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Cricket | Sunfoil Series

Maynard impressed with talent in squad



Titans coach Matthew Maynard says he is pleased with the talent he has seen in the squad, despite the team's poor title defence in the Sunfoil Series.

"We've had a lot of disruptions to the side this year and I think that's definitely played a part in how we have performed," said Maynard.

There are players who have stepped up and grabbed opportunities and it's given me a good indication of the depth of talent in the franchise."

Mangaliso Mosehle is one of the youngsters whom Maynard had a lot of praise for.

The 22-year-old scored a gritty 46 against the Dolphins in the previous match and the Titans' coach believed these are the kind of performances the side can take heart from, despite the results of the games.

"It's a good time to give some of the younger players a chance and see how they adapt to franchise cricket," said Maynard.

"We have some exciting talent, like Mangaliso Mosehle, and, if young guys like him can keep on performing, I think we can still pull a lot of satisfaction from the season."

The defending champions come up against the Knights at Sahara Park Willowmoore from Thursday and would use the game as an opportunity to end the season on a high.

The Titans are yet to win a game this season and keeping the side motivated might seem tricky, but the coach believed inspiration from teammates was the key.

"I think it's important that we all pull for each other. A guy like Farhaan Behardien is a good example of somebody who has only just returned to the side after playing one-day cricket for a long time," said Maynard.

The Titans contingent is loaded with Proteas players and Maynard admits that this has left a gap in the side, one which the team has not been able to fill this season.

"In my short time here, it's been good to see guys like Behardien, Marchant de Lange and Henry Davids go on to make it to the national side and, of course, Faf du Plessis has now made the step up to the Test squad," said Maynard.

"It leaves a big hole in our side and we just haven't been able to fill that gap this season."

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