Cape Town - The Titans and Cape Cobras head into their round eight Sunfoil Series clash with
plenty to gain from their encounter at SuperSport Park in Centurion starting on
either team will be massive in the context of what is shaping as one of the
tightest four-day seasons in recent memory.
teams are still in contention for the title, although the bottom-placed Cobras
will in all likelihood need to win all three of their remaining games to stand
a chance, starting with this weekend's trip to the capital.
who are also the defending champions, are presently second, but a win is likely
to move them top and also put an end to the visitors’ hopes of claiming the
coach Mark Boucher believes the team that plays most positively is likely to
emerge victorious come the end of the term, particularly with more rain
predicted for the next four days.
"It's very unfortunate that a lot of the
Sunfoil Series has been weather-affected, which doesn't make it easy to get
wins," he said.
spoken about this and decided that we're just going to go out there and try and
win the competition by being very positive. Playing aggressive cricket, that’s
the way we feel.
to back ourselves and we can’t be afraid of losing. We'd rather go out there
and try and win the competition. It's an exciting brand of cricket to play, but
hopefully our skills will be able to pull us through. We can't control the
weather, unfortunately, but we can control how we play our game and our
failed to win any of their first five matches of the season, before seemingly
turning the corner after a change of management and the introduction of Ashwell
Prince as new coach.
always known that the Cobras are a good side," Boucher added. "They've got some
good individuals playing for them.
didn’t start of the season too well, but they've seemed to have turned that around
a bit. We respect that fact that they've got a good team and we'll give them
the respect they deserve."
have been heavily affected by national call-ups with Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz
Shamsi, Chris Morris, Farhaan Behardien and Heino Kuhn all away, although the
latter is expected to be back in time for the start on Thursday.
a few players, but it's an opportunity for others to step up and do well,"
Cobras, they will be looking to build on a strong start to the second half of
the campaign, which included beating the Highveld Lions and drawing with
the odds are against them going all the way and winning the title, assistant
coach Faiek Davids is adamant it can be done.
"In terms of quality and talent, I believe we
have the cricketers to pull off those three wins in the final three four-day
matches of 2016/2017," he said.
"This is a
special team and it is on the right path."
Davids, Junior Dala, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Heino Kuhn, Aiden Markram,
Grant Mokoena, Rowan Richards, Malusi Siboto, Jonathan Vandiar, Shaun von Berg,
Kleinveldt, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Justin Ontong, Andrew Puttick,
Zakhele Qwabe, Omphile Ramela, Dane Piedt, Jason Smith, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane
Vilas, Lizaad Williams.