Sunfoil Series

Toyana hopes for Lions win in PE

2016-04-06 19:32
Geoffrey Toyana (Gallo)

Cape Town - Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana insists he will be proud of his players irrespective of what happens in their final Sunfoil Series match of the season against the Warriors starting in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

After nearly four months and nine rounds of action the title will be decided in the final set of games this weekend, with the defending champions knowing that only victory will do for them at St George’s Park.

They will also need the log-leading Titans to lose to the Cape Cobras or have a bad draw in Paarl as they bid to overhaul the near 13-point lead.

“I'm very, very confident going into this week,” Toyana said. “We’re looking forward to it. We obviously have to win big and hope the Cobras can do us a favour.

“Let’s not forget that we will also have to win our game, which won’t be easy against a Warriors team that will be high on confidence after their first win last week.

“But I must say that whatever happens, will happen. We’ll accept it and move on.”

Last week the Lions came to within four wickets of beating their Jukskei rivals in a performance that left Toyana proud.

“I'm very proud of my guys for the way they performed,” he added. “We had two very tough days in the field and they really gave their all.

“They left everything out there and I'm extremely proud of every single one of them. It was a great advert for four-day cricket and the way the season is ending also says positive things about South African cricket.”

Eddie Leie is again unfit for the Lions, while Temba Bavuma has a hand injury and will miss the trip to the Eastern Cape.

Young North West batsman Kagiso Rapulana will debut for the visitors.

The hosts, meanwhile, are still in celebratory mood having bagged their first win of the season against the VKB Knights last week.

Their coach Malibongwe Maketa admitted that it had made a world of difference to his squad. The same players are again expected to feature this week.

“There’s a big difference after that win,” he said. “The mood has obviously changed and not surprisingly either.

“We had a few new faces and they brought in a whole lot of new energy. There’s a few smiles about now and we’ll hope to build on that in the next game.” 

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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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