Cape Town - Highveld
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana has predicted a tough round four Sunfoil
Series encounter for his side when they lock horns with the
reigning champions Knights at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom from
teams, like every other one in the competition, are yet to taste
victory this season, meaning the top of the table is a log-jam heading
what is the penultimate match before the halfway stage - and a break in
the four-day season.
The Knights are second at present with the Lions fifth and Toyana is
expecting a difficult encounter.
"We've got two home matches now
starting with Potch on Monday," he said. "It's a big game considering
we're up against the champions.
are a side that really plays well, they play a brand of positive
cricket and that's why they won it last year. You would have seen their
as well this year and they have some really good players in their fold.
Second, Pite van Biljon and then someone like Keegan Petersen has also
been excellent for them. Their bowling has been bolstered by Merchant
and now Duanne (Olivier) is back as well.
"Then there's Eddie Leie who will want to prove a point against his former team, so they are a really strong side."
However, Toyana is confident they will be ready for the challenge of the Knights.
"We've prepared well though," he stated. "We realise that its close at the top and teams are fighting really hard this year."
player Hardus Viljoen is set to play his first game after returning
from his stint in England.
"His pace and experience will really help
us," Toyana added.
coach Nicky Boje is not too fussed that results have not been
forthcoming this year. Instead, he wants his players to continue doing
they have been doing during the opening three rounds of the campaign.
think the main thing is that we've got to keep focussing on what we
need to do and the results at the end of the day will take care of
Boje said. "So we've just got to knuckle down and play good cricket as
we have been trying to do so far."
The Knights boss also felt that the adverse weather had too much of an effect in some of their games.
"You've got to play the situation and you've got to play the conditions as they are," he added.
had a couple of games now where there's been quite a lot of rain in the
game. When that happens, it's not easy to force the result.
guys are hungry to play cricket and hungry to win, so as long as they
have that, I think the chance to win will come. It will be the same
the Lions, we'll be going there to try and win the game."