THE Chevrolet Warriors will be looking to get their Momentum One-Day Cup cricket campaign on track with a badly needed victory over the Cape Cobras at Buffalo Park in East London today (16/11/2012 at 3pm). After lacklustre starts to the campaign, with just one win between the two sides in six matches, the highly anticipated clash is a must-win for both of them.
With two losses and a no-result under their belts, Piet Botha’s Warriors are in danger of falling out of contention for the playoffs unless they manage to turn it around against the Cape outfit.
Speaking before their net session at Buffalo Park yesterday, Botha said his side would be looking for nothing less than a victory against the Cobras.
“We need to get the ball rolling and get on the board,” Botha said. “We haven’t had the best start to the season. We were under-par against the Knights in Kimberley and we just didn’t bat well against the Lions in the second game.
“We didn’t play much against the Dolphins but our bowlers looked promising. Hopefully we can take that into this game.”
The Warriors have won their last three 50-over games at Buffalo Park.
However, Botha was quick to downplay that achievement.
“In this competition there are no easy wins or matches. Every team are looking for maximum points, especially at the start of the season.
“Yes, we’ve done well in East London but I don’t think it will matter much in this game.
“The pitch is a great one-day pitch, probably one of the best in the country, but you can still lose easily on it if you don’t get it right up front.”
The Warriors will be counting on the experience of Davy Jacobs, Makhaya Ntini, Colin Ingram and Ashwell Prince to get their ship back on course.
Like the Warriors, defending champions the Cobras have not started well, with just one win from their first three games.
And while conceding that beating the Warriors in East London would be difficult, coach Paul Adams was confident of a positive result. “It’s going to be a tough ask beating the Warriors at Buffalo Park but we are focused on our game.
“We’ve had a good couple of weeks’ rest, which the team needed, and we are now all focusing on turning things around, starting with this game.”
The Cobras have named the same team which did duty in their opening three games, with Adams saying he believed in continuity. “We’ve got the same team. I believe in continuity and backing the boys who keep putting their hands up.
“Hopefully they will come to the party tomorrow afternoon [today].”
The loss of Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt to international duty has taken its toll on the embattled Cobras but it has given newcomers such as Beuran Hendricks the opportunity to stake a claim for a regular place in the team.
The squads are: Warriors: Jon-Jon Smuts, Colin Ingram, Michael Price, Davy Jacobs (captain), Ashwell Prince, Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Craig Thyssen, Aya Gqamane, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Basheer Walters, Colin Ackermann Cape Cobras: Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl, Yaseen Vallie, Justin Ontong (captain), Dave Vilas, Justin Kemp, Johann Louw, Dane Piedt, Charl Langeveldt and Beuren Hendricks, Lizaad Willaims, Alistair Grey.