The Lions and Warriors will get their One Day Cup campaign underway in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
The Warriors have traditionally fared better in the limited overs competitions and once again the One Day Cup provides them with probably their best chance of winning a trophy this season. They have a number of players that specialise the shorter formats. If they get off to a good start, and gather some momentum, they will be tough to stop.
The Lions went from hosting the final in 2012/13 to coming last on the log last season. The men from the Highveld will be desperate to prove that the 2013/14 campaign was a mere blip on the radar. They will have to get back to winning ways early this season to avoid falling into a similar spiral to what they experienced in the previous edition of the tournament.
Players to watch:
After being freed of the constraints of captaincy, Davy Jacobs will have the opportunity to express himself. He has the ability to put any bowling attack to the sword and with his full concentration dedicated to batting, he will entertain a lot of Warriors fans.
Quinton de Kock has been amongst the runs in the Sunfoil Series for the Lions. He has become one of the most feared limited overs batsmen anywhere in the world over the past year. He also has made a habit of making big scores in Potchefstroom. If the Warriors don’t get rid of him early, he will take the game away from them.
The Warriors have been poor in the early stages of the Sunfoil Series. It’s a different format, but they will be lacking confidence. As a result, the Lions should take full advantage of playing at home and get their campaign off to a positive start.
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