Warriors hope to ride EP wave

Jon-Jon Smuts (Gallo Images)
Jon-Jon Smuts (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Warriors captain Jon-Jon Smuts is hoping to build on the success of Eastern Province in the Africa T20 Cup when the T20 Challenge kicks off this week.

The Eastern Cape franchise begin the 20-over leg of the season against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday.

Smuts, a limited-overs specialists these days, led EP to the African title in the season opening competition a little over a month ago now. That came after he took part in the Caribbean Premier League when he played five matches for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, where he was continuing to develop his T20 skill in the off-season.

“I had quite a busy winter with the CPL and then things just fell into place with the Africa T20 Cup, so hopefully it will continue from here,” the 28-year-old said.

“The Warriors have been building for a few years now, we’ve got a few more guys who are experienced at this level, so it will be quite nice to see how they go. I think I will be a very interesting competition this year.”

Smuts could prove a useful addition to the Warriors squad and he said he was looking forward to playing again. “Everyone loves T20 cricket, it’s a format that has really hit the world in a big way and I think everyone is enjoying it,” he added.

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