Titans back big-match temperament
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Tuesday, 4 February 2014

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THE Unlimited Titans coach, Rob Walter, believes that his side will come up against the best team in the RAM SLAM T20 competition when they take on the Sunfoil Dolphins in Wednesday’s play-off qualifier at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.

Although the final table would suggest that the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras are the toughest outfit in the tournament, having finished six points ahead of the Dolphins in the league standings, Walter believes otherwise.

“I think the Dolphin are the best overall, especially now with the Cobras losing most of their national players,” he said.

Nevertheless the Titans have a good record against the Dolphins - they’ve won eight out of 14 encounters in this format - and have shown big-match temperament at key points of the season, most notably in November’s Momentum One-Day Cup play-off against the same opponents.

“I think we’ve got a history of performing well in pressure games, so that’s a good omen for us,” said Walter. “I also don’t think we’ve played our best cricket this season, but we’ve shown signs of it in the last four games which has been good. We’ll have to play particularly well to win.”

The Titans expect Albie Morkel to recover from the tonsillitis which kept him out of Sunday’s win over the Chevrolet Knights, and have drafted Marchant de Lange and CJ de Villiers into the squad to fill in for Morne Morkel, who is now on Proteas duty.

The Dolphins are fortunate in that they have not lost any players to the national side, and coach Lance Klusener is confident that they can atone for their costly defeat in November.

“It’s totally different (to that game) because of the way we’ve been playing - we’ve got some nice momentum going and we’re tough to beat at home,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge; we know the Titans are a good team and they’re a team that play well in big games. But if we pitch up and play good cricket then no-one beats us.”

The Dolphins have no injury concerns for the game, which is one of the most financially important in the domestic season given that the winner will seal a spot in the Champions League Twenty20 later this year.

SuperSport will broadcast the match live, with coverage starting at 5.30pm.


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