Cape Town - Titans
coach Mark Boucher plans to continue giving opportunities to his young players
when the second half of their Sunfoil Series campaign resumes against the Cape Cobras in Benoni from Thursday.
limited-overs action took precedence over the past three months, the four-day
season will now be the focal point for the remaining five weeks of the term
with all six teams still in contention for the title.
As the only
side to have won a match out the 15 played so far, the Titans lead the way
going into round six.
They are just over under 11 points clear of defending
champions the Knights with just over 23 points separating top from bottom.
fielded a host of rookies throughout their campaign thus far with the likes of
Migael Pretorius, Andrea
Agathangelou, Alfred Mothoa, Corbin Bosch, Tony de Zorzi and Rivaldo Moonsamy
given game time opportunities, mainly due to national call-ups.
coach says he will not shy away from providing these players further chances.
beginning of my tenure here at the Titans I said that I want to sort of create
more and more Proteas for the Titans," Boucher said.
"A lot of people will look
at it now, and because we've lost more players, and say that the Titans squad
don't look at it like that. We're in a fantastic position at the franchise and
if we're losing players to the national team then we're in a fantastic
position. I'd be worried if we weren't losing players.
created opportunities and this is just another opportunity for them to come in
and scrap for a trophy."
ahead to the game at Willowmoore, Boucher believes the Cobras will
offer them a stern test.
tough start against the Cobras because they're in good form themselves, so
we'll need to make sure we begin on the front foot," he added. "But we are
leading the table at the moment, albeit by a small margin.
certainly enough firepower and skill in our squad to perform well and challenge
for the trophy."
coach Ashwell Prince is also looking ahead to the second half of the season
the greatest of starts to the white-ball season after we lost the first three
games, but to come back and reach the semi-final in both competitions with such
a young team was an excellent effort from the players," he explained.
side are presently placed fourth and have the advantage of twice playing the
Titans in the remaining half of the season - games that could be key to where
they end up this season.
the real deal and the big test for us," Prince added. "It's a good thing we're
in the position we're in and I'm sure everyone is thinking the same way. We're
all in the same boat, so there’s all to play for.
the Titans twice and I think for us, those could be the fixtures that determine
whether we can win the competition or not, starting with the match in Benoni
Dean Elgar (capt), Andrea Agathangelou, Corbin Bosch, Junior Dala, Henry
Davids, Tony de Zorzi, Eldred Hawken, Heino Kuhn, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Alfred
Mothoa, Migael Pretorius, Rowan Richards, Malusi Siboto, Shaun von Berg.
Dane Piedt (capt), Michael Cohen, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, George Linde,
Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith,
Stiaan van Zyl, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams.