Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday congratulated the Highveld Lions on winning the 4-Day Franchise Series.
They clinched the title
when they beat the Warriors by 84 runs on the final day of play on Thursday
while their nearest challengers, the Cape Cobras, were
held to a draw by the Dolphins.
There were only nine balls to spare when the Lions completed
their dramatic win that enabled them to finish 9.22 points ahead of the Cobras.
“Congratulations to the Lions on their outstanding
achievement,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.
“They have also been
significant contributors to the Proteas which says a lot for their depth. A
special word of praise for head coach Enoch Nkwe in his debut season. He was
also head coach of the Jozi Stars when they won the Mzansi Super League and it
represents a remarkable double for him.
“The fact that we all had to wait until the second last over
in the final session on the final day to find out who the champions were speaks
volumes for the competitive cricket we have seen through all 10 rounds. All the
franchises are to be commended for upholding the standards of our premier
first-class domestic competition and ensuring its integrity by playing their
strongest possible sides even when they were out of the running to win the
“The four-day competition fulfils a vital role at the top
end of our talent development pipeline,” continued Moroe.
“The manner in
which recent Proteas such as Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Lungi
Ngidi and Zubayr Hamza have moved so smoothly into the Test match arena is
testament to the quality of our domestic cricket.
“We are also seeing a host of new stars emerging on the
franchise four-day scene. One has to wonder when last rookie batting talents
such as Janneman Malan and Sinethemba Qeshile did so well in their debut
seasons. They have both averaged comfortably more than 50 and underline the
promising and exciting future that awaits South African cricket,” he concluded.