Reeza Hendricks scored a professional half-century to help the Lions seal a 19-run derby win against the Titans, despite missing out on World Cup selection.
At the halfway mark of the 4-Day Franchise Series, the Lions have crept up into second spot behind the Cape Cobras, while the Titans and Dolphins occupy fifth and sixth spots respectively on the log.
The Highveld Lions climbed to second spot on the log with a 186-run win over log-leaders the Cape Cobras on the final day of their 4-Day Franchise Series match, while the Dolphins and the Titans played out a draw.
The Knights cleaned up the Warriors on day three of the 4-Day Franchise Series to jump to second on the Series log, the Titans are well placed to push for a win over the Dolphins, while the Cobras overcame a top-order collapse to keep a window open against the Lions.
The Knights are looking set for their second win of the 4-Day Franchise Series, while log-leaders the Cobras have a mountain to climb in Paarl to make it five wins from five.
Wihan Lubbe is having a breakthrough 4-Day Franchise Series season, as he aims to cement his place in the Lions setup, writes KHALID MOHIDIN.
Cape Cobras assistant coach Faiek Davids insists there are no thoughts whatsoever about the 4-Day Domestic Series title creeping into their camp ahead of their round five encounter with the Highveld Lions starting in Paarl on Monday.
The Cobras enjoyed an emphatic win over the Dolphins at Newlands, while solid batting on the fourth day of matches in the 4-Day Franchise Series ensured draws in the other two fixtures.
The Cobras dominated day two of their 4-Day Franchise Series match against the Dolphins on Tuesday, with Vernon Philander and Pieter Malan together for most of the day in a record-breaking sixth wicket stand.
A competition record fourth-wicket stand of 350 between Rassie van der Dussen and Wiaan Lubbe helped the Lions dominate the opening day of the Jukskei derby again the Titans in Potchefstroom on Monday.
Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has refused to get carried away with his team’s results despite their flying start to the 4-Day Franchise Series, warning that the season is still in its infancy ahead of their meeting with the Dolphins at Newlands on Monday.
The Warriors pulled off a surprise 93-run victory on the final morning of their 4-Day Franchise Series match against the Dolphins at Kingsmead.
Day three of the 4-Day Franchise Series saw the Lions and Cobras race to comprehensive victories, with the Dolphins poised to follow suit on day four.
Day two of the 4-Day Franchise Series saw the batsmen coming into their own as the Titans regrouped to keep themselves in the game against the Cobras, the Lions took a healthy lead over the Knights and the Dolphins cashed in against the Warriors.
Enoch Nkwe has opted to remain positive in the face of the indifferent 4-Day Franchise Series start made by the Highveld Lions as they prepare to take on the Knights in Johannesburg from Monday.