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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
the Lions came to within four wickets of beating their Jukskei rivals in a
performance that left Toyana proud.
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.
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.”
is again unfit for the Lions, while Temba Bavuma has a hand injury and will
miss the trip to the Eastern Cape.
West batsman Kagiso Rapulana will debut for the visitors.
meanwhile, are still in celebratory mood having bagged their first win of the
season against the VKB Knights last week.
Malibongwe Maketa admitted that it had made a world of difference to his squad.
The same players are again expected to feature this week.
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.”