MiWAY T20 Challenge 2011-12 March 7, 2012

All-round Lions consolidate at top

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Lions secured their place at the top of the points table after seven matches, with a seven-wicket win against the Knights in a rain-hit game in Potchefstroom. The Knights were asked to bat, and got to 136 for 9 in 18 overs. Pace bowler Chris Morris and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso did most of the damage, claiming the top-six Knights batsmen between them. Chasing a revised target of 90 in 12 overs, the Lions were steered by a quick 40 from their opener Gulam Bodi. He struck 40 off 34 balls before being run out, and that was enough to set up the win. The Lions eventually got home with four balls and plenty of wickets to spare.

The Dolphins were denied valuable points in a rained-out match against Impiin Benoni. Had Dolphins produced a win, the resultant four points would have put them at No. 4 in what is turning out to be a tight competition - teams two to six are separated by five points. For the new franchise, Impi, it was the first points of the season in nine matches.