MOMENTUM ONE-DAY CUP
Fired-up Knights to stick with recipe that delivered title
After their recent Sunfoil Series success‚ Knights coach Nicky Bojé is aware that his side will be a marked team during the Momentum One Day Cup‚ which starts on Friday.
The Knights dethroned the Titans at the weekend and the former Proteas spinner said his team should focus on the values that led them to the four-day championship title‚ such as getting the disciplines right, and fighting for each other.
"We must continue working hard as we did in the Sunfoil Series and apply the disciplines that helped us to win the championship‚" Bojé said.
"At the beginning of the Sunfoil Series we set ourselves targets to be achieved as the season progressed and we worked towards them. We were always in contention throughout the season and that gave us belief that we can achieve the mission of winning the title, and finally it happened.
"It was all due to good and consistent performances by all the players."
Going into the One Day Cup‚ Bojé was confident the Knights would do well, with the coach keeping the squad that won the Sunfoil Series and also having Proteas batsman David Miller available at certain stages of the campaign. Bojé confirmed that batsman Rilee Rossouw‚ who recently signed an English county Kolpak deal, which ruled him out of contention for the Proteas‚ would be available for the Knights at various stages.
"The good news for us is that we will have Miller and Rilee at certain stages of the tournament and they will add a lot of value to the side because of their experience‚" Bojé said.
"Other players such as Theunis de Bruyn‚ Marchant de Lange and Duanne Olivier also have had a positive impact on our season."
During the Sunfoil Series the Knights lost the services of experienced spinner Robin Peterson‚ who has since retired from professional cricket.
Bojé said this did not affect their ambitions too much.
"His withdrawal from the squad did affect us a little bit because we could have done better with his experience and leadership‚ both on and off the field‚" the coach said. "But we had a group of players who were hugely motivated to do well for the franchise and themselves. Our team also had a good blend of youth and experience."
The Knights start their One Day Cup assignment against the Cobras at Mangaung Oval on Saturday.