Sky Blues upbeat head of busy period in T20 Challenge

Successive rain-outs have been frustrating for the Multiply Titans, but skipper Farhaan Behardien says that the team is still in buoyant mood in their CSA T20 Challenge campaign.

“We are a bit frustrated by the lack of cricket, but we are upbeat about the games that we have played,” the middle-order star said ahead of a visit to the Bidvest Wanderers tomorrow.

The Titans have seen games against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the VKB Knights washed away, and the latter affair was even more frustrating as they had got themselves into a good position before the weather came in.
“Diego Rosier played a really good innings for us. He and Theunis de Bruyn set things up for us very nicely, and we had 136 after 17 overs. We were looking for about 160, which we felt would be really competitive on that wicket,” Behardien bemoaned of Sunday’s game in Kimberley.
Of Rosier, the Titans skipper was most complimentary, saying the top order newcomer had brought a different dimension to the team.
“He is a very talented player. Maybe he didn’t get the opportunities before at the Knights, but he has them now, with a few guys away overseas.
“He plays with flair, and maybe brings something which the other teams haven’t seen before.”
The Titans visit to the bizhub Highveld Lions on Thursday is the start of a road-trip, and a hectic run of fixtures.
“There are six games for us in the next 11 days, so we are ready for that.”
But first, the Lions, and a chance to address a run of losses to the neighbours across the Jukskei.
“We are definitely looking forward to it. We haven’t played well against them in the one-day format, losing both round-robin matches. We batted well against them in the second match, but just fell short chasing a big score,” Behardien explained.
Lions-Titans matches are seldom dull affairs, given the proximity and the push for honours, and the Titans leader expects nothing different on Thursday.
“There should be a bit of needle – probably more from our side because we let ourselves down in both games. We look forward to playing them, especially at The Wanderers, which is a great venue.”
Multiply Titans team to face the bizhub Highveld Lions: Farhaan Behardien (c), Matthew Arnold, Junior Dala, Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Henry Davids, Donovan Ferreira, Eldred Hawken, Rubin Hermann, Gregory Mahlokwana, Tshepo Moreki, Diego Rosier, Grant Thomson, Shaun von Berg