Knights set to face the Warriors in season opener

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The VKB Knights will be opening their 2020/21 domestic campaign against the Warriors in Bloemfontein.

The Knights have finally started training outside in the nets as they still have month and a half of preparation left before cricket finally restarts.

The team, which plays in both Bloemfontein and Kimberley, will be starting to play matches as of 5 October, but this will be inter-squad games in order for the players to get some much needed time in the middle.

The only player in the squad to have played any cricket over the past six months is the young fast bowler, Gerald Coetzee, who played in the Solidarity Cup at SuperSport Park in July.

While the long wait has been frustrating for all, coach Allan Donald feels that it has been a blessing in disguise. The reasoning behind this is that therestriction in training due to the global Covid-19 pandemic means that the coaches have been able to spend more one-on-one time with the various players.

Speaking to Bloemfontein Courant, Donald confirmed that they will indeed be starting with matches on 5 October, but the good news is that they have draft fixtures, as they have a good indication of what lies ahead of them in the domestic four-day season.

“We received a draft of fixtures on Tuesday, and our first two games will be against the Warriors and the Dolphins and then the Lions away.

“We will have three home games, and four away. We are looking forward to November for that first game when we take on the Warriors here at the Mangaung Oval.”

The season is set to start during the first week of November. Cricket South Africa is yet to announce the fixtures for the coming domestic season, but the franchise teams will be starting soon, while the semi-professional teams are expected only to get the green light to play again in January. – MORGAN PIEK