Cape Town - Titans
coach Mark Boucher believes a lot of work still lies ahead in his new job
despite winning his first trophy within five months of his appointment.
Proteas wicketkeeper led the Eastern Titans franchise to the T20 Challenge
title on Friday when they beat the Warriors by six runs in a tense final at
SuperSport Park in Centurion. It handed the 40-year-old his first trophy, but a
modest Boucher insisted that his role was more than just about winning
“A lot of
people may say it’s a dream start because of the results and because of the
trophy, but I don’t like to look at things like that,” he said. “I still feel
there’s a lot of work we can put into this whole set-up and that’s what we’ll
continue striving to do.
“But it is
nice to win a trophy and it is a nice start for me, it takes the pressure off a
bit. A lot of hard work still lies ahead.”
enabled the Titans to defend the title they won 12 months ago, while they are
also strongly placed to challenge for Sunfoil Series honours - they currently
top the standings after five rounds of the campaign.
“We have a
very good team here, I’ve just got to make sure I'm creating the right environment
for them to play in and the rest will take care of itself,” Boucher said.
“There’s still a long season ahead and we’ll enjoy this, but the focus
immediately shifts to the Sunfoil Series after that.”
assignment is a four-day one against the Knights in Bloemfontein starting
on January 5.
also hold that title and will be looking for an unprecedented treble in 2016/17.
“If we can
have another good month of January and early February, then maybe we can get
another trophy in the cabinet,” Boucher added.
“Then who knows, maybe we can
pick up three, but let’s take it as it comes. Next up is the Sunfoil Series and
that will be the focus going forward into the new year.”
Albie Morkel was also thrilled with the win, despite only playing for a little
over half the game.
all-rounder hurt his left hamstring while bowling the first over of the
Warriors’ chase, forcing him to leave the field and hand over the captaincy to
managed to pull through, which was extremely satisfying for Morkel.
it’s awesome (to defend the title),” he said.
“It’s what you train for as a
professional cricketer, you want to be part of big moments and big days like
this, whether it’s domestic cricket or international cricket, you always play
in some really hard work this season and I'm just happy we could finish it off.”