The Knights look for a positve start

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 LEE KHOTLELE

The Chevrolet Knights batsman, Pite van Biljon, will be looking for a positive start to their new domestic campaign. The Knights will be getting their 2014/15 season underway at home against the Warriors in the Sunfoil Series in September.

Van Biljon said the preparations had begun and the team should be ready early next month. "The preparations have been going well thus far. It is a tough preseason, most of the guys are still overseas, but the available players are doing well. We have been training extremely hard," he said.

"We’ll just wait for others to return and then start training as a team. We should be ready by the first of September," he added. The right-handed batsman indicated that his aim this season is to improve all aspects of his game and cement his place in the starting line-up.

"My prime focus is to do well and have a good season on the franchise level. I want to have a good season when it comes to batting, bowling and fielding. I want to score a lot of runs and help the team win more games."

Last season, the side finished fifth in the Momentum One-Day Cup and the RamSlam T20, and second in the Sunfoil Series, and Van Biljon said they would looking to make a few changes to ensure the team starts collecting silverware.

"The team’s aim this season is to improve on consistency. "In the four-day competition we were consistent, however, it was in one or two games that we disappointed."

"If we can improve on our consistency in one-day games, even in T20 games, we won’t have a problem." Van Biljon also lauded the talent and depth in the Proteas squad, adding that it is going to be tough to break in, although it is every player’s dream to don the colours of the national team.

"The national team is currently doing well and it is going to be tough for anyone in South Africa to get in there. They will have to perform extremely well to get in there."

Van Biljon and his teammates took a break from their busy pre-season schedule to attend the Coca-Cola 30 Minute Heroes Challenge at Grey College last week.