Titans hope for change of for­tunes against Lions

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TITANS ALL­ROUNDER Qaasim Adams said his side’s play­off am­bi­tions are all but over ahead of their Ram Slam chal­lenge clash with the Highveld Lions in Benoni to­day.

The Titans are win­less from five matches while their neigh­bours have a per­fect record from the same num­ber of games and oc­cupy top spot on the log with 22 points.

“It prob­a­bly is over, but we’re still go­ing to look to win five from five and see where that takes us,” Adams said. “We just want to get on the board with a win.”

The Titans have had prob­lems in all ar­eas of the game, and Henry Davids was re­placed as cap­tain by West In­dian Dar­ren Sammy last week in bid to change their for­tunes.

Two losses since fol­lowed, and the lead­er­ship does not seem to be the prob­lem ac­cord­ing to Adams.

“It’s not just the in­con­sis­tency of our mid­dle or­der, it’s the in­con­sis­tency of our whole team and we’re work­ing hard to rec­tify that.”

The Titans will also be hop­ing to find a good play­ing sur­face in Benoni, after the last game at the ground in the one-day com­pe­ti­tion was aban­doned a month ago due to an un­safe pitch. Their op­po­nents – the Knights – were awarded the points for the aborted en­counter.

In Dur­ban, the Dol­phins host the Cape Co­bras in a mid-ta­ble clash and the KwaZulu Natal side’s coach said mak­ing it to the knock­out stages of the com­pe­ti­tion would be their aim.

“It’s a big game, but all the games are big at this stage,” Lance Klusener said.

“I think sec­ond spot is avail­able, if we win all our games we’ll be right in there. We’re in that po­si­tion with our fu­ture in our own hands.”

Com­ing into the game, the Dol­phins were fourth on 12 points, three be­hind their Cape op­po­nents in third spot on the log.

As de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons in the com­pe­ti­tion, Klusener said he wanted his side to be in with a chance at the business end of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’re try­ing to win ev­ery game we play. The nice thing is that we’re play­ing the top teams so if we have a good run then we’ll fin­ish near the top.

“All we want is a shot at the ti­tle and, more than half­way through the com­pe­ti­tion, we can still do that.”

In the other game to­day, the War­riors host the Knights in East London.

On Sun­day, the Titans play the War­riors in Cen­tu­rion and the Lions travel to Cape Town to take on the Co­bras. – Sapa

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