Cape Town - Knights
coach Nicky Boje and his Titans counterpart Mark Boucher are both
content with the starts their sides have made to the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
competition but know they face a tough battle when they clash in round two at
the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Wednesday.
eight-wicket winners when the tournament began over the weekend, with the hosts
winning away at the Warriors in Port Elizabeth thanks to half-centuries from
captain Theunis de Bruyn and David Miller.
The visitors thumped the Highveld Lions in the second match of a double header in Centurion where their
skipper, Albie Morkel, and AB de Villiers were the stars.
pleased with the way the first outing went, the way the guys bowled and
fielded," Boje said. "The two experienced players there with the
bat came through well to take us to the win, so all in all, it was a satisfying
way to start."
mentioned names are all international quality players and with all the Proteas available for the competition this season, Boje knows they face a
tough task in the Northern Cape.
Titans are a quality side with quality throughout their squad," he added.
"They have plenty of big names, but it's not about that at the end of the
day. It's how you play in the match that counts. We'll be going out there
trying to make sure we do our basics right in a competition that is looking
great with all the internationals playing."
meanwhile, will have been satisfied to have started the white-ball part of the
season with a victory.
defending champions were the only side among the three opening round winners
to have triumphed with a bonus point, but their demanding coach wants more.
good to start with a win, but I still thought we were a little bit rusty," he
said. "I don't think we bowled particularly well and I don't think we fielded
we have a strong batting line-up and I think it made the game look a lot easier
than it actually was. So there's a lot of areas I feel we can improve on going
Nine of the
11 players that turned out for the Titans on Sunday have international
experience and Boucher is pleased that so many Proteas are part of the
competition this year.
think the Proteas playing is going to raise the standard of cricket because
it's going to give a lot of the domestic players an opportunity they rarely
have, which is to test themselves and sort of judge themselves as to how good
they really are when they are up against a Protea bowler or batter," he concluded.
two-time defending champs are further bolstered by the return of Dale Steyn on
Play on Wednesday gets underway at 18:00.
Marchant de Lange, Andries Gous, Eddie Leie, Theunis de Bruyn (capt), Patrick
Kruger, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Grant Mokoena, Tshepo Ntuli, Duanne
Olivier, Keegan Petersen, Aubrey Swanepoel, Shadley van Schalkwyk
Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, Henry Davids, Albie Morkel (capt), Quinton de
Kock, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi,
Malusi Siboto, Dale Steyn, David Wiese