Johannesburg - Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana has no doubt that the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
pace-setting Titans can be beaten when the two lock horns in their
Jukskei derby clash at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on
defending champions have looked invincible during the opening five games of the
competition, winning four of them, with only rain denting their 100 percent
record through a wash-out against the Dolphins in Benoni last
dominance, though, Toyana feels they have the capacity to beat their Gauteng
can (be beaten),” he said.
“I really, really believe that we’ve got the
personnel in our squad to challenge them.
“If you look at our bowling attack, I strongly believe it’s one of the best
attacks in the competition. So we need to combine that with our batting to try
and get that perfect performance.
the Wanderers where we really play good cricket, so the Titans can be beaten.”
left the Titans frustrated, it was an even worse weekend for the Lions after
they lost both their games – first to the Cape Cobras last Friday and then
against the Warriors on Sunday.
“It was a
disappointing weekend for us, very frustrating in many ways and there were some
decisions over the two games that proved to be crucial,” Toyana reflected.
that is now behind us and we look forward to playing good cricket in front of
our home fans.
“It’s a big
one also if you consider the bottle neck on the table with so many teams so
close by. That’s what makes this game even more crucial.”
neck the coach refers to is the log jam developing behind the Titans. The
Dolphins are presently second on 10 points, while the Warriors are last on six
and it appears that five teams will be fighting for three semi-final positions
at this stage, unless the champions can be caught.
Centurion-based outfit, the next five matches will be about maintaining the
high standards they have set for themselves, according to assistant coach
aware what we need to do to maintain the high levels we set for ourselves,” he
“We want to win every game and Wednesday will be no different.”
assistant coach admits he has seen improvement in the Lions from their opening
round meeting when they won by eight wickets at SuperSport Park.
expects his side to win if they can maintain the same intensity from the first
half of the campaign.
definitely showed some improvement from the first game we played,” Mashimbyi
“So we’ll respect them because there’s no chance of us taking any team
lightly in the competition.
out there and aim to play like we always do because we know when we play with a
certain intensity, it will be difficult for anyone to beat us.”