was one of three bowlers to pick up a six-for in the match as Lions beat Warriors
by an innings and 20 runs to move to the top of the first-class points table.
Sipamla took 6 for 34 as Warriors were bowled out for 96 in their first innings, before Marco Jansen took 6 for 38, as Lions were dismissed for 170. Then Sisanda Magala
's 6 for 30 knocked the Warriors over for just 54 on an unusually bowler-friendly St George's Park strip. There were no individual scores of 40 or more in the match.
"We don't usually get such seamer-friendly conditions at this venue," Sipamla, who moved from Warriors to Lions two seasons ago, told ESPNcricinfo. "The pitch gave us a lot. It wasn't drastic movement and we just had to be very consistent with where we put the ball."
The result is that Sipamla is now the top wicket-taker
in Division One of the competition with 12 wickets from the two matches he has played so far, at an average of 13.50, and has provided a timely reminder of his red-ball credentials with a Test summer looming. South Africa host India for three Tests
, starting in mid-December at Sipamla's new home ground, the Wanderers, where he last played for the senior side earlier this year. He made his debut last summer, in the series against Sri Lanka, where he took 10 wickets across two Tests but then found himself on the sidelines.
"It's tough with the national set up with KG (Kagiso Rabada), Anna (Anrich Nortje) and Lungi (Ngidi) all fit," " Sipamla said. "Last year, I got the opportunity because there was an injury (Rabada was recovering from a groin strain) and I took it with both hands, played well. Then, the senior players came back and just made things tough. I was part of the Test series with Pakistan as well but couldn't get game time because its' tough competition. But I am still in the system and am focusing on the Lions."
After traveling with the national side to Pakistan in January-February but was then not included on their winter tour to West Indies. Instead, he went with the South African A team to Zimbabwe where he got game time and finished as their third-highest wicket-taker
in the one-day series and second highest
in the curtailed unofficial Test series. Now, he is one of the leaders of Lions' attack, albeit the most inexperienced in age terms, and is relishing the time with former Test player Duanne Olivier, and experienced domestic campaigners, Sisanda Magala and Malusi Siboto.
"I am the youngest among the four so I am learning a lot," Sipamla said. "My move to the Lions was to try and get as much exposure to senior players as I can. I am trying to be a sponge and it's helping me a lot."
His new-ball partner, Olivier, has instilled in Sipamla an appreciation for the present moment. "He has taught me about mental toughness and also aggression. He focuses on the now and the task at hand. Opening the bowling with him has allowed me to be calmer, and just see what's necessary at that moment in time," he said, while Magala helps Sipamla find his fight. "He is also another aggressive type of bowler. He is fit, he is strong and he adds a lot of value in terms of seniority."
Although Sipamla does not have specific boxes to tick to catch the national selectors' eyes again, he is working on, "trying to keep things a lot tighter and to have more control on where I place the ball," he said. "And working on the mental side of the game." He recognises that the "Proteas are on the up,"and is happy to bide his time until he is reconsidered. That may be sooner than he expects, though. South Africa have a heavy Test load over the coming months with the India series, a tour to New Zealand and matches against Bangladesh in the home summer before a tour to England in August.