While the Cape Cobras welcome back Richard Levi for the Momentum One-Day Cup final on Sunday, the Lions are set to be without Temba Bavuma and Eddie Leie.
The Cobras are hosting a home final after topping the log by winning seven of their 10 games including five bonus points.
Coach Paul Adams admits it makes them favourites for the final.
‘We are playing at home and we have been playing very good cricket, so we will bring that confidence to the final,’ he said. ‘We’ve had some time off away from the game, before regrouping again this week. It’s been all about preparing and gearing ourselves up for this big game. Now we’re ready for it.’
The Cape side have named a similar squad to the one that has served them so well throughout the competition, with Levi’s inclusion giving them further batting strength.
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana, whose side ended the regular season second on the table, has confirmed he is still sweating over the fitness of Temba Bavuma (back) and Eddie Leie (hamstring).
Both are likely to miss out, though, having also missed the Qualifier against the Warriors in midweek.
‘It’s a big game, it’s a final; it’s the home of the Cape Cobras. We lost to them away a few weeks ago, even though that was in Paarl, but we also beat them at home this season. So we’re expecting a mouth-watering affair,’ Toyana said.
The Lions have a poor head-to-head record against the Cobras, winning just six out of 25 meetings, but Toyana feels it is an unfair reflection of his side.
‘To be fair, ever since I’ve take over as coach [in 2012] it’s been much closer, probably a split four and four over eight games. Games between the two are always competitive.’
The Lions last won the title when they shared it with the Cobras back in 2012/13. However, their last outright title was way back in 2003/04.