Geoffrey Toyana admits that he and his bizhub Highveld Lions coaching squad are soaked in disappointment after a poor Momentum One-Day Cup, but admits a lot of lessons were learnt during the campaign
An outstanding 179-run opening stand by centurion Reeza Hendricks and rookie Janneman Malan ensured the bizhub Highveld Lions ended the Momentum One-Day Cup season on a positive note after a 138-run win over the VKB Knights in Potchefstroom on Friday.
A strong showing after the Johannesburg-based side lost to the Hollywoodbets Dolphins by seven wickets on Wednesday night, and, with the Warriors beating the Central franchise in East London, they were eliminated.
Right-hander Hendricks compiled his 10th List A ton after amassing 105 (121 balls, 13 fours), while his 21-year-old partner, Malan, playing just his second franchise match and making his home debut, struck a free-flowing 83 (87 balls, 9 fours, 2 sixes).
Their first wicket partnership paved the way for the host to score 299 for seven at Senwes Park, with the visitors then bowled out for 161 in 36.3 overs as they ended with the wooden spoon.
Bjorn Fortuin was the pick of the bowlers after bagging a career-best 4/22 that ensured the Lions also took away a bonus point.
Both sides have been poor this season and were looking to regain some pride from the contest in what was a dead-rubber in the North West.
After the hosts won the toss and batted, Hendricks and Malan left them in a strong position, before the stand was broken after 30.5 overs.
Wiaan Mulder’s 37 not out off 22 balls and 33 by Rassie van der Dussen then ensured the momentum continued, although two wickets each by Ottniel Baartman (2/56), Romano Terblanche (2/49) and Corne Dry (2/53) did reel in the home side slightly.
The visitors then made a good start to the chase by reaching 103 for two in the 20th over, thanks in the main to top-scorer Pite van Biljon (42).
But Fortuin ran through the middle and lower order with good support from Mulder, whose three for 32 was also a best effort in List A cricket.
“We have a young side and have given a few new faces a chance. There is Janneman Malan for instance, who came in and really impressed me”
“He’s one for the future, but for now, as I say, we will reflect on what has been a disappointing campaign for us.”
Toyana says everyone in the Lions squad is hurting.
He added: “We were quite bad and below par in terms of our plans and how we wanted to execute them last night.
“We were just not good enough and that’s in all aspects of the game.
“I thought we were poor with the bat again and overall it is an area that has let us down.
“To get bowled out in seven out of nine games is a massive disappointment. It was just not good enough and everyone in the squad is feeling it.”
The team managed to rack up 3 wins, 7 loses and a tie in their campaign. Toyana, though, is happy that his team managed to at least restore some pride and end the season with a bang.