“If you look at the tournament then it’s basically 40 days of cricket and it’s quite difficult to rock up for every one of those, you are going to have off days. We had started very well, we led from the front, but then towards the back end we had a lot of disruptions and had to use a big group of players.
“So we had hard trials along the way and we were unsettled at times. But the team pulled together, we fought well, we showed character and attitude, and we were able to swing things our way,” said Boucher.
With Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Farhaan Behardien, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris, Dean Elgar and Heinrich Klaasen all on duty for their country at various times, and Junior Dala suffering an untimely injury, the Titans were forced to use 25 players in the competition.
And even though the champions had no standout player scoring 900 runs or taking 40 wickets, everyone chipped in at some time or another with an important performance.
“No individuals stood out and it was definitely a team effort with everyone chipping in at different times. We had to play through difficult periods at times, either batting for a long time or slowing the game down, and it took a lot of hard work to win this trophy. This was most probably our most satisfying title because we had to toil so hard for it,” Boucher said.
There is often a turning point in the season for a triumphant team and Boucher is convinced that for the Titans, it is the defeat they suffered against the Warriors in East London at the start of the month that provided the warning that everything was not running smoothly as the season came to a head.
“I thought the loss against the Warriors was the turning point because we had a very good chat after that. At that stage of a long season, people can start to get a bit irritated, so we changed a couple of things and it really helped. We hadn’t played great cricket up till then but we stayed in the competition and we gave ourselves a shot in the last game," said Boucher.
In terms of the attack, leg-spinner Shaun von Berg was the leading wicket-taker with 29 scalps. Although his average was a high 41.75, at times he had to sacrifice his normal attacking instincts for the good of the team and concentrate on containment.
Chris Morris made vital contributions with the ball in the couple of games he played, while Alfred Mothoa and Malusi Siboto were the work-horses of the attack through the competition.
With the bat, Markram was prolific in the first three games, averaging over a hundred, while Behardien returned after the white-ball internationals and made crucial runs and Elgar contributed a couple of big centuries.
With the Test opening pair away, Andrea Agathagelou’s input of 461 runs at 65.85 was vital, while Klaasen, Henry Davids and Heino Kuhn all weighed in with runs in the important moments.