Friday night saw the Titans secure the Momentum One Day Cup after beating the Warriors by an emphatic 236 runs, in front of a sizeable home crowd. The match was set-up at the top of the innings by Henry Davids (114) and Aiden Markram (161) before Chris Morris (47 off 12 balls) steered the innings to a record-breaking 425-5.
In reply, the visitors were dismissed for 189, with Chris Morris (2-41) and Tabraiz Shamsi (3-31) the pick of the bowlers.
The win ensured the Titans ended the season as limited-overs domestic champions, after clinching the CSA T20 Challenge earlier in the season.
Two days later, Northerns hosted Namibia in their first 50-over final in the CSA One Day Challenge. Grant Thompson took 5-50 and struck an unbeaten 67, as Northerns secured a seven wicket win.
“I am immensely proud of the spirit that is prevalent amongst the Multiply Titans and the Northerns Seniors,” said Jacques Faul, Chief Executive Officer of Northerns Cricket Union and the Titans franchise.
“We not only possess the right talent and temperament, but also the right approach and commitment to make the Titans the powerhouse franchise in South Africa. It is the selfless approach by players and their determination to constantly improve that has endeared them to a growing fanbase.”
“Mark Charlton and Mark Boucher, as well as their support staff, deserve enormous praise.”
“When the Titans temporarily lost their momentum in the CSA T20 Challenge, and surrendered the initiative temporarily in the limited-overs format, Boucher did not panic, but, instead, his approach and understanding of what make players tick, contributed to their improved performances.”
Faul added: “Our pipeline-structures and our provincial set-up would not nearly have been as successful if it were not for Charlton’s commitment and expertise.”
Johan Muller, Cricket Operations Manager of the Northerns Cricket Union, said he was enormously impressed with the stellar work done by Charlton. The Northerns coach is credited with having worked meticulously at improving the class and ability of every player. “At least four of them made the step up to franchise cricket and did not disappoint."
Northerns will host Free State at Tuks Oval in the Final of the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup, starting on Thursday 6 April. The Hennops River team head into the final unbeaten in the competition, after securing six wins and four draws.