Variety of scoring areas have made them difficult to bowl to, says Davids
Henry Davids on Saturday shed more light on the formula and recipe that assisted him and Jonathan Vandiar to get off to a cracking start in the Momentum One Day Cup.
Davids has hammered 250 runs in two matches and his opening partner, Vandiar, has contributed 204.
Currently, they are the talk of the cricket town after establishing a Titans record for the highest partnership ever in 50-over domestic cricket. Their 313 came off 260 balls in Friday’s 158-run win at PPC Newlands against the BuildNat Cape Cobras. They also set up a monumental 400, the highest List A-score ever achieved at this venue by a domestic team.
They also eclipsed the previous highest score at domestic level, improving on the 379 for seven achieved by the BuildNat Cape Cobras against the bizhub Highveld Lions.
“I think it is not only a matter of the right-left combination that aids us, bowlers have to adapt their lines and lengths completely, as we score in different areas,” he said.
Davids struck 163 off 132 balls with 14 fours and five sixes, while Vandiar hammered a career-best List A-score of 153 off 124 deliveries with 15 fours and five sixes.
Looking ahead to the match against the bizhub Highveld Lions at SuperSport Park on Sunday, Davids says despite the 158-run bonus-point win, the Titans would feel disappointed by their fielding.
Their bowling is also a work in progress, although they were good in patches.
Asked whether it was the best he has ever batted at the infancy stages of a 50-over competition, Davids says: “I struggled at the start. I lacked fluency at Newlands in the beginning.
“I still generally feel I need more fluency.”
Davids says the Multiply Titans boast the depth in batting to be a force, but their bowling needs fine-tuning.
Shaun von Berg was excellent in his 4-65 against the Cobras, while Morné Morkel showed that he is almost back to his best.
“Lungi Ngidi bowled a bit in Cape Town, but it is touch and go for Sunday’s match,” says Davids.
The presence of Albie Morkel and David Wiese and their ability to swing it could add to the Titans’ efficiency with the ball, while Von Berg has a vast array of different options and could truly mesmerize the Lions when he is in top-form.
The Multiply Titans squad is: Albie Morkel (capt), Junior Dala, Henry Davids, Tony de Zorzi, Eldred Hawken, Heino Kuhn, Gregory Mahlokwana, Aiden Markram, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Lungi Ngidi, Malusi Siboto, Jonathan Vandiar, Shaun von Berg, David Wiese