Sunfoil Series

Lions welcome back Petersen

2014-03-12 11:33
Alviro Petersen (AP)
Johannesburg - The bizhub Highveld Lions welcome back Proteas opener, Alviro Petersen, for their Sunfoil Series clash with the Chevrolet Warriors at Axxess St. George’s this Thursday and will be grateful to have some solidity at the top of an order that misfired last week.

The Lions were bowled out for 121 in their first innings by the Chevrolet Knights last week and, although it ultimately had little effect as the rain guaranteed a draw, captain Stephen Cook says they were all too aware of their shortcomings.

Petersen’s return should help, even if Cook feels that the title is probably beyond the Lions now.

“Looking at this log now, the Cobras are a long way ahead of us - they’re 30-odd points ahead,” he said. “There is still a possibility - mathematically we could still win it - but it’s getting less likely.

“The guys have got three games now to the end of the season to stake their claims so there should be no lack of motivation in the camp.”

Cook confirmed there would not be wholesale changes for the game against the Warriors, who will be without Simon Harmer due to suspension.

The in-form off-spinner pleaded guilty to a Level 2 indiscretion under the CSA Code of Conduct after being charged for an incident that took place during a RAM SLAM T20 game against the Sunfoil Dolphins in January, and was suspended for this weekend’s match.

Other than that the Warriors are unlikely to make major changes, with captain Davy Jacobs still missing because of injury.

“It’s a stupid injury - I hurt the ligament on the side of my big toe whilst playing soccer for a warm-up in Bloem,” said Jacobs. “The ankle that I’ve struggled with throughout the season, that problem also came from soccer.”

Ashwell Prince will continue to captain in place of the wicketkeeper-batsman, who may return in time for the final game of the season.

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Warriors v Highveld Lions, East London 10:00
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Bloemfontein 10:00
Multiply Titans v WSB Cape Cobras, Benoni 10:00
Thursday, 15 February 2018
VKB Knights v Multiply Titans, Kimberley 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions, Paarl 10:00
Warriors v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Port Elizabeth 10:00
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:30
VKB Knights v Highveld Lions, Kimberley 10:00
Warriors v Multiply Titans, East London 10:00
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Highveld Lions v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Johannesburg 10:00
Warriors v VKB Knights, East London 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Multiply Titans, Paarl 10:00
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors, Durban 09:30
Multiply Titans v VKB Knights, Centurion 10:00
Highveld Lions v WSB Cape Cobras, Potchefstroom 10:00
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