The Momentum Multiply Titans face a definitive week in the 4 Day Domestic Series, with a heavyweight derby against the Imperial Lions on the horizon.
The clash at The Imperial Wanderers, along with other fixtures around the country, will determine which teams go through to the red-ball final. Naturally, the Sky Blues want to be there.
“We want to go all the way. We want to go to the finals. I guess it’s a case of, if you wanna get there, you’ve got to beat the best,” coach Mandela Mashimbyi warned.
“The Lions are one of the best at the moment, so we want to get one over on them, and play some really good cricket this week,” he said in anticipation of the Highveld showdown.
A massive plus for the Titans is the return to training of Proteas ace Quinton de Kock. He would supplement an already formidable batting unit, spearheaded by the red-hot Aiden Markram.
The Test opener helped himself to a maiden double hundred against the Knights in the last round, and he is relishing the prospect of playing at the Bullring against the best of the Lions.
“I’m really looking forward to next week. It’s going to be an important game, but also an awesome game to be a part of,” Markram said, casting an eye on a Lions team packed with internationals themselves.
“The Lions are playing good cricket as well. And it’s at the Wanderers,” he added, bracing himself for a meeting of minds with the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Rassie van der Dussen.
It promises to be an especially feisty end to the round-robin stage, and the fact that the match will be televised for fans across the country to see makes it all the more tantalising.
When the dust settles at the Bullring, the two franchises who will compete for the final four-day title in this franchise era will be known.
Having won it six times already, the Titans feel they ought to be in that final conversation.