Cape Town - Titans
coach Mark Boucher is pleased that their solid first half of the Sunfoil Series
season was finally rewarded with a victory in the final game - one that gave
them outright leadership at the top of the log.
Pretoria-based franchise overcame the Highveld Lions in their round five
encounter last week for their maiden win of the campaign.
In fact, it
was the only win by any side in the competition to date, with the 14 other
games all producing draws.
wicket played its part and I felt it was a good cricket wicket, good for
bowling and if you knuckled down and did some hard graft, you could get some
good runs as well," Boucher said.
"So I'm very pleased we got the
result, especially after all the hard work we put in during the first half of
the season. It's nice to get a reward out of it all."
had played the Lions, the Dolphins twice and the Warriors in the previous four
also the franchise that had to use the most number of players in the opening
part of the season.
A total of
21 were used, mainly due to injuries, but also because of national call-ups.
were forced into changes because of various reasons, there were injuries and
then national call-ups, so it wasn't ideal," Boucher explained.
it happens, opportunities were presented to others and for us there were
openings for guys like Corbin Bosch and Migael Pretorius, so those guys stepped
in and came through with flying colours.
I'm pleased with the depth and hopefully we can get more settled in the
have amassed 79.68 points so far, over 10 ahead of the Knights (68.70). But
the competition is extremely tight with the bottom-placed Lions on 56.38
predicting a much more exciting second half of the season.
"I think once the
competition starts to break up a bit with some wins then you'll start to see
riskier cricket being played because there’s so many points for a win," he
"So we can
expect things to be more exciting in the second-half, there'll be more rolling
of the dice if you want to call it that.
"I've got a
feeling that things will start opening up in the next part of the season."
Titans focus now shifts to the shortest format, with the T20 Challenge
scheduled to begin next Friday, November 10.
The Titans play the Lions again in the opening round.