Lungi Ngidi’s return gives the Titans a boost as they eye the summit of the log in a double-match weekend.
Titans coach Mark Boucher is wary of a tough One Day Cup weekend when his team takes on the Knights at home on Friday, followed by the Warriors in East London on Sunday.
The hosts made a fine comeback after they were stunned by the log-leading Dolphins, who chased down a 325-run target in their opening match.
Boucher’s men bounced back brilliantly by defeating the Cape Cobras, followed by the Lions and picking up a bonus point in both matches.
‘It was a tough start losing out in a game where we made 300 plus, but we’ve come back quite nicely since then with back-to-back wins in the next two matches,’ said Boucher. ‘With a quick turnaround, we always knew it was going to be tough.
‘The matches come thick and fast in this competition and you have to be prepared. It’s a good thing we have a good squad of players and every one of them will play a part as the season progresses.’
The Titans are currently second in the standings with a game in hand over the Dolphins.
Their Friday visitors, on the other hand, are presently second bottom, after two woeful batting performances led to successive defeats at the hands of the Warriors and Dolphins.
‘We’re by no means the finished article as yet and we have to keep our focus, not get ahead of ourselves and give each team the respect it deserves,’ Boucher explained.
‘We have the Knights tomorrow and we know they’re going to come at us, especially after what happened to them in the last two games.’
The Titans will conclude the first round of matches with a trip to East London to take on the Warriors.
‘We can’t at all worry about that game,’ the Titans boss adds. ‘First we have to play Friday and then think about Sunday. If we say last weekend was a big one, then this weekend is also as big, because as I said, there are no easy games.’
The return of Proteas fast bowler Ngidi after a four-week injury absence, highlights the home side’s team news and Boucher is pleased to have him available.
‘It’s good news to have him back and it will just add to the depth in our squad,’ the coach concluded.