Titans looking to improve
Jacques Rudolph (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - After drawing their opening match of the Sunfoil Series against the Knights last week, the defending champion Titans now have a chance to make amends when they take on the Warriors at George’s Park, starting on Thursday.
The Titans' bowlers endured of a torrid time during their first match with three of them going wicketless in the first innings as the Knights hit them to all corners of the park, despite being 59-4 at one stage.
If there was one shining light in the Titans’ bowling line-up, it was Ethy Mbhalati. The 30-year old took 11 wickets in total and was particularly impressive with the new ball up front in the first innings. Paul Harris was also impressive in the second innings, picking up four wickets.
The Centurion outfit will also be hoping to build on some good batting performances. Jacques Rudolph, Heino Kuhn and Roelof van der Merwe all impressed and notched up handy runs. Coach Mathew Maynard, however, admitted that the fielding was not up to scratch and that it’s an area his side will be looking to improve on before they take on the Warriors.
The Warriors will be looking to get their campaign off to a solid start after they struggled in last season’s competition, winning just two of their 10 matches and losing seven.
It's the ideal time for the defending champions to pull themselves together and get on level terms with the Cobras, who are topping the table after their mammoth 10-wicket victory in their opening match of the season.
The last time these two sides met was in February this year and the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled thanks to some atrocious weather. Before that, the two sides squared off in Benoni and the Titans claimed a convincing 202-run victory. With both sides missing some of their star Protea players, the match in Port Elizabeth has the potential to be an enticing encounter and should provide a tough challenge for both sides.
The weather forecast is looking fine at the moment, with sun and clouds forecast for most of the weekend, with the chance of a few spots of rain on Friday.