T20 Domestic Cup

Titans hope for home final

2013-03-25 18:19
Matthew Maynard (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - The Titans have not changed their preparations ahead of the crucial Ram Slam T20 clash with the Knights in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, said coach Matthew Maynard, who is relishing the challenge of an all-to-play-for encounter.

"We haven't changed much in our preparation," Maynard said.

"The guys worked hard in practice on Monday and we're looking forward to the challenge of taking the Knights on. It's an important week for a number of sides and we know that we could finish anywhere from top of the log to fourth."

The T20 Challenge is reaching it's conclusion with four sides all vying for a spot in the final and a playoff place with just four matches remaining.

The Titans are one of the sides in contention for the prize of a home final when they take on the Knights.

A victory for the Titans could catapult the defending champions to the top of the log and earn them a home final, should the Highveld Lions lose against the Dolphins on Thursday.

The Knights, in turn, also have plenty at stake, as they are just one point behind their opponents.

Maynard was bullish about his side's ambitions and said that, while the aim is a home final, the best the Titans could do was to go for the win on Tuesday night.

"We're aiming for a home final... we know that result depends on how the Lions go in their last match.

"All we can do is win tomorrow night and see where that puts us. The Knights have got everything to play for as well and I'm sure it'll be a hammer and tongs affair with both sides studded with quality players." The Pretoria side have both Morné Morkel and Farhaan Behardien in their arsenal, while Ryan McLaren returns for the Knights, ensuring the line-ups are packed with a host of international stars.

AB de Villiers will miss out on the action, but has made himself available for selection should the Titans progress to the eliminator or final of the competition.

"Being the one-day captain takes a bit more out of you emotionally and physically, so De Villiers won't play this match, but he has made himself available for the rest of the competition should we progress."

The Titans have won five of their nine matches and lost three. One was rained out.

The  Knights have a similar track record, having won five and lost four of their nine matches.


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