Highveld Lions Rule Gauteng After Titans Win

Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Eddie Leie claimed three wickets apiece as the Highveld Lions bowled the Titans out to record a 38-run victory in the Momentum One-Day Cup on Friday.  Chasing a target of 261 at Bidvest Wanderers, the Titans were gradually picked off by the Lions bowlers so that they were ultimately dismissed for 222 in the 46th over.  While Tsotsobe’s double strike up front ensured that The Unlimited Titans were always on the back foot, Leie picked up three wickets in four overs to take care of the middle order.

David Wiese drew things out with a run-a-ball 77 on his return from injury, but by that stage he was largely fighting a losing cause.  Tsotsobe finished with the excellent figures of 3/29 and appears to be on a serious mission to ensure a comeback to the Proteas side, bowling with pace and accuracy, while Leie took 3/54.  It was Tsotsobe’s second Man of the Match award.

The bizhub Highveld Lions innings was built on a solid opening partnership of 106 between Stephen Cook and Alviro Petersen that rattled along at five to the over until Cook was bowled by Marchant De Lange for 55.  Petersen went on to score 76 from 97 deliveries, while Neil McKenzie added 36 before he was run out by some swift fielding by Rowan Richards off his own bowling.  At that stage the Lions were 211/4 with just six overs to go, but Jean Symes (41) and Dwaine Pretorius provided the late hitting required to secure a competitive total.

De Lange took three late wickets to finish with figures of 4 for 57 in 10 overs, but it was the combined strike power of the Lions bowlers that had the final say on the outcome.