Cape Town - The Warriors face the stiff task of
revitalising their Ram Slam T20 campaign against the tournament’s standout side
when they take on The Titans in the second game of Saturday’s
double-header at St. George’s Park.
The Warriors currently sit fifth on the
table with 10 points, but are the only side who still have four games remaining
- something that could be turned into an advantage if they can beat the Titans
and generate some momentum.
“We know we’re up against a tough
challenge, where three wins out of four games will give us an outside chance of
qualifying for the play-offs, and four wins out of four would give us a good
chance,” said captain, Colin Ingram.
“If we get on a good run and develop some
momentum in the final league games, then we could take that into the knockouts
as well. This next home game is key, because if we win it then playing three
games in quick succession next week could suit us.”
Their task looks all the steeper for the
fact that Colin Ackermann remains a doubt due to his quad strain, and Lundi
Mbane may be unavailable due to a bereavement.
What’s more, they will be up against a team
that is set on total domination - the Titans need just two wins from their
final three games to guarantee a home final, but after winning their last six
on the trot, they have their sights set even higher.
“We’ve obviously worked out what we need to
get a home final but that’s not our main focus,” said captain, Albie Morkel.
“We want to go through the rest of the competition without losing. It would be
tough, but that’s our ambition.”
It’s no secret that the Warriors have been
heavily reliant on Ackermann and Ingram for runs in the competition, and Morkel
made it clear that the Titans will be out to exploit that.
“With any side that we face we try and
identify their match-winners and take them out as early as possible. Those two
have played some nice cricket this season, so if we can take them out early
then the Warriors have a young bowling attack that we can target.