Albie makes first start for Titans
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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THE Unlimited Titans have seen their Sunfoil Series fixture against the Sunfoil Dolphins brought forward by a day at short notice, but Titans coach Rob Walter has been grateful for the break that his side has enjoyed recently.


Sunday’s ODI between the Proteas and India at Sahara Park Kingsmead meant that the Titans and Dolphins were unable to play last weekend, allowing them extra preparation time for their third four-day game of the season.


“I wasn’t too unhappy to have the time off,” said Walter. “I think it’s worked out nicely just from the point of view of getting the bowlers back into four-day cricket and then allowing a bit of time off from the game.


“We went straight into four-day cricket from the Momentum One-Day Cup so we hadn’t really had time to mentally get away from the game and allow various things to sink in.”


Although the Titans will be without regular captain Henry Davids because of his call-up to the Proteas ODI squad, Walters has a few positive changes for Wednesday’s game.


Albie Morkel will return from a sabbatical to play his first franchise game this season, while Rowan Richards is in the squad that will travel to Durban and Marchant de Lange has a chance of returning from a side strain.


For Dolphins coach Lance Klusener, the challenge has been to keep his side busy during a patch of inclement weather in Durban.


“We’ve been plagued by the weather all-round but I guess that’s the nature of four-day cricket in Durban,” he said. “There’s not that much you can do.


“We’re just trying to get guys some games and do as much practice as we can, but the weather looks dodgy for the next couple of days as well, so we get what we get.”


HEAD TO HEAD – Sunfoil Dolphins vs. The Unlimited Titans

 

Matches Played                19

Dolphins Win                    04

Titans Win                         05

Draw                                  10


MATCH STATS (SUNFOIL SERIES)

SUNFOIL DOLPHINS

THE UNLIMITED TITANS

Highest Score

548-6* (Durban 2012/2013

623/6* (Pietermaritzburg 2006/2007)

Lowest Score

62 (Centurion 2011/2012)

69 (Centurion 2012/2013)

Highest Individual Score

160 Vaughn van Jaarsveld (Durban 2012/2013)

216 Heino Kuhn (Pietermaritzburg 2006/2007)

Best bowling in a match

12/156 Imran Tahir (Durban 2010/2011)

8/61 Ethy Mbhalati (Centurion 2011/2012)

 



 

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