Former South African fast bowler and coach of the Nashua Tshwane Phantoms, André Nel, expressed his determination to propel the Phantoms back to the summit of the Titans Bash, starting on 7 September at SuperSport Park.
Nel said the Phantoms either finished at the top half or rank bottom of the domestic T20 competition and would like sanity to prevail again with the Phantoms winning the popular tournament.
He added that the competition, held over four days, is one worthy of being copied and utilized by other franchises.
There is a healthy mix of first-class players and club players and an opportunity for unheralded players to rub shoulders with international stars.
That will raise the profile and standard of club cricket and offers young players the chance to witness how experienced and decorated first-class players approach the game.
Arno van Wyk, coach of the Pirates, said he is excited to see how Heinrich Klaasen leads the side to new heights. The team possesses an excellent spinner in Ruben Claassen, while Eldred Hawken is one of the very fastest bowlers in the Northerns area.
Hawken captured 38 wickets for Northerns Seniors in last season’s Sunfoil Three-Day Cup.
Van Wyk said it is advantageous to young club players to showcase their skills in front of the Multiply Titans coach, Mark Boucher, at SuperSport Park.
Pierre Joubert, coordinator of the Bash, said of the 112 players who have plied their trade at the Bash the past four years, 14 have been international players. There have been 61 first-class players in total.
The Bash offers cross-pollination between club players and international players, and gives rookies as well as club stars opportunities to play at an iconic venue like SuperSport Park. It also draws sponsors closer to the game.
The fact that club players can share a dressing room with experienced first-class players and can listen attentively to their insights on game plans and their approach to tough situations, can be life-changing.
Since the inception of the Titans bash, Northerns shared the Sunfoil Three Day Cup twice and won the One-Day domestic competition, while the Multiply Titans have won five titles and shared a sixth one.
The teams for Titans Bash 7-10 September are:
Med Clear Mavericks: Jonathan Vandiar, Grant Thomson, Gerry Pike, Ryan Houbart, Henry Davids, Thomas, Mashiane, Janre van Wyk, Regard Verster, Ruan de Swardt, Tyler Easton, Janre Erasmus, Frank van Heerden, Ruben Trimpelman.
Pirates (owned by WAD Holdings): Heinrich Klaasen, Andrea Agathagelou, Ruben Claassen, Eldred Hawken, Sean Phillips, Roger Arendse, Henk Klopper, Willem Britz, Mario Olivier, Tom Khoza, Jaco Britz, Vukosi Bamuza, Luvuyo Nkese.
Quatro Cougars (owned by Quatro Holdings): Albie Morkel, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Blake Schraader, Migael Pretorius, Malusi Siboto, Herman Rolfes, Gregory Mahlokwana, Toni de Zorzi, Rubin Herman, Ruan Sadler, JP de Villiers, Dylan Ross-Watt, Gideon Pieters,
Nashua Phantoms: Shaun von Berg, Aiden Markram, Junior Dala, Thomas Kaber, Rowan Richards, Lerato Kgoatle, Kobus Pienaar, Danie Rossouw, Thabo Motaung, Schalk van Heerden, MC Steenkamp, JG Adendorff, Eben Botha.