5 Titans players to watch out for

2015-01-21 15:25
Heino Kuhn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Titans haven’t had the best start to the Momentum One Day Cup. However during the break, the T20 tournament, the Proteas vs. West Indies and the Sunfoil four-day series all took place, the Titans players have picked up form and delivered some solid performances. Despite the disappointing T20 performance, where the Titans ended last on the log, the boys in light blue came back strongly in the four-day series.

Theunis de Bruyn

Theunis de Bruyn has had an amazing debut season, after ending off the first leg of the Momentum One Day Cup with 349 runs, which included two centuries and one fifty. The 22-year-old started 2015 with huge success, when he went on to play for SA ‘A’ against the England Lions and scored his maiden double century. He would be a pivotal player for the Titans, as Protea batsman Farhaan Behardien will not play for the Titans in the second leg.

Heino Kuhn

Wicket-keeper batsman, Heino Kuhn started off the first leg of the One Day Cup poorly, as he did not exceed over 20 runs in his fixtures. However, Kuhn has batted himself back in form after making some important runs in the Sunfoil four-day series. Kuhn hit an unbeaten 244 against the Lions earlier this week, as the Titans sit second on the four-day log. The opening batsman’s performance this leg will be crucial for the team, as they would like to comeback after a dismal start to the tournament.

Roelof van der Merwe

The all-rounder has been in tremendous form after delivering with both bat and ball this summer. Although, Van der Merwe didn’t deliver match-changing performances, his effort never goes unnoticed. Not only is he a wicket-taking bowler, but Van der Merwe has provided key performances with the bat. He has scored 281 runs in the four-day series this summer, consisting of a century and two half-centuries in four innings. He hasn’t been bowling much recently, however his ability to slow down the run-rate and take a few wickets will be crucial for his skipper.

Rowan Richards

Richards has improved from his tolerable performance in the first leg of the tournament. His performances in the longer version of the game have put him back in his comfort zone. Richards took 12 wickets in four innings this summer with an overall of 21 wickets in five matches. Now moving to the fifty-over format, Richards will not like to repeat his last season, bowling 16 extras and only taking a few scalps.

Marchant de Lange

De Lange’s performance with the ball has been exceptional, as he has continued with his good performances throughout this season. In the first leg of the One Day Cup, de Lange bagged 11 wickets with the best of 4/54 against the Warriors. He was third overall in the wicket-tally of this tournament and would want to continue leading from the front.

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