Own Correspondent
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2 minute read
20 Jan 2016
12:32 pm

Sunfoil Series leaders set for Potch clash

Own Correspondent

The Jukskei derby between the Lions and Titans couldn't be a more pivotal clash.

KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 14: Nickey van den Berg of the Lions during day 1 of the Sunfoil Series match between VKB Knights and bizbub Highveld Lions at De Beers Diamond Oval on January 14, 2016 in Kimberley, South Africa. (Photo by Louis Botha/Gallo Images)

The Sunfoil Series table could be set for a shake-up this week when the bizhub Highveld Lions and The Unlimited Titans clash in a top-of-the table Jukskei Derby at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

Both rivals have a similar record at this stage of the season, winning three out of four matches, although the hosts are yet to be beaten.

“It’s a big one!” said home coach Geoffrey Toyana. “I think any game against our neighbours is big and this will be no different.

“We’ve prepared quite well and are coming off quite a good win in Kimberley. So I’m very, very happy with where we are. I still know we need to make some improvements in terms of our batting, but we’re looking forward to this week.”

The Lions, victors over the VKB Knights by 45 runs in their last game, will have their resources tested once more this week after the Proteas again drew on their stocks by calling up captain and opener, Stephen Cook.

Last week they lost fast bowler Hardus Viljoen, and are also without Kagiso Rabada and Temba Bavuma.

“It’s part of our job,” Toyana added. “Even though it’s tough, it’s really good to keep producing Proteas players.”

Good news, though, is that Alviro Petersen is back after injury and comes into the squad along with Devon Conway.

The Titans, who most recently claimed a memorable final day four-wicket win over the Sunfoil Dolphins, are expected to be unchanged.

Their coach Rob Walter believes the winner of the contest will have a big advantage.

“It’s a top-of-the-table clash so we’re expecting a good game,” he said. “We’ve both won three games at this stage, so whoever is able to come out on top from this game will basically put some distance between themselves and the other teams, so there’ll be some breathing space going into the second half of the season.”

HEAD TO HEAD – bizhub Highveld Lions v The Unlimited Titans

Matches Played                22

Lions Win                         06

Titans Win                        06

Draw                                  10