Cape Town - Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana praised his team for the tenacity they
displayed to repel the Cape Cobras' final-day onslaught and secure a draw
in their Sunfoil Series clash in Paarl over the weekend.
by centurion Dwaine Pretorius, the Johannesburg-based side ended an epic day
four on 287 for nine from 140 overs in their follow-on innings.
wicket pair Aaron Phangiso and Eddie Leie batted for over 14 overs together to
ensure the hard work done by Pretorius, who batted for over four hours to make
101, was not wasted.
never been involved in something so tight, it was so tense there at the
end," Toyana said. "It was quite an up and down game considering how
well we were going along in the first innings. We were 235 odd for two and to
collapse like we did, that in itself was hardly believable and something I've
never seen in all my involvement in first-class cricket."
Lions were dismissed for 252 in response to the Cobras' mammoth 570 for four
declared - a deficit of 318.
were staring defeat in the face late on the final day when they fell to 253 for
seven and with over 25 overs still to bat, but almost miraculously survived.
the second innings we had already lost three wickets by the end of the third
day and it wasn’t looking very good for us," Toyana added. "It really
needed something special.
thought Pretorius played very, very well for us. But then the tail was superb
and Phangi deserves a lot of credit for the way he marshalled things at the
was a good example of how good our franchise cricket standards are. It was a
quality attack that we were facing and in the end, they threw everything at us
and in the end the tail managed to hold on in tough conditions."