Interim Chevrolet Warriors coach Malibongwe Maketa believes the turnaround in his team’s fortunes has been the result of hard work and just a little bit of luck on the side.
Speaking after his team collected their second consecutive Sunfoil Series victory in as many weeks, Maketa praised the side for the manner in which they applied their skills.
“I’m very happy for the boys. We’ve worked hard and I think we have been rewarded for the work we have put in,” he said yesterday.
The side have achieved two wins and a draw in the three games under Maketa.
The Warriors saw off the Dolphins in East London two weeks ago and then beat the Cobras at St George’s by 16 runs on Sunday.
The draw against the Dolphins in Maritzburg last month could easily have been another victory had weather not intervened.
“It could have been three in a row had we had enough time in the Dolphins game away.
“I always feel you get what you deserve. Sometimes you don’t deserve to lose and then you win, and this time the rub of the green has been with us,” Maketa said.
The match against Cobras finished a little closer than Maketa expected with Justin Kemp and Dane Paterson adding 68 runs for the 10th wicket.
“Yes it did. It ended up being a really good game. It was one of those which could have gone either way.
“The hard work paid off because we were ahead in the game the whole way. You get some of those games where you are in front, you win every session and then lose the last session.
“It could have been cruel but we are grateful that it went our way this time.”
The Warriors now switch to limited overs mode again for the remainder of the Momentum One-Day Cup.
They have five games remaining and probably need to win all five to have any chance of making the semis.
“It’s a pity that it has come at a time when we have so much confidence and momentum in the four-day game.
“Now we are changing to a different format where we need to play out of our skins to get into the semifinal.
“We are going to struggle there in terms of catching up with the other sides but we will give it a good shot. We need to win all five or else we are gone,” he said.
Their first assignment will be against the Dolphins in Port Elizabeth on January 30.
– Alvin Reeves