The Momentum Multiply Titans embark on yet another 50-over One-day Cup adventure, when they kick off the 2020 tournament against the Imperial Lions at Supersport Park Centurion on Friday.
Having thoroughly dominated last season’s edition, the Sky Blues will be feeling buoyant about adding yet more history to an event that they’ve almost made their own.
The Titans will be pleased to welcome back fast bowler Lungi Ngidi and spinner Tabraiz Shamsi to their ranks, after both spent the last few weeks in a conditioning camp shed of South Africa’s one-day series against world champions England.
The pair will utilise this fixture as a gauge of their match fitness, and will be keen to confirm their spots back in the national squad.
Test star Dean Elgar is also back for the home side, as he continues to make an argument for higher honours in white-ball cricket.
“There is a lot of motivation for the guys, and this is a tournament that we’ve always enjoyed,” coach Mandla Mashimbyi said this week.
“We have had a decent run of red-ball cricket, but we are excited to try and defend our 50-over title. There is no better way to start the campaign than against our neighbours, and I’m sure it will be a good game.”
Paceman Hardus Viljoen will come up against his former team mates, having represented the Lions with distinction in years gone by.
The experienced Titans batting unit will again hold the key, as they look to hit the ground running on what is always an excellent batting strip at Centurion.
The action gets underway at Supersport Park Centurion from 13:30.
MOMENTUM MULTIPLY TITANS (FROM): Heinrich Klaasen (Capt), Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Dayyaan Galiem, Gregory Mahlokwana, Tshepo Moreki, Lungi Ngidi, Marcello Piedt, Tabraiz Shamsi, Grant Thomson, Hardus Viljoen