“Heading into the last three games, we’re one of the teams that can’t afford any more washouts because the wet weather can no longer help us."
VKB Knights coach Alan Kruger insists they remain hopeful over their CSA T20 Challenge semi-final prospects despite enduring a bleak season thus far.
The Central Franchise are yet to win a game this season after seven rounds of action, a run that has left them last on the table ahead today’s visitors to Bloemfontein, the second-from-bottom Hollywoodbets Dolphins
The Knights only points thus far have come from four games that have been abandoned because of the weather, which has given them a tally of eight points with three rounds remaining. They are seven points off the play-off places, but Kruger believes they still have a realistic chance of squeezing in – if it doesn’t rain.
“Heading into the last three games, we’re one of the teams that can’t afford any more washouts because the wet weather can no longer help us.
“We need to get on to the park for the next three matches and hopefully come away with some wins as well. So even though things look bleak at the moment, there’s still a chance of making the play-offs.”
Like the Knights, the Dolphins have had an equally poor campaign.
After reaching the final of the Momentum One-Day Cup, where they were blown away by the Multiply Titans, they have simply struggled for results in a competition where they ended as runners-up last term.
However, Kruger says he is not taking the KwaZulu-Natal side, who sit two points above them, lightly. “We obviously know that they’re a very good white-ball outfit,” he explained. “They will pose plenty of challenges for us coming here.”
Because of the heavy rain sweeping across the country, however, Kruger is rather pessimistic about the prospects of any play actually taking place.
Nearly half the games this season have been abandoned due to the weather and Kruger added: “I’ll be surprised if we do actually end up getting onto the park. That’s how much rain that has fallen since the weekend.”
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