{
    "title": "Leaders clash with champs in Bloem",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Nicky-Boje-180214-G300.jpg",
    "body": "VKB Knights coach Nicky Boje believes his side can take plenty of confidence from the last Sunfoil Series round when they take on the log-leading Multiply Titans at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein starting from Thursday.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe reigning champions were held to a draw by the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in their last match, a match they dominated for most parts, until some defiant second-innings batting by the Durbaites. <\/p>\r\n<p>However, the Central franchise still managed to take over 16 points from the match and in the process cut the lead of the Titans to just over seven points.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cWe were probably in control for 90 percent of the game and we just couldn\u2019t get it over the line on that last day, but overall it was a good performance and credit must go to my players for the positive brand of cricket they played,\u201d Boje stated.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Titans, on the other, had to fight hard themselves to earn a draw after being put under pressure by the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in a weather-affected clash in Benoni. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cThey\u2019re a quality side and they have some very good individuals,\u201d Boje said of the Pretoria-based team. \u201cThey also play well as a team, so it will be a difficult game. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cBut we\u2019ve got a lot of confidence from our previous game and also from the first round of Sunfoil Series games. We do have home advantage and we need to make sure we use it in our favour.\u201d<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Titans are one of only two sides, along with the Warriors, to have won a match this season and Boje added: \u201cIt\u2019s almost unheard of to have had six rounds and just two wins, so I'm not sure how many more wins we\u2019re going to see. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI think we just need to take it game by game, focus on what we need to do and make sure we\u2019re ready to perform those big moments well.\u201d<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe points taken by the Knights last week means they have closed in further on the Titans at the summit.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBut visiting coach Mark Boucher believes they still have destiny in their own hands ahead of the season climax.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re still in charge of our own destiny and if we can play good cricket over the next four games then we surely will get the opportunity to win the competition,\u201d he said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cBut there\u2019s a lot of cricket to be played between now and the end of the season. We have the Knights this week, which is very important considering they are in the top three.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cIn fact, we also have the Warriors to follow and if we can win one of those, ideally we\u2019d like two wins, then it will leave us in a good position.\u201d <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>The Knights squad is: <\/b>Rudi Second (capt), Mbulelo Budaza, Werner Coetsee, Theunis de Bruyn, Marchant de Lange, Eddie Leie, Patrick Kruger, Luthando Mnyanda, Grant Mokoena, Duanne Olivier, Keegan Pietersen, Pite van Biljon, Shadley van Schalkwyk.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "VKB Knights coach Nicky Boje believes his side can take plenty of confidence from the last Sunfoil Series round when they take on the log-leading Multiply Titans at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.",
    "date": "2018-02-14T17:41:57",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Cricket SA",
    "img_credit": "Nicky Boje \u00a9 Getty Images",
    "category": "Sunfoil Series 2017\/18",
    "videos": []
}