Titans enter last chance saloon
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Thursday, 7 November 2013

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MUCH like those Matric students whose procrastination forced them to do some last-minute cramming for exams over the past few weeks, The Unlimited Titans seemed to wait until the last possible moment to launch their bid for Momentum One-Day Cup play-off qualification.

 

Having won their last two games to stay in contention, success or failure now hinges on an all-important clash with the Chevrolet Warriors at Buffalo Park on Friday, and the adrenaline-inducing rush to beat the deadline appears to be working for them.

 

“We left ourselves with a must-win situation and it’s sparked off a bit of energy,” admitted Titans coach Rob Walters. “It’s important now to keep the guys pepped up; we’ve got it all to play for tomorrow, so it’s exciting.”

 

The equation for the Titans is relatively simple: win with a bonus point and they qualify; win without a bonus point and they must hope that the Sunfoil Dolphins lose to the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras; fail to win and they’re out.

 

The task for Walters’ side has been made all the more difficult by the unavailability of captain Henry Davids and all-rounder David Wiese, who departed South African shores on Thursday and Friday respectively to join up with the Proteas camp in the UAE. Graeme van Buuren and Ethy Mbhalati will replace them in the Titans XI.

 

However, the Titans may well be catching the Warriors at a good time, given that the Eastern Cape side will be returning home after a deflating one-run loss to the Cobras on Wednesday night.

 

“Such close games like that you can’t analyse too closely because there are such small margins, but one thing that we want to improve on is our starts,” said Warriors captain Davy Jacobs.

 

“We’ve been struggling all campaign with that, and we’ve probably reached the point where we’ll be forced to look at some other options (at the top of the order), but we’ll discuss that and see what we can come up with.”

 

The Warriors, who could finish anywhere from first to fourth depending on Friday’s results, look likely to be without Christiaan Jonker after he picked up a niggle on Wednesday. Jacobs suggested that they would wait to find out more about Jonker’s fitness before they made any other selection calls.

 

HEAD TO HEAD – Chevrolet Warriors vs. The Unlimited Titans

 

Matches Played                20

Warriors Win                    04

Titans Win                        13

Tie                                     01

No Result                          02

 

 

MATCH STATS (MOMENTUM ODC)

CHEVROLET WARRIORS

THE UNLIMITED TITANS

Highest Score

294/6 (Centurion 2011/2012)

298/6 (Centurion 2011/2012)

Lowest Score

127 (Centurion 2008/2009)

186 (Port Elizabeth 2011/2012)

Highest Individual Score

90 Robin Peterson (Port Elizabeth 2005/2006)

109* Martin van Jaarsveld (Benoni 2012/2013)

Best bowling in a match

5/42 Lyall Meyer (East London 2006/2007)

5/38 Justin Kemp (Centurion 2004/2005)

 

 

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