Simon Harmer has been added to the Titans squad ahead of the T20 Knock Out playoffs.
A Test-capped Protea, Harmer has dominated the English County Championship in recent years, and his variety and consistency is a major injection of quality into an already competitive squad.
“He is a fantastic signing for us, and also a great addition to our game in general,” Titans Cricket CEO Dr Jacques Faul said. “We have all seen what he had done for Essex, again and again, and we wish him all the very best here at the Sky Blues.”
Harmer joins a Titans side eyeing an early season trophy, even with several stars away on national duty.
With Dean Elgar still hamstrung, the side will be led in the knockout stage by veteran left-armer Aaron Phangiso, with the likes of Junior Dala and Theunis de Bruyn also adding international gloss to the ranks.
“It’s an exciting time of the year, with a few new faces, but the priority doesn’t change as a Titan,” coach Mandla Mashimbyi explained.
“Harmy is a great addition, because he brings a proper threat with the ball, and also provides a handy batting option. We’ve started steadily, but now we want to really get into our stride with the knockouts ahead of us.”
The Titans have a strong blend of hardened campaigners and talented youngsters, making them one of the early favourites for domestic honours.
“It comes with the territory of being a Titan,” skipper Aaron Phangiso explained. “There is a winning culture here, and we always want to build on that. It’s great having Simon joining us, because he’s someone who has shown that a spinner is as big a threat as a fast bowler in any format.”
The Titans will take on SWD in the first quarter-final in Kimberley on Tuesday (10am).
Titans squad: Jan Hendrik Pretorius, Corbin Bosch, Junior Dala, Dayyaan Galiem, Aya Gqamane, Okuhle Cele, Neil Brand, Jiveshen Pillay, Theunis de Bruyn, Grant Mokoena, Aaron Phangiso (c), Gihahn Cloete, Sibonelo Makhanya, Donovan Ferreira, Simon Harmer.