Titans bol­stered by Steyn re­turn

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TWO-TIME de­fend­ing champs the Titans have been bol­stered by the re­turn of Dale Steyn for their Ram Slam T20 Chal­lenge clash against the Knights in Kim­ber­ley to­day.

Knights coach Nicky Boje and Titans coun­ter­part, Mark Boucher, are both con­tent with the starts their sides have made to the T20 Chal­lenge, but know they face a tough bat­tle when they clash in round two at the Di­a­mond Oval to­day.

Both were eight-wicket win­ners when the tour­na­ment be­gan at the week­end, with the Knights win­ning away against the War­riors in Port Elizabeth thanks to half-cen­turies from cap­tain The­u­nis de Bruyn and David Miller.

The Titans thumped the Highveld Lions in the sec­ond match of a dou­ble header in Cen­tu­rion, where their skip­per, Al­bie Morkel, and AB de Vil­liers were the stars.

Nine of the 11 play­ers who turned out for the Titans on Sun­day have in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and Boucher is pleased that so many Proteas are part of the competition this year.

“I think the Proteas play­ing is go­ing to raise the stan­dard of cricket be­cause it’s go­ing to give a lot of the do­mes­tic play­ers an op­por­tu­nity they rarely have, which is to test them­selves and sort of judge them­selves as to how good they re­ally are when they are up against a Protea bowler or bat­ter,” he said. – ANA

Knights squad: Marchant de Lange, An­dries Gous, Ed­die Leie, The­u­nis de Bruyn (capt), Pa­trick Kruger, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Grant Mokoena, Tshepo Ntuli, Duanne Olivier, Kee­gan Petersen, Aubrey Swanepoel, Shadley van Schalk­wyk.

Titans squad: Farhaan Be­har­dien, Ju­nior Dala, Henry Davids, Al­bie Morkel (capt), Quin­ton de Kock, AB de Vil­liers, Dean El­gar, Ai­den Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Malusi Si­boto, Dale Steyn, David Wiese

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