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Lions snatch 4-Day title from under Cobras' nose

The Lions, under the stewardship of Enoch Nkwe, have claimed the 2018/19 title with just a few overs left of play in the final evening in Potchefstroom.

The  Lions are the 2018/19 4-Day Domestic Series champions. Picture: @LionsCricketSA/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The 4-Day Franchise Series ended in dramatic fashion and capped off a superb domestic season in terms of results and excitement amongst local fans.

The Lions, under the stewardship of Enoch Nkwe, have claimed the 2018/19 title with just a few overs left of play in the final evening in Potchefstroom.

What makes the victory even sweeter is that five overs were wiped out because of rain.

The Warriors seemed to be heading for a draw, with Yaseen Vallie and Sinethemba Qeshile combining for an 85-run fourth wicket stand, however, Nono Pongolo and Nandre Burger made inroads into their tail in the afternoon to give the Lions a small opening into claiming a possible title.

Now, just after 5pm when the last hour of play was to commence, the Warriors had only two wickets in hand.

The new ball was taken after the 80th over and that gave the Lions the boost they wanted and the breakthrough they desired.

Burger had Basheer Walters caught behind and just after 6, Wihahn Lubbe bowled Sithembile Langa's.

For the Cobras, it was absolute heartbreak as they were the competition's early pace setters and didn’t relinquish top spot literally until the last ball of the Lions match.

Zubayr Hamza's masterful double-ton counted for nothing eventually, although, he showed he is a man to be relied on when the chips are down.

Their match in Pietermaritzburg ended in a draw. One must feel for Cobras coach Ashwell Prince as his teams led both the 4-Day Series and the Mzansi Super League for most of the respective conceptions but failed to win it in the end.

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