Sunfoil Series

Titans plan a fresh start

2016-10-04 14:57
Mandla Mashimbyi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Titans may be the reigning Sunfoil Series champions, but they will not be going into their opening game against the Knights at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday thinking about their success, according to assistant coach Mandla Mashimbyi.

The Pretoria-based team are aiming to play it game-by-game as they bid to find the consistency that brought them the four-day prize last year.

“We don’t want to look too much at our success, we acknowledge it yes, but it’s not going to be something that drives us,” Mashimbyi said. “Our goal is to just play every game on its own and try and do the best we can.”

The Titans, who have a new coach in Proteas wicketkeeping legend Mark Boucher, also know all too well about early-season momentum.

They won their first two games last year and the first three out of five in total, before three more wins in the second half of the campaign took them to the coveted prize.

“Momentum is the only currency and we’ll hope to get some of that going early,” Mashimbyi adds.

From amongst their new signings, Malusi Siboto is expected to debut, while national opener Dean Elgar will also get a run. But Morne Morkel has been given an extra week off before he returns from injury.

Knights coach Nicky Boje, meanwhile, is looking ahead to getting going.

It is a new beginning in many ways for the Central Franchise, who have a new captain in the form of rising young batting star Theunis de Bruyn to lead them. “Everyone is really excited that the new season is finally here,” Boje said. “We had a good pre-season, some good quality games and outdoor practice in recent weeks, so we’re really looking for it.”

Other new faces that are included in their match day squad are Proteas fast bowler Marchant de Lange and another former national all-rounder, Robin Peterson.

The pair will give them some much needed experience, while the likes of Mbulelo Budaza and Diego Rosier will no doubt be buoyed by their showing in the Africa T20 Cup, where they helped Northern Cape reach the final this past weekend.

“We’ve got a quality squad of 20 players and we can select anyone,” added Boje, whose team ended third in the four-day format last term. “But I think we now have more experience and that will help us as well.

“It’s always a tough challenge going up to Centurion, but we’ll be prepared for it.”

Squads:

Titans

Henry Davids (captain), Qaasim Adams, Dean Elgar, Junior Dala, Heinrich Klaasen, Heino Kuhn, Aiden Markram, Grant Mokoena, Lungi Ngidi, Rowan Richards, Malusi Siboto, Shaun von Berg, David Wiese

Knights

Theunis de Bruyn (captain), Mbulelo Budaza, Marchant de Lange, Dillon du Preez, Michael Erlank, Luthando Mnyanda, Duane Olivier, Robin Peterson, Diego Rosier, Rudi Second, Lotli Sesele, Pite van Biljon, Shadley van Schalkwyk

Read more on:    titans  |  knights  |  sunfoil series  |  henry davids  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Thursday, 08 February 2018
Warriors v Highveld Lions, East London 10:00
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Bloemfontein 10:00
Multiply Titans v WSB Cape Cobras, Benoni 10:00
Thursday, 15 February 2018
VKB Knights v Multiply Titans, Kimberley 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions, Paarl 10:00
Warriors v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Port Elizabeth 10:00
Thursday, 01 March 2018
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:30
VKB Knights v Highveld Lions, Kimberley 10:00
Warriors v Multiply Titans, East London 10:00
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Highveld Lions v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Johannesburg 10:00
Warriors v VKB Knights, East London 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Multiply Titans, Paarl 10:00
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors, Durban 09:30
Multiply Titans v VKB Knights, Centurion 10:00
Highveld Lions v WSB Cape Cobras, Potchefstroom 10:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Who will you be backing in this year's Sunfoil Series?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.