• Davids packs a punch

    Titans captain Henry Davids is one of only seven batsmen to have cleared the ropes at least 50 times in domestic T20 cricket.

    Out of the seven players to have achieved the milestone, only Davids, Richard Levi and Vaughn van Jaarsveld will be in action during the opening round of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. It will take place as a triple-header on Sunday at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

    The rest of the member in the illustrious club are Loots Bosman, Albie Morkel, Quinton de Kock and Farhaan Behardien. De Kock and Barhardien are on national duty in Australia, while Morkel is struggling with an injury.

    Rob Walter, the Titans coach, explained to the Titans official website www.titans.co.za why Davids’ ability to clear the rope at the beginning of the innings is so valuable for the team.

    ‘Henry can hit sixes on both sides of the wicket. He hit 80% of them during the first six overs [during the fielding restrictions], while Albie and Farhaan play in the middle-order.’

    Walter went on to say that the Titans could call on the services of as many as four spinners during their opening match of the competition against the Cape Cobras. The dangerous Richard Levi has a reputation of battling against the turning ball and he could be nullified by Roelof van der Merwe, Davids, Dean Elgar and Graeme van Buuren.

    Here is a list of the seven batsmen who have struck more than 50 maximums in domestic T20 cricket:

    Richard Levi 51
    Farhaan Behardien 51
    Quinton de Kock 53
    Henry Davids 57
    Vaughn van Jaarsveld 64
    Loots Bosman 64
    Albie Morkel 70

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