The VKB Knights swung themselves right back into the Sunfoil Series title hunt with victory last week and coach Nicky Boje is hoping to build on that when they host the Cape Cobras in Bloemfontein on Friday.
The Central Franchise thumped the second-placed bizhub Highveld Lions by 10 wickets in Johannesburg, a match that was effectively a three-day contest after bad weather forced a day one abandonment.
“We had a fantastic three days even with one day rained out,” Boje said. “We played some really quality cricket in that period, so I’m very happy. “It was an important win for us against one of the top sides. The Cobras are a fantastic cricket side and we’ll have to play some good cricket to beat them.”
Despite the win, the Knights, who are now less than 11 points behind the log-leading Unlimited Titans, have been heavily reliant on their bowlers in 2015/16. Their batsmen have found big runs difficult to score and they have crossed the 300-mark only once this season.
But Boje is unconcerned, saying: “I wouldn’t say I’m worried. You just need one or two guys to bat for a longer period. It’s important, particularly in that first innings to have someone make a big score, which will help towards a big total, and to be in a position to compete for the rest of the game.”
Cobras boss Paul Adams also witnessed his team win in the last round of games as they thumped Cape rivals the Warriors by an innings and 12 runs in Paarl. “The guys played really well and the key for us now will be to follow that up,” he said. “It’s very important to build on this win.”
The Capetonians are all but out of the running for the title – they are fifth and over 30 points adrift of the leaders. “We need to take it game-by-game,” Adams responded when asked whether they still had a shot at glory. “We have three games left and we’re only focussing on playing some good cricket. “Where that takes us, we’ll see. Two of the three teams we play are right up there, but as I say, we’ll go one game at a time from here.”
With thanks to CSA