Cape Town - Highveld
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana is desperate for a batting improvement when his
side takes on the Knights in the third round of the Sunfoil
Series starting at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Thursday.
from Johannesburg have not crossed 200 once yet in the four innings they have
faced, although they did manage 160/0 in a low-scoring affair they won against
the Cape Cobras in their first game.
demolished by the Dolphins in their second game in Potchefstroom
and their coach is desperate for an improvement in the Northern Cape.
“It was a
tough one on a tough Potch wicket,” Toyana said. “But that doesn’t hide the
fact of our disappointing batting.
“It is the
major concern for me. We’ve not put the right numbers forward and in the two
games we have only managed one batting point. We’ve chatted about it as a group
and it’s something we have to improve on.”
In terms of
opposition, they don’t come too much tougher than the Knights, who have won
both matches so far to sit second on the table behind the Dolphins.
added: “It will be tough against a side that has won two out of two, but we’re
in Kimberley where we’ve had success in the past. But we need out batters to
come to the party.
matters worse for the Lions, captain Stephen Cook and Temba Bavuma, both key
batsmen, are away with the Proteas. Nicky van den Berg, Dwaine Pretorius and
Aya Miyoli are in contention to play.
meanwhile, have drafted in David Miller for Pite van Biljon.
their excellent start to the campaign, their coach Nicky Boje is taking little
“We’ve had two good wins to start the season and the guys are
taking a lot of confidence from those wins,” he said. “But we need to build on
that and continue playing our brand of cricket, so that for us is the main
looking too much at the opposition at this stage, but focusing on what we need
to get done.”
Erlank, David Miller, Luthando Mnyanda, Mbulelo Budaza, Theunis de Bruyn,
Marchant de Lange, Dillon du Preez, Tshepo Ntuli, Duanne Olivier, Robin
Peterson, Rudi Second, Lotli Sesele, Shadley van Schalkwyk.
Highveld Lions squad:
Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Dominic Hendricks, Nicky van den Bergh,
Kagiso Rapulana, Dwaine Pretorius, Mangaliso Mosehle, Wiaan Mulder, Bjorn
Fortuin, Hardus Viljoen, Aya Miyoli, Sean Jamison, Nono Pongolo.
HEAD - Knights v Highveld Lions
Played - 24
Win - 09
Win - 06
Draw - 09