Cape Town - Titans
coach Mark Boucher remains confident in their prospects ahead of their derby clash against the Highveld Lions at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.
defending champions were beaten by the Warriors last Friday for their second
loss in succession, but they have managed to hold on to top spot.
the competition is now at a crunch stage with just three match days remaining
and the Titans hold a slender one-point lead over the Warriors.
“It’s getting tight at the top there, but we
remain in control of our own destiny,” Boucher said. “If we win our next two
games, we should get a home final.
“So it is
close, but that’s how T20 cricket is designed. We’re in a position where we
don’t need to rely on anyone and the plan is to still go out there and secure a
on the loss to the Warriors last Friday, Boucher insisted it was water under
the bridge as he had swiftly moved on.
looking too much into that defeat. But I thought it was a first stumble as a
batting unit, so that was disappointing. Hopefully the guys can pick up now
after a small rest and finish strongly heading into this week.”
have stuck with the same squad that has already served them so well this
season, meaning there is no return for any of their Proteas, bar
Tabraiz Shamsi, who did play the last game.
on the other hand welcome Temba Bavuma back for the Jukskei derby with Dwaine Pretorius are looking far better now in third position after three wins in a
pleased how we’ve come back in the past few games,” their coach Geoffrey Toyana
won the first round meeting in a game that marked the start of a fine run of
five straight wins and Toyana was hoping they would be able to get one back in
us in our own back yard and hopefully we can do the same to them,” he added.
“Both teams will be under pressure because of the tightness on the log. But it
will be a matter of whoever pitches up on the day.”
HEAD – Titans v Highveld Lions