Every game going forward is very important
The bizhub Highveld Lions will head to Buffalo Park Stadium in East London on Thursday as they take on the Warriors.
The Eastern Cape franchise ended a three-match losing streak by winning by 60 runs in Kimberley. It was a result that lifted them up to fourth on the table and they could make further gains depending on the outcome against the Lions – although both sides have played extra games compared to most of the other teams.
The Lions are also in a position where every game going forward is very important. So it’s going to be another big game.
The Lions have only won one of their five games thus far, so both can hardly afford another defeat as they enter the final part of the campaign and with the play-offs now looming.
Lions boss Geoffrey Toyana is now reaching desperation point as his frustration grows, especially around their batting.
They have been bowled out in three of their five games and the coach admits it is a problem area at the moment.
“It is a big concern,” he said. “Our batting has been struggling a bit. We’ve been 10 for two in four out of the five games and three down by the tenth over is not ideal at all.
“It is something we’ve chatted about and we do have quality players like Reeza Hendricks and Stephen Cook, who I'm sure will turn it around.
“Having said that, I also don’t think the bowlers have been great. We’re at a stage where we’re searching for that perfect game and if that can happen, it will make a big difference.”
“As I always say, in franchise cricket the teams are fairly evenly matched. So tomorrow it’s all about us pitching up and doing the same things we did yesterday.