The Multiply Titans have always played better this season when their performance has been based on the basics and on what they want to do in terms of game-plan, and all-rounder Chris Morris says returning to this will provide the foundation for success as they chase the title in their last two Sunfoil Series games.
Having set the pace for most of the competition, the Titans have slipped down to fourth after being beaten by the Warriors in East London last weekend. But there is just a 5.82-point gap between the Titans and the Eastern Cape side who now top the log.
The Titans end the campaign with matches against the sides currently in second and third place – visiting the WSB Cape Cobras in Paarl from March 15 and then hosting the defending champion VKB Knights at SuperSport Park from March 22. Based on the fight they showed in East London in taking the game to the final delivery, the Titans are certainly going to be competing hard for the four-day title they so narrowly missed out on last season.
“It’s never fun losing, especially off the last ball, but maybe that’s what we needed because in the last couple of games we’ve maybe coasted a bit. The loss has given us a little bit of a kick up the backside and has alerted us to what we need to do to win the Sunfoil Series,” Morris, who made a defiant century to almost save the game, said.
“We were pretty happy with the fightback because I thought the Warriors outplayed us. So we take a lot out of that and now we need to keep calm and we know that if we play at the best of our ability then nobody should be able to beat us.
"We’ve spoken about mental strength, we were sweating together when we got back into training today, and it’s about getting back to basics again, focusing on doing what we do and not worrying about the opposition.”
When they last won the Sunfoil Series, in 2015/16, the Titans had 12 individual centuries in the campaign. That figure is just seven at the moment, so the initial focus for the team will be on getting a decent first-innings score up on the board.
“We just need to score more runs, the top six haven’t been getting enough, even though they’ve been putting in the work. I know the bowlers have to take 20 wickets to win a game, but it’s much easier to do that if you have over 400 up on the board. But I believe our perfect game is on the way, it’s just around the corner,” concluded Morris.