The 4-Day Domestic Series will resume on Thursday following an extended hiatus over the December period.
The Central Gauteng Lions’ 100% record is on the line when the Division One log leaders take on the KZN Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban.
The second-placed EP Warriors will host the Boland Rocks at St George’s Park in Gqeberha, while the Free State Knights are home to Western Province.
The Northerns Titans will be in search of their second win of the season when they face the North West Dragons in Potchefstroom.
The games will be streamed live on SuperSport’s YouTube Channel.
Lions head coach Wandile Gwavu is looking forward to the match against the Dolphins.
“We are happy with the way we started the season,” Gwavu said. “Any team would be happy with winning four out of four games, but we are not relying on what has happened. We have passed those four games; we have put them behind us; we have celebrated.
“Most importantly, we are a team that is always looking for improvement and that is exactly what we are going to be doing now and our full focus is on the game starting tomorrow against the Dolphins.
“It’s always an exciting match against the Dolphins, especially away from home; different conditions and a competitive team. We do respect them, but we have a team that we believe in, full of youngsters, despite us losing Proteas.”
On how he is keeping the team grounded during their impressive run, Gwavu said: “I think it’s part of our culture. We always want to do more; yes, we have won four games, but there is still a lot of hunger within the change room, within the team, not only the players but the coaching staff.
“Our hard work hasn’t stopped, if anything, with every win that we manage to get, the hard work keeps improving each day. We are not only motivated by the wins – they do help – but we are motivated by the improvements.”
Dolphins captain Marques Ackerman rues the opportunities lost during the first half of the season due to rain-affected games as they drew all four of their fixtures.
“This is a great opportunity for us now for the second half of the season, to really put some good performances in. The guys are hungry, and we know we have to win for things to change around in this year’s four-day campaign,” Ackerman said.
“The Lions have had a really good start in the four-day campaign. They are a good team, but we are focusing on ourselves this season and when it comes to our home ground, we can do with turning things around and even changing their momentum.
“Our mindsets are good, training really hard and we are really excited to play against them,” he added.
4-Day Series Round 4 & 5 fixtures (13-16 January):
EP Warriors vs Boland Rocks (St George’s Park, Gqeberha)
KZN Dolphins vs Central Gauteng Lions (Kingsmead, Durban)
Free State Knights vs Western Province (Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein)
North West Dragons vs Northerns Titans (JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom)
KZN Inland Tuskers vs South Western Districts (Pietermaritzburg Oval)
Eastern Storm vs Northern Cape Heat (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Mpumalanga Rhinos vs Limpopo Impalas (Uplands College, White River)
Division One log
|1.||Central Gauteng Lions||4||4||0||0||92.00|
|4.||Free State Knights||4||1||1||2||55.88|
|7.||North West Dragons||4||0||3||1||31.16|
Division Two log
|1.||KZN Inland Tuskers||3||2||1||0||59.08|
|2.||Eastern Cape Iinyathi||3||1||1||1||40.86|
|3.||Northern Cape Heat||2||1||0||1||36.05|
|4.||South Western Districts||2||1||0||1||35.02|