Knights raring to get season going

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iol spt nov2 Knights-Elgar Gallo Images The Knights are currently preparing for their opening match in the One-Day Cup against the Warriors at the Diamond Oval on Sunday. Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images.

Johannesburg – Three total wash-outs in four Sunfoil Series matches represent a frustrating start to the season for the Knights, but captain Morne van Wyk is still taking something positive out of it.

The Knights are currently preparing for their opening match in the One-Day Cup against the Warriors at the Diamond Oval on Sunday.

“In a way, the weather has worked well for us,” Van Wyk said.

“The players are fresh and hungry to go. At this stage last season we had a lot of cricket behind us, and it had taken a toll on the players.”

Van Wyk is himself looking forward to going back to the top of the batting order.

He is comfortably the leading run-scorer in domestic one-day cricket, and relishes the challenge of leading from the front.

“I enjoy the early opportunity to make an impact on the game,” he said.

Veterans Nicky Boje and Johan van der Wath are two other players in the squad who are experienced impact players.

The Warriors have been more fortunate with the weather, although they did lose out in their match against the Knights in East London last weekend.

Like the Knights, they have tended to perform better in the shorter formats.

There are some interesting new and not-so-new faces in the Warriors squad.

Evergreen Makhaya Ntini is back, while young Border bowler Ayabulela Gqamane, a wicket-hungry medium pacer, is rewarded for his prolific form.

They are joined in the squad by Eastern Province middle-order batsman Colin Ackermann.

There is still no Rusty Theron, as a back injury will see him lying low for two months.

Colin Ingram has been a top performer and captain Davy Jacobs has already recorded two Sunfoil Series centuries.

The weather forecast is good and the normally flat Kimberley surface should provide rich entertainment. – Sapa


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