Warriors’ batting cause for concern

Alvin Reeves

CAPTAIN Davy Jacobs admitted yesterday that the Chevrolet Warriors may need to tweak their batting order to counter certain situations in the remainder of the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.

The Warriors were outplayed by Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras to the tune of 18 runs at Axxess St George’s on Saturday night. Chasing 161 to win, the Warriors only managed 142 for nine in reply.

Batting at No 6, Jacobs bludgeoned 62 off 31 balls at the end of the innings.

His knock included six sixes and two fours but came too late and in vain as wickets tumbled around and before him in the face of scoreboard pressure.

The Warriors basically lost the match in the two opening powerplays of each innings.

They bowled both sides of the wicket to the Cobras early on, allowing the opposition to get off to a flyer.

In their turn at the crease, they struggled to dominate in the first six overs and that eventually ruined their chances of chasing down the big target.

“The performance with the ball killed us. They got 20 off the first over and we were almost just recovering the entire innings. I think we did well to pull it back because we were looking at 180 or 200. But 160 is always difficult. We just didn’t start well.” Jacobs said he thought the attack had bowled very well in the first two games and was confident they would bounce back.

But it was the makeup of the batting order that was reason for concern.

“I think our bowling is very good. We just had a bad start. We are definitely going to look at the batting order. The balance is not right,” Jacobs said.

“[Christiaan] Jonker was our player of the tournament last year opening but he’s done so well finishing in the one-day games that from the start we wanted to bat him in the middle.

“But he’s come back from injury and has not really played much. Maybe him in the middle is a good idea.”

The Warriors’ next assignment is against The Unlimited Titans in Benoni on Wednesday night followed by another match in PE, this time against the Sunfoil Dolphins on Friday.

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