Cape Town - Highveld
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana remains confident rather than hopeful over their
Sunfoil Series prospects despite reaching the halfway stage in last place on
the log table.
Johannesburg-based franchise became the first and only side to lose a match out
of the 15 played by all six franchises during the first part of the 2017/18
campaign when they were beaten by the Titans in round five.
they closed on 56.38 points, a little over 23 behind their Gauteng rivals, who
lead the standings with 79.68 points. All the other 14 games have ended in
draws thus far.
have a slow start in terms of the first couple of games of the Sunfoil Series,"
Toyana reflected. "The batting has been mainly good for us and I really think
we did well as a group.
wickets have been flat and it's been tough for teams to get results, so that in
turn hasn't made it easy for the bowlers."
back on the game they lost, the Lions coach conceded it was a game they went
out to win, before eventually falling to a nine-wicket loss after Proteas pair Lungi Ngidi and Aiden Markram took nine wickets and scored twin
we lost, I really felt we were in the game on a wicket that was especially
chosen to try and get the result," Toyana said. "I think we were okay with the
bat, but thought the bowling really let us down.
Titans attack outbowled us and then with the bat, we dropped Aiden Markram, who
was really special in that game. We dropped him early on and he went on to make
two 80s on a tough wicket, it was a great effort and a big reason they won the
nonetheless satisfied with their overall showing in the current campaign.
of their players have really stood out, with Bjorn Fortuin the best of the
bowlers with 11 wickets and Rassie van der Dussen heading the batting with 396
"Despite the loss, I still feel we're in a good space. The points
system is quite generous this year, so we're confident. I don't think we got
enough bonus points with the ball so far, but it has been tough for the
bowlers," the coach
there's five more games and I really feel that any side that wins two games in
this competition is going to be the champions."
says they will do everything in their power to try and win a title they last
won in 2014/15.
"We have to come from behind, but it will be key for us to go
out there and play the brave cricket we all talk about," he added.
point playing for draws, so any home game we play, we will try and prepare
results pitches. So we look forward to it."
Franchise focus now shifts to the shortest format, with the T20 Challenge
scheduled to begin this Friday, November 10.
play the Titans in the opening round on Sunday, November 12 at 16:00.