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.
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.
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.”
who have a new coach in Proteas wicketkeeping legend Mark Boucher, also know
all too well about early-season momentum.
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
is the only currency and we’ll hope to get some of that going early,” Mashimbyi
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.
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.”
faces that are included in their match day squad are Proteas fast bowler
Marchant de Lange and another former national all-rounder, Robin Peterson.
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.
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.
always a tough challenge going up to Centurion, but we’ll be prepared for it.”
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
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