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Davids reflects on sparkling season



In a career that has spanned some 17 seasons, the 2016-2017 season will be fondly remembered by Multiply Titans opener Henry Davids, as he played a key role in helping his team lift the Momentum One-Day Cup.

A truly remarkable campaign in the 50-over competition, saw the 37-year-old top the run-scoring charts with 673 runs in only eight innings at a remarkable average of 84.12.

"It is by far one of the best seasons I have had in the One-Day Cup. I think I had one before where I got over 450 runs, but it definitely wasn't in eight games, so I think I must only play eight games more often," quipped Davids.

What makes for impressive reading was his ability to convert starts into match-winning scores, with Davids having passed fifty in six of his eight knocks - three of which became hundreds.

"I changed my game a little bit; in the past, I have been very aggressive in my batting style. In this campaign, I just gave myself a little bit more of a chance and took a bit of time. It was a case of getting myself in and then expressing myself," said Davids.

His top score of 163 off 132 balls against the Cobras at Newlands in February formed part of a 313 run opening stand with Jonathan Vandiar, however, his personal highlight of the campaign was a 98-ball 114 in the final against the Warriors.

"I think anyone just wants to get runs in the final, playing that innings there was special. I've obviously watched a couple of the highlights and I think that was one of the purest innings I have played this year," explained Davids.

The Titans went on to win said final by 236 runs, to add to their triumph in the CSA T20 Challenge as well as a second place finish in the Sunfoil Series.

"The one thing we have in comparison to other franchises is depth. For instance, if you look at one of the round robin matches where I got injured, a guy like Jonathan Vandiar came in and got 70. Obviously, you need guys in form, but I think the key to winning trophies is depth," described Davids.

Davids' superb season was not without its trials and tribulations, as injury ruled him out of a most of the T20 Challenge and parts of the One-Day Cup.

"I strained my hamstring in the second game of the T20 campaign, I only recovered around the final and it was unfair to the other guys for me to walk in and expect to play. This is the first time I have had hamstring troubles in my whole career I think," added Davids.

His crisp hitting of the cricket ball in 2016-2017 will be vividly recalled by many as the man capped 11 times in international white ball cricket for his country proved that he still has what it takes at the top level.



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