Davids played a key role over the weekend in the Titans securing a draw in Bloemfontein against the VKB Knights, leaving them in a 6.96-point lead over the defending champions. With the Titans in trouble on 208 for five replying to 363, the 38-year-old produced an inspired innings of 95 not out to keep them in touch with their hosts.
“It was very nice to contribute in the thick of the action, myself and Shaun von Berg had to consolidate the following day because if we had lost a couple more wickets we would have been in big trouble.
"And the next morning Marchant de Lange and Duanne Olivier – two of the quickest in the country domestically – had the second new ball.
“But I like challenges and we were able to come out of it fairly well, we ended in a decent position. Ideally Shaun and I would have liked to have batted longer together, but I find it very exciting batting with the tailenders. I still love the game, representing the Titans and trying to win trophies,” said Davids.
The 38-year-old who has played most of his 18 seasons in the top-order, was batting at number six and his other major innings in this four-day campaign came in the same position when he came in at 124 for four against the Highveld Lions at Centurion and scored a determined 137 that allowed the Titans to declare on 452 for seven and shade the bonus-points battle in one of the many draws this season.
“It’s definitely a different approach batting at six, although the game situation dictates a lot. Normally you end up facing the second new ball, and with the experience I’ve got at the top of the order, I’m well-equipped to handle that.
"You can also often take the game forward or sometimes you’re trying to protect the tailenders, it’s a great skill to have to be able to bat with the tail, I really enjoy it,” he said.
Even though the Knights led by 18 runs on the first innings and had reached 120 for two in their second innings at stumps on the third day, it did not fuel any ambition on their part to try and make a game of it; the final day in Bloemfontein was a sluggish affair with the home side adding just 136 runs in 60 overs.
Davids thinks the changes to the playing conditions for the Sunfoil Series, with each team getting six extra points in a drawn game, have not encouraged more positive cricket.
“The Knights weren’t interested in a declaration because they were apparently worried that if we won then we’d be 20-25 points ahead. But we’re still in the lead anyway. I guess it was just easier for them to play for the draw, but if we want positive cricket then Cricket South Africa have to look at that, especially giving six points for the draw,” said Davids.
The peculiar cycle of the Sunfoil Series this season that saw the franchises start with five games on successive weekends before two matches in February, has now thrown up a weekend off for the teams and Davids reckons there is still plenty of energy left in the troops as they look to clinch a second trophy this season.
“There are three games left and if we can win one or two of them then we should be right up there, so we’re going to try and win. The mood is really good in the squad, it’s a very young squad, but those guys are bringing energy and we still have enough experience around,” he said.
Given that he still averages 50.25 in this season’s four-day campaign, Davids, who was not able to complete the triumphant RamSlam T20 Challenge campaign or play much of a part in the Momentum One-Day Cup due to a knee injury, is not going anywhere, and thank goodness for that.