South Africa: Lions Deserved 4-Day Title – Coach Gwavu

Lions coach Wandile Gwavu says he is delighted that his team have been crowned 4-Day Domestic Series champions after the season was prematurely ended last week due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Board of Directors and Members’ Council both endorsed recommendations of the Interim Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith , that tournament titles for the 2019/20 term are awarded in accordance with log standings across the men’s franchise and senior provincial tournaments as well as the women’s leagues.

It meant that Gwavu’s team claimed the title ahead of the Titans, two games early.

The Johannesburg-based franchise finished with 121.62 points, while their cross-Jukskei rivals ended on 113.16.

“It’s a great feeling,” Gwavu said. “This is probably the toughest competition to win on the local circuit and to have done it two seasons in a row, defending the title, is actually one of the toughest things to do.

“So, I am delighted to have won the four-day title and I have to give a lot of credit to the players and everybody whose involved with Lions cricket for doing such a great job in helping us retain the title.”

All celebrations for the Lions, however, are on ice for the next three weeks at least.

“The pandemic is a very serious matter and the guys will be staying at home, so there will be no celebrating just yet,” Gwavu explained.

“Rather be at home and stay with your families where it’s safe, so celebrations are on ice for now.