Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated the Highveld Lions on being crowned CSA T20 Challenge champions.
They won the final franchise trophy of the season by beating the
Warriors in today’s nail-biting Final by 11 runs with
four balls to spare at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.
“Congratulations to the Lions on their exciting
victory,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “Although cricket
remains a team game it would be remiss of me not to make special
mention of the respective captain’s innings by Temba
Bavuma and Jon-Jon Smuts.
“By any standard this was a wonderful final and well done to all the players, coaches and support staff on both sides.
“It has been a highly competitive season of
franchise cricket with one of the highlights being the way the league
play has gone down to the final weekend in deciding which four teams
qualified for the semi-finals.
“This happened once again in this competition
with the outcome depending on the finally completed league match between
the Lions and the Titans.
“With a number of our Proteas
missing the tournament because of their overseas commitments either at
the Indian Premier League or the England county season this has provided
the opportunity for a number of young players
to make their mark. Ryan Rickelton, Matthew Breetzke, Sinethemba
Qeshile and Bjorn Fortuin, who all featured in the Final, fall into this
category and they are by no means the only ones.
“The future of our cricket looks very bright as
our talent development pipeline continues to turn promising talent into
“It has also been heartening to see young coaches
making their mark at franchise level. Enock Nkwe has had a particularly
outstanding debut season at the Lions, doing the franchise double, and
Rivash Gobind at the Warriors and Ashwell
Prince at the Cape Cobras have also done very
“I am sure the selectors at the various Mzansi
Super League teams will have taken note of the outstanding individual
performances during the CSA T20 Challenge,” concluded Moroe.