Highveld Lions coach Enoch Nkwe is hoping to build on the solid start his team has made to the new 4-Day Domestic Series when they host the Cape Cobras in Johannesburg starting on Monday.
Malusi Siboto picked up a five-for in the Warriors second innings to help the Lions to a nine-wicket victory in Port Elizabeth.
The Lions will head to Port Elizabeth for their season-opening encounter against the Warriors next Monday and will be keen to improve on their last-place finish from last season. Below we preview the Lions team for the season ahead.
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.
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.
By merely getting on to the field at Senwes Park and scoring 217 against the Lions, the Cobras have taken the lead in the tight Sunfoil race.
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.
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.