In case you missed it, which would be understandable given the sporting options available to follow, the Gauteng Lions became the outright first-class champions of SA for the 26th time with a quite brilliant victory against Western Province which reached its climax on Sunday, the fifth day of the final.

It was a compelling and fascinating match, as were the contestants within it, and they will remember it for the rest of their lives. The longer, and harder, you work at something, the more rewarding it is. From 35/5 on an overcast first morning and a green pitch, the Lions staged repeated fightbacks to triumph by 99 runs...

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