After a most competitive Mzansi Super League campaign, the Four-day Franchise Series takes centre stage once more on the domestic calendar.
The Momentum Multiply Titans, who contributed fully to a memorable MSL 2.0, now turn their attention to the Juksjei derby. The Imperial Lions are looking for redemption, after a winless campaign for the Wanderers-based Jozi Stars.
The change of format and pace will not mean a change in intensity, however, with both teams having plenty of reasons to hit the ground running.
For the Titans, the past few weeks have seen some big changes, most notably the promotion of coach Mark Boucher to the national team. In his stead, the popular and highly experienced Mandla Mashimbyi takes over for the rest of the season as Titans head coach.
Mashimbyi has plenty of experience, coupled with an intimate knowledge of his entire squad. Amongst those he will be looking to are Aiden Markram and Tabraiz Shamsi.
The former is returning from an injury suffered in India, as he looks to prove his fitness for the Test series against England.The latter, Shamsi, has come off a dream MSL campaign, and is raring to prove himself as a match-winner across formats.
There is plenty of established personnel besides them for Mashimbyi to look to, with Heinrich Klaasen taking the gloves, and the steadily improving Tshepo Moreki expected to continue his good form with the ball.
The Lions, bruised by a tough start to the season , remain a formidable unit, and they will certainly provide stern derby opposition before the year is out.
Skipper Grant Thomson knows only too well that a strong start is imperative, and that will be the mission for the Sky Blues, as they look to build on a fine start to the four-day campaign.
MOMENTUM MULTIPLY TITANS (FROM): Grant Thomson (Capt), Corbin Bosch, Neil Brand, Tony de Zorzi, Dayyaan Galiem, Heinrich Klaasen, Wesley Marshall, Aiden Markram, Tshepo Moreki, Alfred Mothoa, Marcello Piedt, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jonathan Vandiar.