Temba Bavuma has been appointed as captain of the Highveld Lions for the 2018-19 season in all formats.
Rassie van der Dussen, who ended the top batsman in the Sunfoil series, was hailed by his teammates as the Players’ Player of the Year at the Highveld Lions’ awards ceremony at Sun City on Thursday night.
Thirty games and 120 days’ scheduled play in the Sunfoil Series, and it all came down to a frenetic two days of desperate activity and enforced inactivity, from which the Titans emerged victorious.
Centuries by Stephen Cook and Reeza Hendricks enabled the Highveld Lions to end their Sunfoil campaign with a resounding nine-wicket win over the Cobras in Potchefstroom.
Chris Morris’ 6-55 paved the way for the Titans to become the Sunfoil champions after a remarkable two-day match in which they beat the Knights by four wickets.
The Titans dominated their first day’s play against the Knights at Centurion as they made a furious attack to snatch the Sunfoil crown.
Rain prevented play in any of the final three Sunfoil matches, raising the possibility of a lucky lottery if or when any team gets on to the field.
The Dolphins made a valiant effort, but the target of 285 set by the Lions was too much as rain had the final say to ensure the Wanderers match ended in a draw.
The Dolphins remain in a strong position to win at the Wanderers after the Lions lost four wickets in gaining a lead of 88.
An explosive century from Dane Vilas helped the Dolphins take control of their Sunfoil Series match against the Highveld Lions at the Wanderers.
Andrea Agathangelou scored a fine century to underpin the Titans’ day-one offering of 280-6 against the Cobras in their Sunfoil match at Paarl.
With just over five points separating the top four on the Sunfoil Series log, the pressure is on all teams to win in the penultimate matches, starting Thursday.
Jon-Jon Smuts took two wickets off two balls in the dying moments to give the Warriors an incredible Sunfoil victory over the Titans in East London.
A powerful display of lower order batting allowed the Knights to declare on 500-8, a lead of 283 over the Lions in their Sunfoil match in Kimberley.
A David Miller century, backed by an authoritative innings by Luthando Mnyanda, put the Knights in line for their first win of the Sunfoil Series, against the Lions.