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We played good, solid cricket: van der Merwe

Titans all-rounder reflects on his team’s big win against Aces

With a thumping 59-run win over the Auckland Aces the Titans are now sitting at the top the Group A in CLT20 2012. Ahead of their match, Roelof van der Merwe had told the media, “If you take a few wickets up front with the new ball, I feel their side can be in trouble. With their batting order it is going to be crucial to take early wickets.” The winners of South Africa’s MiWay T20 Challenge, stuck to this game plan and won the game with ease. Their batsman got them off to a flying start and their bowlers gave them the early breakthroughs.

Speaking to clt20.com after the match, van der Merwe appreciated the performance of his team.

Excerpts from his interview:

Everything went according to the plan today?

Yes. We enjoy coming to Durban and playing cricket here. The boys played some good, solid cricket and did well.

Ethy Mbhalati who came in as first change in the earlier game opened the bowling today. What was the thought behind that?

In Twenty20 cricket you can’t be too predictable. Oppositions set up plans to counter that; so as long as we can keep mixing it up, it will be a surprise tactic every time.

You got a wicket and bowled with a good economy rate. Feel good about your bowling?

It is nice bowling when the opposition are seven down. I would like to know when the things are really tough to go and bowl then; but as long as we keep playing good cricket we are happy.

The batsmen gave a good total to defend today.

Our openers are on fire and they are playing good cricket, we are happy about that. And if they keep giving us that base, we can keep getting big scores.

Both the teams from South Africa, the Titans and the Highveld Lions, have done well so far.

Yes. We are playing some decent cricket. We have worked out our plans, so we will see what happens ahead.

Tell us about your CLT20 experience so far

It is brilliant. It is a great format. You can test yourselves against players from all over the world, and also for players coming from other countries, they can test themselves in these conditions. I think it is brilliant concept.

Winning the next game against KKR will strengthen your position in the knock-outs. What are the plans ahead?

We play KKR next in Cape Town. It is a massive game and we got to keep momentum going. 

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