Cape Town - Knights
coach Nicky Boje is hoping to catch some much-needed momentum when his team
play the latest of their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match against the Highveld Lions at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday.
is one of two big ones on a busy weekend for the hosts, who also take on the
runaway leaders, the Titans, in the first game of a double-header
weekend at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
franchise have not enjoyed a great competition so far, with their two wins, two
losses and one washout leaving them in fourth place.
now play five matches in the next 10 days, which will be crucial, according to
the nice thing now with the remainder of the competition is that we have a
number of games in a short space of time," he said. "Starting with the weekend,
we have two in a row, so it will be nice to catch a bit of momentum and then
lost their last match when they were beaten by the Cape Cobras in Cape Town
But with a
strong fight on the cards for the semi-final positions, Boje says that every
team is a danger for his side.
He added: "I think it's not just the Lions. All
the teams are quality this year with the Proteas playing, so I think this will
be another tough game.
getting to the business side of the competition now, so playing good cricket is
Knights, the Lions too have been inconsistent so far. They are presently placed
fifth with two wins, three loses and one washout from six games and coach
Geoffrey Toyana knows the importance of the match in the Free State.
now is really important for us and we have to make sure we get some points on
the board," he said. "The Knights at home are very dangerous, so it will be
tough, but it’s not something we can't do."
explained that they were even more eager to play on Friday after what happened
on Wednesday when their derby clash with the Titans had to abandoned without a
ball being bowled.
"We were very frustrated because of all the preparation put in
beforehand," he concluded. "We felt we were more than ready, but you can't
control those things at the end of the day. So we need to make sure we're now
in shape to deliver a good performance in Bloemfontein."
Play gets underway at 18:00 on Friday.