26 February 2017
By Erika Southey
THE MULTIPLY Titans beat the BizhubHighveld Lions by 109 runs on 26 February in their third round of the Momentum One Day Cup on home soil.
After a rocky start in the MODC; the Titans recovered well.
The Lions won the toss and elected to field.
The Titans’s batting wasn’t on its usual par – with the home team setting the Lions a target of 268 runs to chase. Considering the Lions’s batting line-up; this wasn’t enough. Henry Davids (63), Albie Morkel (61) and Heino Kuhn (33) were the top scorers for the hosts. Tight bowling by Beuran Hendricks (3 wickets) and Bjorn Fortuin (2 wickets) accounted for the fall of the crucial wickets of the Titans.
Skipper Albie Morkel reached a MODC milestone of 2000 runs. Congratulations Captain Morkel!
As fans made themselves ready for a tussle between the Lions batsmen and Titans bowlers; Junior Dala got the breakthrough in the sixth over and took the wickets of Reeza Hendricks (15) and Dominic Hendricks (0) in the same over. Eldred Hawken continued in the seventh over and claimed the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen (16). Instrumental in the fall of these coveted wickets; were the agile fielding of Davids and Kuhn.
The onslaught continued as the Titans bowlers shook up the Lions’s batting line-up like an earthquake. After 27.3 overs; the Lions were on 112/7.
Shaun von Bergh (2 wickets) and Davids (2 wickets) accounted for the rest of the Lions’s wickets with 13.5 overs to spare. The match finished earlier.
A disappointed Reeza Hendricks explained the unusual lacklustre performance of the Lions: “Our batting let us down, but we will bounce back”. They didn’t have enough wickets in hand to recover or defend their position.
Continuing with his good performance; Shaun von Berg’s said he was happy for the opportunity to play. Opportunities of late were limited. He took hold of this opportunity and: “did what was expected, to take wickets”.
Titans newbie; 19-year old Tony de Zorzi said that playing for the Titans was a big jump. “I had a mind shift and am positive. I make sure to enjoy every moment”: he concluded.
Lions bowler Matt McGillivray had a hand injury that left him out of the CSA T20 series. Nothing was broken, just badly bruised muscles. McGillivray said he hopes to return to the field soon.
Cosmic Cricket also caught up with Lungi Ngidi after his maiden T20 stint for the Proteas. Ngidi suffered a torn abdominal muscle. Ngidi is eager to play. “I have another week to rest and hope to then play for the Titans”.
On his experience in the national team; he said that the pressure was bigger and the margin for error smaller as opposed to the domestic serious. “You now play for your country”: he explained.
The Multiply Titans face the VBK Knights at Benoni on March, 3rd while the the BizhubHighveld Lions take on the Buildnat Cobras the same day.
Looking towards their game against the VBK Knights and making it to the finals; skipper Morkel said: “we are happy to claim the two bonus points”. On their performance so far; Morkel said that the pitches were slow and they were aiming for a home win “tonight”. He said that they hoped to: “break the trend” of the last three years of a poor start and then having to fight their way to the final. “There’s a good spirit in the team” he added.
The Titans currently top the MODC log on 10 points followed by the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on 8 points and the Buildnat Cobras on 7 points.
As Morkel said: “it’s early days”.
Competition is plenty and there is only one Trophy.
Want to venture a guess at who will emerge the victor?