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.
The Dolphins return to Kingsmead Cricket Stadium for their 4-Day Franchise Series clash with the Titans starting on Monday hoping to go into the mid-season break with some momentum.
Assistant coach Imraan Khan says the Dolphins are hurting after another disappointing 4-Day Domestic Series outing this past week but says they can make up for it when they welcome champions the Titans to Durban from 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.
Theunis de Bruyn’s 147 on day three against the Cobras is our early pick for Play of the Day.
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.
Assistant coach Mandla Mashimbyi says the Titans are fully aware that they have yet to meet their usual standards this season, and he is hopeful things will change when they host the Cape Cobras in the 4-Day Franchise Series in Centurion on Monday.