Cape Town - All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has enjoyed two memorable weekends of Sunfoil Series action
for the Highveld Lions.
he starred with the bat to deny the Cape Cobras what looked a certain win,
before claiming six wickets with the ball to help the Johannesburg side secure
an unlikely victory over the VKB Knights this past weekend.
results have kept the Lions right in the title mix as they look to defend the
crown they won last season.
26-year-old admits the win this past weekend in Kimberley, which came inside
three days, was a huge surprise.
arrived on day three thinking we are not going to bowl and will probably bat
all day," he said. "But there we were bowling before lunch and got a
few wickets and it was all over just after tea, so it was a real roller
just glad we were the ones that pulled off the win."
Lions started day three on 18 without loss, before themselves being bowled out
left the Knights needing 138 to win, but they were rolled over for just 92 with
Pretorius picking up three for 37. He said they always had belief that they
could defend such a low total.
thought it would be possible, I mean 140 on that wicket, it was going to be
tough. But because we had them 50 for five in the first innings, we had that
belief," Pretorius said.
result came a week after the same player and the Lions tail helped their side
escape with an epic draw in Paarl.
week was crazy," Pretorius, who made 101, added. "We decided to keep
fighting and not give them an easy win.
never know when those extra points will come in handy. I'm just really proud of
the hundred I scored there, I've not scored too many, so that was right up there. But after I got out, we still needed the tail and I think they did
excellently in the circumstances."
Lions meet the Titans in a top-of-the-table clash this week.