The Titans will be without last week’s double-centurion, Dean Elgar, as they seek the positive result against the Knights at SuperSport Park that would put them in contention for second place in the Sunfoil Series. Elgar was forced to retire hurt on 208 on Sunday after being hit on the head by a Dane Paterson bouncer, and has been diagnosed with mild concussion. The left-hander has been advised to take a week off to recover, but the good news for the Titans is that Qaasim Adams is hopeful of making a full recovery from his injury.
Coach Rob Walter said: ‘It’s not definite yet but he looks to have improved fairly significantly over the past week so hopefully he’ll be good to go. I haven’t discussed it with Henry (Davids) yet, but we might just stick with Kyllin (Vardhan) because he only had one knock, move Theunis (De Bruyn) back up to open and then bring Qaasim back into the side. We’re still playing for second – once we knew that we were out of the running for the trophy, we set our sights on that. So from our point of view it’s definitely not a case of having nothing to play for.’ While The Unlimited Titans are eyeing second, the fourth-placed Knights know that a comprehensive victory could allow them to steal third from their opponents this weekend. Fast bowlers Quinton Friend and Malusi Siboto will both return to the attack after taking a week off, and will replace the injured Duanne Olivier and Bokang Mosena.
Although the all-rounder put in a creditable debut as the Chevrolet Knights beat the Warriors last week, captain Werner Coetsee explained that conditions dictated that Mosena would miss out. Coetsee said: ‘His medium-pacers suited the slower East London surface with the wicketkeeper standing up to the stumps, but they probably won’t suit a quicker wicket at SuperSport Park.’
HEAD TO HEAD – Titans vs Knights
Matches Played 21
Titans Win 10
Knights Win 4