The bizhub Highveld Lions hoping to catch some much-needed momentum when they lock horns with the VKB Knights at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday in their RAM Slam T20 Challenge match.
The #LionsCharge has a strong fight on the cards for the semi-final positions, with VKB Knights coach Nicky Boje quoted as saying: “I think it’s not just the Lions. All the teams are quality this year with the Proteas playing, so I think this will be another tough game.
“We’re getting to the business side of the competition now, so playing good cricket is extremely important.”
Like the Knights, the Lions too have been inconsistent so far. They are presently placed fifth with two wins, three loses and one washout from six games and coach Geoffrey Toyana knows the importance of the match in the Free State.
“Every game now is really important for us and we have to make sure we get some points on the board,” he said. “The Knights at home are very dangerous, so it will be tough, but it’s not something we can’t do.”
Toyana explained that they were even more eager to play on Friday after what happened on Wednesday when their derby clash with the Titans had to abandoned without a ball being bowled.
“We were very frustrated because of all the preparation put in beforehand,” he concluded. “We felt we were more than ready, but you can’t control those things at the end of the day. So we need to make sure we’re now in shape to deliver a good performance in Bloemfontein.”