Consistent excellence and humbleness while focusing firmly on producing the goods for the Multiply Titans were at the centre of the Multiply Titans’ second successive domestic double, said Mandla Mashimbyi
The assistant coach reflected on another stellar season for the Titans, who won the CSA T20 Challenge by beating the Warriors by six runs. On Friday, the Titans added the Momentum One Day Cup in emphatic style by beating the Eastern Cape Franchise by 236 runs in a lop-sided final.
The result was not in doubt once Aiden Markram had hammered 161 runs and Henry Davids scored 114 while sharing in a 212-run opening partnership.
Heinrich Klaasen struck 60 off 50 balls. Chris Morris blasted six sixes in his 47 off 12 runs to set up a monumental 425 for five.
Lungi Ngidi nipped out 2-38, Morris finished with 2-41 and Junior Dala ended with 2-35. Tabraiz Shamsi produced 3-31 as the visitors were dismissed for a lowly 189.
They were outclassed by a team, who, on this performance, has few equals in the world in terms of domestic fire-power.
“Everybody that was part of the squad did really well. Complacency was not a factor. Everybody played for the Titans badge and kept their feet firmly on the ground,” said Mashimbyi.
“One factor that was to our advantage was that we did not experience much change in personnel in the season. Consistency was extraordinary as we won eight CSA T20 Challenge matches and seven Momentum One Day Cup matches.”
“We will focus on keeping our feet on the ground next season, knowing that we possess the fire-power. But our focus will be on winning all three trophies.”
Dala finished the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps, while Shaun von Berg accounted for 15 batsmen.
Nigidi ended with 11 wickets at an average of 27.27, while the left-arm wrist spinner Shamsi took 12 wickets at an average of 21.53.
It is difficult to comprehend when last a Titans top and middle-order were so brutal.
Davids hammered 673 runs at an average of 84.12, Markram compiled 508 runs at an average of 56.44 and the skipper, Albie Morkel averaged 50.14. Jonathan Vandiar struck 296 runs and Farhaan Behardien averaged 56.66.
“I can’t see how Lungi Ngidi and Aiden Markram cannot be part of the future of South African cricket,” remarked Mashimbyi.
“Lungi took the step up to the T20-Internationals because he possesses the talent.”
“Aiden, in my opinion, is already one of the very best batsmen in South Africa."
Markram struck 565 runs in the Sunfoil Series and blasted 508 runs in the Momentum One Day Cup competition.
His 183 and 161 as well as his eight wickets in the domestic 50-over showpiece definitely puts him in the queue to be named Momentum One Day Cup player of the South African season, although Davids might be an early favourite to collect the trophy.
The swashbuckling Multiply Titans’ opener finished the leading run-scorer in the 50-over competition, which included three centuries and four stands of 150 plus for the first wicket. He shared in an opening partnership of 313 with Jonathan Vandiar, 222 and 212 with Markram and another 153 with Vandiar.