smuts (capt), Colin Ackermann, Andrew Birch, Gihahn Cloete, Colin
Ingram, Christiaan Jonker, Sisanda Magala, Lesiba Ngoepe, Anrich Nortje, Jerry
Nqolo, Solo Nqweni, Kelly Smuts, Yaseen Vallie, Basheer Walters