Sunfoil Series

Toyana expects tight affair against Dolphins

2016-10-10 19:01
Geoffrey Toyana (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana expects a quality game when his side comes up against the Dolphins in round two of the Sunfoil Series starting at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.

Both teams won their opening matches convincingly - the hosts rolling over the Cape Cobras by 10 wickets and the visitors coasting past the Warriors by an innings and 70 runs.

The Lions looked especially good with the ball in Johannesburg after bowling out the Cobras for scores of 102 and 211 in a low-scoring affair.

“We’re quite pleased with the way we played,” Toyana said. “The batting could have been better in the first innings when we struggled on a difficult pitch.

“But we’ll take that win because the Cobras are a quality side.”

The Dolphins, meanwhile, impressed all-round. After piling up a total of 478, they then dismissed the Warriors for totals of 230 and 178 in East London.

“We have the Dolphins now, who played really well as well,” Toyana added. “We know what they did against the Warriors and they’ll come to Potch with their confidence high.

“So we have two sides that have won games and it should be a cracker of a game. But we’ll also be confident and we look forward to the contest.”

Reeza Hendricks could make his debut for the Lions, with the rest of their XI expected to be unchanged.

The Dolphins too are planning minimal changes. Their coach, Grant Morgan, says playing an in-form Lions side will be a good test for his players.

“It will be a really good gauge as to where we rank, especially if you consider how well the Lions did in that first game,” Morgan said.

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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
Thursday, 01 March 2018
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
Thursday, 15 March 2018
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
Thursday, 22 March 2018
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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