CRICKET NEWS - bizhub Highveld Lions coach Enoch Nkwe is worried about the dangerous Hollywoodbets Dolphins ahead of their CSA T20 Challenge semifinal at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
The Durban franchise, so poor and inconsistent for most of the competition thus far, produced two brilliant back-to-back wins that helped them squeeze into the play-offs at the expense of defending champions the Multiply Titans over the weekend.
And having qualified for all three of the white-ball finals that have been played over the last two campaigns, Grant Morgan’s side are seen as a huge threat by Nkwe.
“We’re very wary of the Dolphins,” he warned. “They are an extremely dangerous side as they’ve proved in these past two games.
“They were in the final last year, they were in the last two 50 over finals so they know how to play when it gets to the crunch end of the season.
“We do understand the threat they pose. They will come out here determined. We just have to make sure we’re ready for them.”
The Lions themselves did not look like they would end top of the table, but they did with two stellar wins against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and then the Titans in their final two round robin games.
Both came after a poor showing to the Warriors in their final home game of the season.
“It’s been very interesting what’s happened after all those rained out games,” Nkwe continued. “We did battle to find some momentum before that, but then suddenly we’ve regrouped after losing to the Warriors and beat the Cobras and the Titans.
“The guys have dug deep, did some soul searching and have hit back exceptionally well. I’m just really happy with how the group has responded.”