• Fight for home semi

    December 2, 2014
    Shadley van Schalkwyk bending his back

    The last round of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, taking place on Wednesday, features all three sides that will move on to the knockout phase.

    Kimberley will host the match that could have an effect on the final log standings. If the Knights achieve a bonus point win over the Lions, they will leap-frog their opponents and host the semi-final. If they fail to accomplish their goal, they will travel to the big smoke to take on the same opponents in the qualifier.

    The other match, which is purely academic, see’s the table-topping Cape Cobras welcome the Warriors to Paarl. The Cape Cobras will want to keep their momentum going and give their fans in Paarl a reason to travel to Newlands for the final.

    Players to watch:

    Shadley van Schalkwyk and Eddie Leie are the joint leading wicket-takers in the tournament after nine matches. The bowler that takes the lead in their personal dual on Wednesday could also seal home ground advantage for the semi-final between the two teams.

    Richard Levi needs just 16 runs to become the leading run-scorer at the conclusion of the round robin phase. He has been key to the Cape Cobras campaign and if he fires again on Wednesday then the home side should secure their eighth win. For the Warriors, Craig Kieswetter has fallen away badly after a promising start. It’s his last game for the Warriors and he will be desperate to sign off on a good note.

    Predictions:

    It’s been very difficult to get results away from home this season. For this reason, the Knights should secure a confidence boosting win over the Lions going into the semi-final, but won’t win by enough to earn the right to host the knockout fixture.

    The pressure is off the Cape Cobras, who have already wrapped up top spot. They will be able to go out and enjoy themselves in front of their fans, which is an ominous thought for the Warriors.

    Preview compiled by Gareth Stevens.

    Photo: Backpagepix



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