The Highveld Lions face two crunch Momentum One-Day Cup matches this weekend, starting with the Dolphins at Senwes Park on Friday and coach Geoffrey Toyana insists all their attention is focussed on the clash in Potchefstroom. The Johannesburg side, currently third on the table, also play the log-leading Cape Cobras on Sunday at Boland Park and will be hoping for maximum points from both games in order to turn over their current four-point deficit. Toyana says: ‘Our sole focus is on the Friday game. The Dolphins are coming off a good win over the Knights and will have their tails up a bit.’
Both the Lions and Cobras do have a game in hand over all the other teams, but every match is important as the competition reaches the business end of proceedings. Toyana says: ‘All the games now are important, not just for us, but for every team. It’s always the case where the competition starts to take shape around game seven and game eight. By the end of the weekend, we’ll see where we are and move forward from there.’ Aaron Phangiso and Hardus Viljoen both return to the squad, although the latter’s availability on Friday depends on a late fitness test after he was struck on his ankle during training.
After three consecutive losses, the Dolphins finally managed a positive scoreline when they won a rain-affected contest by 46 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method on Tuesday. The bonus-point triumph raised their play-off hopes – they now sit fourth and just a point behind the Lions – and coach Lance Klusener is just happy that their play-off aspirations remain in their hands. He says: ‘I’d like to think we still have a chance and I think the bonus point will help us too. But we still need to help ourselves by winning and hope some other results go for us. The nice thing is that things are still in our own hands.’
Klusener confirmed they will keep the same squad for the game.