Titans braced for strong Warriors Test

The Momentum Multiply Titans will embark on their first away trip of the season when they visit the Warriors, in the third round of the 4-Day Franchise Series.

This is on the back of a good win over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the first round, before a hard-fought draw with the WSB Cobras in Benoni.

“We went three wickets down within ten overs, so we couldn’t press for a victory,” senior batsman Farhaan Behardien explained of the chase on the final day.

“We couldn’t risk losing the game from that point. The light was fading, and we had lost a few more wickets later in the day,” the veteran added.

Behardien helped himself to an 11th first-class century in the match, continuing a good start to the season.

“I have had some good form, after a good pre-season. I changed a few things, and I am just trying to score runs as a senior player, and lead from the front.”

Behardien was also impressed by the showing of young Dayyaan Galiem, whose 81 in the first innings kept the Titans in touch with the Cobras.

“He was very composed for a young guy. He supported me really well, and we seem to understand each other really well.

“If he keeps going the way he is going, then he will be a really good asset for the Titans,” Behardien assessed.

Now, the Titans have to turn their attention to the Warriors, who will not be short of motivation.

The Eastern Cape franchise are bidding farewell to head coach Rivash Gobind, as he takes up the assistant coach role for the Afghanistan men’s national team.

“It will be another tough match. We will have a look at the conditions, and see what they have to offer. Usually there is not a lot of bounce, and there is some turn,” Behardien pointed out.

The key, though, will be keeping the energy levels, after several taxing assignments this early in the campaign.

“We just need to ride the performances of the last two weeks. Four four-day games on the trot is no easy feat, so we will be looking for a solid performance in the first innings, and secure some bonus points.”

Behardien warned that the Warriors would be a handful, especially given their recent form.

“They had a good win over the Lions, but the Sky Blues will be up for it. We need a a strong day one, and then take it from there.”

The Sky Blues will be bolstered by the return of internationals Chris Morris and Tabraiz Shamsi. Top order batman Wesley Marshall retains his place in the squad after a marking his Titans debut with a memorable 106-ball 109. Meanwhile, Corbin Bosch misses out due to a niggle he sustained during training on Saturday morning.

Titans squad to face the Warriors (from): Grant Thomson (c), Matthew Arnold, Farhaan Behardien, Neil Brand, Henry Davids, Tony de Zorzi, Dayyaan Galiem, Sizwe Masondo, Tshepo Moreki, Chris Morris, Wesley Marshall, Marcello Piedt, Tabraiz Shams.