Maketa joins Gibson’s inner circle

The Warriors will be playing without fear when they host the intimidating Multiply Titans in their Ram Slam T20 competition encounter at Buffalo Park tonight.

INTO THE BREACH: Warriors coach Malibongwe Maketa pictured here at a previous training session at Buffalo Park, was yesterday named as Proteas assistant coach under the regime of Ottis Gibson Picture: MARK ANDREWS.

A star-studded Titans team featuring AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Farhaan Behardien, Aiden Markram, Albie Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Junior Dala and the re-energised Dale Steyn among others will be looking to continue their great start to the competition.

Warriors captain Jon-Jon Smuts is not overawed by the occasion and is in fact looking forward to the match and will be hoping star players such as Christiaan Jonker, Colin Ingram and Colin Ackermann fire on all cylinders.

“For us it is a very exciting time, we are playing the Titans at Buffalo Park, a ground where we play very well and we want to match ourselves against the big players,” said Smuts.

“I want to see all our players bowl against AB de Villiers or face the Lungi Ngidis and the Junior Dalas.

“I don’t want to say we have nothing to lose, but we can almost play without fear, we know that when we play like that it brings the best out of us and that’s when we get exciting.”

The Warriors will be eager to get their campaign up and running after going down to the Knights in their Ram Slam opener last week Friday and a win over the high-flying Titans would be a statement of intent.

The Titans are topping the log after two superb wins, a bonus point eight-wicket victory over the Lions on Sunday and thumping 38-run win over the Knights on Wednesday night.

It is a tough run of games for the Titans, with them again in action on Sunday for their fourth game in a week, so they will want to keep the momentum going, especially against a fired up Warriors team.

“Back to back games are always tough, I think we have a nice squad with a lot of depth so if we did need to change a few players we could, but I think it is very early in the campaign so I don’t think there will be any tiredness,” said Titans coach Mark Boucher.

“I watched the Warriors game against the Knights and although they lost I thought they were very unlucky.

“We have a lot of respect for them, we played them in two finals last season in the white ball game and they were very competitive, so it will be a good game of cricket and played in a good spirit.”

With some very poor weather having blanketed the city over the whole week it has been forecast that it will clear up by this afternoon and we should be able to get in a full game of cricket.

“I have heard the weather is clearing up for Friday, and I understand the weather situation very well in East London so the guys will be prepared for it,” said Boucher.

“I think the people of East London will be itching to see a nice game of cricket with a lot of good players involved so I am looking forward to it.”

The action kicks off at 6pm tonight and tickets can be purchased at the Buffalo Park ticket office throughout the day or online at ticketpros for R60 for adults and R30 for scholars and pensioners.


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