The Warriors have been boosted by the availability of off-spinner Simon Harmer and fast bowler Rusty Theron as they attempt to give their Momentum One-Day Cup campaign a kiss of life against the Dolphins at St. George’s Park on Friday. While Harmer has been released from the South Africa A squad for Friday’s fixture, Theron has taken time off during the Sunfoil Series to rejuvenate his troublesome knee and is now raring to go. Christiaan Jonker will miss the game through illness and Davey Jacobs remains a long-term injury absentee, but coach Malibongwe Maketa is optimistic about the players at his disposal as he tries to guide his side back into contention.
The Chevrolet Warriors won just one of their opening five games and sit bottom of the table, 11 points off third place, meaning at least four victories will be required from their remaining five games to scrape into the play-offs. Although they have the positive glow of back-to-back Sunfoil Series victories to aid them, Maketa would have preferred not to have had a two-week gap in their schedule. “It’s almost been a backward momentum for us coming from Sunfoil games into a competition that we haven’t started well in. It’s going to require us to win four or five out of five to get back into it.”
Dolphins coach Lance Klusener, by contrast, was pleased that his side had a two-week rest after not playing last weekend. “It’s been good for us – we’ve been able to clear our injuries and get our teeth into some one-day skills, so we’re lucky that we’ve had the time off. Morne Van Wyk will be available for us again. He’s a big part of the cricket that happens here so it will be good to have him back.”
The game starts at 15:00 and will be televised live on SuperSport 2.
HEAD TO HEAD – Warriors vs Dolphins
Matches Played 19
Warriors Win 10
Dolphins Win 7