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PREVIEW: Six Gun Grill WP vs Momentum Multiply Titans

The latest round of the 2021/22 Cricket South Africa (CSA) 4-Day Domestic Series gets underway across the country this weekend, with the Six Gun Grill Western Province and the Momentum Multiply Titans headlining round three with their clash in Cape Town commencing on Thursday, 18 November. The match will once again be played behind closed doors with no spectators.

The match is one of seven exciting Division One and Division Two encounters taking place between 18 – 21 November, with the games streamed live on SuperSport’s YouTube Channel.

Despite recording two draws in the opening two rounds, Six Gun Grill Western Province head coach, Salieg Nackerdien remained upbeat about his team’s performance and looks to go one better this weekend with a winning performance against a side they edge by eight points on the table.

“The positives we can take out of the first two games; all departments, our batting, bowling, and fielding were outstanding. The areas we identified, we executed them properly and the consistency we got in Paarl was good,” Nackerdien commented.

“We can just take it forward from here. The work ethic has been good and it’s now just to put it into play again against the Titans this coming weekend. We are really positive in terms of where our skills sets are at the moment,”

“We chatted a lot during these last couple of days in terms of our abilities and what we can offer. It is a good opportunity for all of us to showcase the talents we’re capable of and we want to play some good, decent cricket again,” the coach said.

“We need to get ourselves in the position where we can start dominating the game like in Paarl but also show we can get over the line. It is not going to be easy; the Titans are a very good side, but we will put our best foot forward for this coming week.

Like other teams this weekend, Western Province will be missing key players due to their involvement in the South Africa ‘A’ and Proteas squads that will be in action later this month.

“We are happy for all of them,” Nackerdien noted. “That’s where we want to see guys going and establishing themselves going forward. I wish them all the best. It’s been fantastic to see the guys’ performances over the last few weeks, to get that recognition and that exposure to help get them where they need to be in the future and play for South Africa,” he added.

Nackerdien’s counterpart, Mandla Mashimbyi was also constructive when assessing his Titans’ displays in the opening two fixtures, pointing out the bowling exploits as a positive as his team continues the search for that maiden red-ball victory of the season.

“The first two games were disappointing,” Mashimbyi began. “In our first game, against the Warriors, we had a horrendous first day and after that, we bossed the game, but we just couldn’t cross the line. There were some big positives to take out of it other than the fact that we couldn’t win the game.

“In the second game, on a wicket that didn’t give us much, the boys did nicely, and we bowled well. We also batted well too, although there were areas from a batting point of view that we thought needed improvement.

“From a bowling point of view, we found a template in terms of how to go about things in different conditions and what we can do as a bowling unit to create pressure. As much as the first two games were disappointing, there’s a lot of positives we can take out.

“Hopefully, things will come together for us against Western Province. We don’t underestimate any team. We think that every team in the top division is here for a reason because they are capable of winning matches as much as we are, so we will give them the due respect but at the same time, we will make sure we do what we do to win the game,” the coach concluded.

Beuran Hendricks, George Linde and Tony de Zorzi are unavailable due to SA A commitments whilst Nandre Burger and Tshepo Moreki remain on the injury list, which means there are call-ups to the squad for WP Academy players Gavin Kaplan, Daniel Smith, Kieran Kenny, Ethan Cunningham and Siya Plaaitjie.

CSA 4-Day Domestic Series:

Round 3 Fixtures (18-21 November)

Division One:

Six Gun Grill Western Province vs Momentum Multiply Titans (Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town)

Hollywoodbets Dolphins vs ITEC Knights (Hollywoodbets Kingsmead, Durban)

North West Dragons vs Gbets Warriors (JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom)

Imperial Lions vs GbetsRocks (Imperial Wanderers, Johannesburg)

Division One Table:

Pos. Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points
1. Imperial Lions 2 2 0 0 45.14
2. ITEC Knights 2 1 0 1 39.52
3. Hollywoodbets Dolphins 2 0 0 2 28.94
4. Gbets Warriors 2 1 1 0 27.16
5. GbetsRocks 2 0 0 2 25.56
6. Six Gun Grill Western Province 2 0 0 2 25.48
7. Multiply Titans 2 0 1 1 17.48
8. North West Dragons 2 0 2 0 9.92

Six Gun Grill Western Province Squad: Zubayr Hamza (Captain), Aviwe Mgijima, Basheer Walters, Daniel Smith, David Bedingham, Ethan Cunningham, Gavin Kaplan, Kieran Kenny, Kyle Simmonds, Kyle Verreynne (WK), Mihlali Mpongwana, Siya Plaaitjie, Wayne Parnell, Yaseen Vallie, Yves Kamanzi