Lions set for Ram Slam Dolphins showdown in Durban
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana is just hoping for a game in Durban as his bizhub Highveld Lions side prepare to take on the Hollywood Dolphins in a vital Ram Slam T20 Challenge encounter at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday.
Both the Hollywood Dolphins and bizhub Highveld Lions face a tricky conclusion to the tournament. They are amongst five sides separated by four points on the table, with three of them gunning for a place in the semi-finals, which the log-leading Multiply Titans have already qualified for.
With wet weather forecast for game-day, the chances of playing do not look entirely good, although for two of the three abandoned games, the forecast was clear.
The Johannesburg-based side had their last match against the VKB Knights called off after just 13 overs on Friday.
“It has been frustrating because there were two games we did not play,” Toyana said. “In the last game we were in a good position, but unfortunately it rained there and now we’re going to Durban where we all know what the weather has been like.
“So it is getting tight and fortunately the results went our way over the weekend. It’s kind of put everyone on even keel again.”
Toyana reckons that one win may be enough to get one of the sides through.
“I suspect that a team can still make it with one win, but I guess you will need two just to be safe,” he concluded. “So we hope we can get some cricket in and get the result we require.”
The match is the reverse fixture of the thriller in Potchefstroom were a maiden century T20 from Reeza Hendricks helped the bizhub Highveld Lions secure a thrilling last-ball victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins
When Dolphins coach Grant Morgan was asked if he had a specific points target for the remaining three games, Morgan added: “We’re trying to win three cricket games, that’s the approach for us, starting with the Lions tomorrow.”
“So nothing has changed for us. It’s key for me that the guys maintain what they have been doing.”
“Last year we were on the other scale where we were top and ended up missing out, hopefully this year it will be other way around. So there’s no need to panic at this stage.”