Sunfoil Series

Boucher targets further progression

2016-10-26 13:23
Mark Boucher (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Titans coach Mark Boucher believes they are still a work in progress as they prepare to face the Cape Cobras in a Sunfoil Series clash at Newlands starting on Thursday.
 
The defending champions made a poor start to the season by losing their first two matches, before bouncing back to thump the Dolphins at SuperSport Park last weekend.

Now they are bracing themselves for round four in far better shape and with a lot more confidence behind them.
 
“It was a nice win last week, but we’re still very much a work in progress,” Boucher said. “We didn’t start the season well and we took it as an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and look at how we were going to re-approach our thinking with regard to four-day cricket.
 
“So there were a few things we needed to do and I think we did it fairly well last week. But by no means are we a finished product. There’s still a lot of hard work that is going to be done and needs to be done.”
 
Their opponents have made an even worse start to 2016/17 by their high standards, losing in the opening two rounds before a high-scoring draw with the Warriors at the same venue last weekend.

Only 14 wickets fell in what was a run-fest at Newlands, but Boucher expects a result-orientated wicket this week.
 
“I think the Cobras are also under a little bit of pressure, not having won their first two games and then drawing,” he added. “I'm not sure about the wicket, but I'm sure they’ll be looking for a result wicket as well, which should set the game up nicely for both teams.
 
“But either way, we can’t control the conditions, we just have to go out there and adapt.”
 
The Cobras faced 188 overs last week and were still batting on 567/7 when the match was declared a draw.
 
For coach Paul Adams, it was still a relief after back-to-back defeats as they look to build on that result this week.

“Our first-innings performances with the bat were one of the problem areas in the first two games, and it is a big highlight that we have set the record straight,” he said.
 
“We have been a bit patchy the first couple of games. What we need now, is to click in all three departments.”
 
Minimal changes are expected from both teams for the clash. Kyle Verreynne is expected to replace Dane Vilas behind the stumps for the Cobras as the latter is Australia bound to join the Proteas Test squad.

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05 January 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors, Durban 09:00
VKB Knights v Multiply Titans, Bloemfontein 10:00
BuildNat Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions, Paarl 10:00
12 January 2017
Warriors v BuildNat Cape Cobras, East London 10:00
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Kimberley 10:00
Multiply Titans v Highveld Lions, Benoni 10:00
19 January 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Highveld Lions, Pietermaritzburg Oval 10:00
26 January 2017
Multiply Titans v BuildNat Cape Cobras, Centurion 10:00
VKB Knights v Warriors, Bloemfontein 10:00
02 February 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Multiply Titans, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:00
Warriors v Highveld Lions, East London 10:00
BuildNat Cape Cobras v VKB Knights, Paarl 10:00
09 February 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v BuildNat Cape Cobras, Durban 09:00
Highveld Lions v VKB Knights, Johannesburg 10:00
Multiply Titans v Warriors, Benoni 10:00
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