The Warriors will start their summer domestic campaign on 9 October when they play their first Momentum One Day Cup match against the Titans in Pretoria. The team have all gathered in Port Elizabeth and have undergone extensive off season conditioning and training with time being spent in the gym. Players who spent their off season overseas have joined the squad in their final few weeks of preparation.
The team travelled to Oudsthoorn to play two One Day matches against the Cobras and three stand out performances saw the Warriors beat the Cobras by 8 wickets in the game played yesterday (Tuesday 29 October). Cobras batted first and scored 221/8 in their allotted 50 overs. A great bit of bowling from Basheer Walters saw him take 5 for 39 off 9 overs. New comers to the Warriors squad Gihahn Cloete scored 110* off 140 balls which included 12 fours and 1 six with Yaseen Vallie contributing 103* off 113 balls. The Warriors final tally was 223/2 in 42.3 overs. The second match due to be played today (Wednesday) was called off due to rain.
A team building two day programme on Thursday and Friday will round off the team preparation and Coach Mali Maketa is keen to get the season underway; “We have been working really hard in the off season and I am confident we have put in the hard yards. The team is in a good space right now and we will need to take this forward into our first campaign of the season”
The annual Warriors Ladies Tea in support of Reach for Recovery (Breast Cancer Awareness) will take place tomorrow and in true gentlemanly fashion all the ladies can look forward to being served tea by their favourite player. In the past 2 years over R35 000 has been raised and donated to Reach for Recovery. In a futher awareness drive for Breast Cancer Awareness the players will play in pink shirts for the month of October.
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