The Sunfoil Series resumes with the Titans having last seen action on October 25, but they have the advantage of having secured the only win in the competition thus far when they beat the Highveld Lions by nine wickets at the Wanderers in the fifth and final round to be played.
That means they go into the last five rounds of the tournament with a lead of 10.98 points over the VKB Knights, the defending champions.
“It’s very important that we start well because it’s a competition we haven’t played for quite a while. We need to start off on the right foot and we can’t afford to be trying to catch up after a day or two. There are still five games left and potentially it’s a competition we can win.
“My job as captain is to get the guys thinking four-day cricket again, to solidify those thought patterns. It’s all about going back to basics and we’ve had two good days of training and more to come today. It’s about getting time in the legs of the bowlers and about four-day disciplines for the batsmen. But doing the basics well is going to be the most important thing, we want to focus on those and not put ourselves under too much pressure,” said Elgar.
Having broken the deadlock in the Sunfoil Series in the last round of games, the Titans will be eager to keep their noses in front of the chasing pack, and the Cobras are certainly still one of the contenders because they are 15.54 points behind the Centurion side, so one win will basically be enough for them to catch up.
The Titans are also keen to put behind them as quickly as possible the disappointment of the shock loss to the Warriors in last week’s Momentum One-Day Cup semi-final.
“It’s a very important tournament for us, the Sunfoil Series is the one we all want to win, because being a four-day competition, we all know how hard and tough it is to win it. The Momentum One-Day Cup and the disappointment over that is now finished and we now have a very good opportunity to win another trophy after a relatively good start.
“We’re the only side to have won a game, so that works in our favour, but we still have to start well. Once we get back on top of our game, then hopefully things like ruthlessness will be coming through, but until then we’re going to be focusing on what we can control, which is our preparation and our mindset,” said Elgar.
The Cape Cobras pace attack will be one to watch at Willowmoore Park, with Proteas Dane Paterson and Vernon Philander possibly leading the onslaught.
“I’m sure the Cobras will come with a decent squad, it’s going to be a tough game and we certainly don’t take their opposition for granted. There’s been a bit of history between our two sides through the season, but we still have to focus on maintaining our standards. Only then can we think about putting a nail in their coffin,” concluded Elgar.
Full Multiply Titans squad to face the WSB Cape Cobras (from): Dean Elgra, Tony de Zorzi, Heino Kuhn, Andrea Agathangelou, Henry Davids, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Shaun von Berg, Eldred Hawken, Corbin Bosch, Migael Pretorius, Junior Dala, Alfred Mothoa, Malusi Siboto, Rowan Richards.