Cape Town - Knights
coach Nicky Boje is searching for some momentum for his side in the RAM SLAM
T20 Challenge as they prepare to host the Warriors at the Mangaung Oval in
Bloemfontein on Friday.
is one of two for both teams this weekend, with the home side striving for some
sort of impetus to try and get their competition going.
beat the Warriors in East London in the opening game, but then lost to the Titans and had a match against the Dolphins washed out,
meaning there has been little time to get into any sort of groove.
exactly what Boje wants for his side.
played a lot so far, so there hasn't been a significant number of games for us
to have built momentum," he said.
"But this is a weekend where we do play two
games and I think it's important for us to start gaining some momentum."
first-round meeting, Theunis de Bruyn and David Miller won the game for the
hosts with a superb partnership.
Warriors have not had many significant partnerships so far and neither have
they been able to find any rhythm with their latest match also washed out in
Durban on Wednesday.
But Boje is
wary of the threat they will pose.
"Like all the teams, the Warriors too have
got some quality players... guys who can take a game from you," the Knights coach
adds. "But we've got plans for their dangerous players. In saying that, I think
we need to focus on doing our basic stuff well and the rest will take care of
boss Malibongwe Maketa was left frustrated by their trip up the east coast
where all they did was watch the rain.
"It's a bit
frustrating particularly because of the start we've hard," he said. "We wanted
to try and get out there and get that win, but it didn't happen.
without a win, it's getting to that critical stage for us after three matches
without getting on the board."
believes it was now critical for them to get a result in the Free State.
"We need to
make sure we get that positive result in Bloemfontein so we can get going," he
adds. "You don’t want to be too far behind and playing catch-up cricket.
"We know it
will be tough against a strong Knights team who beat us a few weeks back, but
we're confident and look forward to it."
The two sides will also be involved in a double-header Sunday at Newlands, where the Knights are scheduled to face the Cape Cobras and the
Warriors the Highveld Lions.