The Warriors face the stiff task of revitalising their Ram Slam T20 campaign against the tournament’s standout side when they take on the Titans in the second game of Saturday’s double-header at St. George’s Park. The Warriors currently sit fifth on the table with 10 points, but are the only side who still have four games remaining – something that could be turned into an advantage if they can beat the Titans and generate some momentum. Captain Colin Ingram says: ‘We know we’re up against a tough challenge, where three wins out of four games will give us an outside chance of qualifying for the play-offs, and four wins out of four would give us a good chance. If we get on a good run and develop some momentum in the final league games, then we could take that into the knockouts as well. This next home game is key, because if we win it then playing three games in quick succession next week could suit us.’
Their task looks all the steeper for the fact that Colin Ackermann remains a doubt due to his quad strain, and Lundi Mbane may be unavailable due to a bereavement. What’s more, they will be up against a team that is set on total domination – the Titans need just two wins from their final three games to guarantee a home final, but after winning their last six on the trot, they have their sights set even higher. Captain Albie Morkel says: ‘We’ve obviously worked out what we need to get a home final but that’s not our main focus. We want to go through the rest of the competition without losing. It would be tough, but that’s our ambition.’
It’s no secret that the Warriors have been heavily reliant on Ackermann and Ingram for runs in the competition, and Morkel made it clear that the Titans will be out to exploit that. He says: ‘With any side that we face we try and identify their match-winners and take them out as early as possible. Those two have played some nice cricket this season, so if we can take them out early then the Warriors have a young bowling attack that we can target.’ Morkel added that the Titans were likely to travel with an unchanged squad for the game, which starts at 18:00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2.
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