Freshly crowned as one-day champions, the Titans have their eye on the double as they head to Buffalo Park to take on the equally in-form Warriors in the Sunfoil Series on Thursday. The Unlimited Titans have not picked up two trophies in a season since the 2011/12 campaign, but could do so this term if they can close the gap of 15.84 points that separates them from the Lions at the top of the table. ‘There’s a very good buzz around the team, but one thing we have addressed is that it’s just one trophy – it’s not enough. So the hunger is there in this team to win another one. We’re lying in second place, and if we can pick up three more wins over the next five games then we should be there or thereabouts,’ captain Henry Davids said.
After requiring injections to perform his heroics in the one-day final, Albie Morkel will sit out the fixture against the Chevrolet Warriors, but Ethy Mbhalati and Rowan Richards come back into the squad with some game time under their belts after turning out for Northerns in a three-day game against Namibia last weekend. The Warriors will be without Ayabulela Gqamane because of injury and Rusty Theron due to illness, while Davy Jacobs is still making his way back from ankle surgery. Having won six of their last seven games in all competitions – including their last three in the one-day competition – the Warriors enter the final stretch of the season on a high.
‘As a group I think we’ve come through a few tests that we’re proud of. We’re very chuffed that we’ve seen the results quickly, but there’s no doubt that we’ve worked hard for them. We obviously finished (the one-day tournament) on a high but we’re very aware that this is a new competition and we need to start again,’ coach Malibongwe Maketa said.
HEAD TO HEAD – Warriors vs Titans
Matches Played 21
Warriors Win 4
Titans Win 11