The Momentum Multiply Titans have slipped to fourth on the Four-day Franchise Series table, and they now go to Cape Town looking to get back in the title race.
A draw against the Warriors in the last round was secured by a fighting century from skipper Grant Thomson.
“As a batter, you pride yourself on scoring hundreds and it’s always a nice feeling scoring hundreds,” the Titans captain explained.
“It was more about batting time and making sure that we get through at the end, and what’s more pleasing than the 100 is making sure that you are contributing to the team and putting them in a good position. Being able to salvage a draw is always a good feeling,” he added.
Thomson also paid tribute to the Warriors, who remain tenacious opposition, as they look at a title charge of their own.
“It was a really tough game, and the Warriors played some really good cricket. They put us under quite a bit of pressure,” Thomson admitted.
“We were 50 for four before myself and Heinrich (Klaasen) put on that 199-run partnership. It was really nice to see the fight that the guys showed to pull it back and to get a few wickets late in Day 3 to peg the Warriors back,” he said of his side.
Now, they meet the Cobras at Newlands, who themselves are fresh off a defeat to the Dolphins. Thomson senses an opportunity against the men from the Cape, and he wants his side to build on a fighting draw against the Warriors.
“The Cobras went down to the Dolphins, so they also under a bit of pressure. Going down to Cape Town, we’ll look to build on the way we finished with the batting,” he explained.
“The first thing for us is to assess the conditions and then play accordingly. We will play some good quality hard cricket and we hope to put them under some pressure and see if we get a win,” Thomson said, assessing matters.
“The Lions are doing quiet well with four wins from six games, so we’ve got to come up with a plan of action and execute our game plan.”
The Titans and the Cobras play from Monday, and the Sky Blues are determined to get their title challenge back on track.
They have named a squad that gives them several options, depending on conditions at Newlands.
MOMENTUM MULTIPLY TITANS: Grant Thomson (Capt), Matthew Arnold, Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Ryan Cartwright, Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Dayyaan Galiem, Heinrich Klaasen, Bafana Mahlangu, Gregory Mahlokwana, Tshepo Moreki, Marcello Piedt, Tabraiz Shamsi, Hardus Viljoen