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Hectic weekend may be Knights' big chance to get off the bottom log

Ryan Mclaren of the VKB Knights in action in a recent Momentum One Day Cup match. The Knights are in Kimberley on Sunday and the team is determined to slog themselves off the bottom of the log. Picture: Muzi Ntombela BackpagePix

The bottom-of-the-log VKB Knights are in East London today, fighting for some forward momentum in what has been a frustrating Momentum One Day Cup campaign thus far.

The central franchise team lock horns with the second-placed Warriors at their Buffalo Park fortress today before making the trip to Kimberley tomorrow where they will be hosting the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, who are third on the table, at the Diamond Oval on Sunday at 10am.

As can be expected, it is going to be a tough weekend for the Knights who currently have only four points, with two of their six matches being washed out thanks to the recent good rains.

In fact their last fixture in Bloemfontein against the bizhub Highveld Lions earned them a measly two points, also because of rain. In that match the Lions were on 22/1 after only 9.3 overs of a match that had initially been reduced to 20 overs a side, but when the rain came down again the match was eventually abandoned.

Knights coach Alan Kruger told the DFA how frustrating this season’s campaign has been thus far.

“It has been a disappointing Momentum One Day Cup series for us this season as we have lost four matches and have had two no-result games due to rain.

“However, we are hoping to come right back in our remaining fixtures to improve on our log standing and also to show the supporters in Kimberley that we can compete against the best,” the coach said.

Kruger said that having a good crowd at the Diamond Oval for Sunday’s match would have a huge, positive influence on the team.

He said that even though they had a faltering start to the season they are more than capable of turning it around, firstly in East London today and then at the Diamond Oval on Sunday. “The guys are geared up a make a turnaround in the hopes of producing a spectacle against the Dolphins on Sunday.”

The last two matches for the Knights, after Sunday’s game, are against the Cobras in Cape Town on March 21, whereafter they will be hosting the Titans two days later.

The CEO of Northern Cape Cricket, Eugene Jacobs, told the DFA that though it is becoming increasingly difficult to bring high-profile games to the city, Northern Cape Cricket is proud to be able to bring this franchise cricket game to the Diamond Oval.

“We need the fun-loving people of the Northern Cape to come and support the game on Sunday between the VKB Knights and Hollywoodbets Dolphins,” said Jacobs. “Both line-ups are star-studded and it would be a thrilling experience for families, schools, school-going children and all local and even regional cricket clubs to come out and support the players.”

Sunday’s game starts at 10am and tickets for the match are available at ticketpro.co.za.