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Hope to score runs towards the end: van der Merwe

Titans all-rounder talks about his role as a No.7 batsman, ahead of Aces game

Tomorrow, the Titans will take on the Auckland Aces who having been enjoying a successful in the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012. Being familiar with the conditions, the Titans might have a slight advantage, but the Aces were one of the first teams to arrive here and train. They are now reaping the benefits of their hard work. 

Speaking to the media about the opponents, who in true New Zealand spirit are punching above their weight, Titans’ all-rounder, Roelof van der Merwe said, “They are not a pretty side and they don’t play pretty cricket, but that’s a good way to play your cricket. I think in a way we also play in the same way and I think yes it is going to be a good match.”

“In Twenty20 cricket anybody can play well on any given day. 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,” he added.

The Titans have been enjoying a good run themselves and are looking forward to the game tomorrow. “We like playing here as well. We haven’t lost here much in the last five years. We have enjoyed playing in Durban. There is always a good crowd here as well. We are happy to be here and hopefully we can get another win,” he said.

“I think this year the competition is much more even. And it is going to be tough getting through to the play-offs; we had a good start in the first game so we hope to get the momentum and finish off well.”

Speaking about his own position in the team, he said, “My role is bit different in the CLT20 when it comes to batting. I am batting down the order and not at No.3. I will be needed at No.7 and it is going to be vital that I put a score together towards at the back end of the innings.”

With the Titans top order scoring bulk of the runs in the first game the lower order could be at bit of a disadvantage because of not getting to spend enough time in the middle. Speaking about batting lower down the order, he said, “It is hard when you come in towards the end and you have been watching guys roll over the park for 17 overs, and coming in to bat when you have a few balls left towards the end to make an impact.

It is hard, but you are not always going to get start like that [the one in the first match]. The guys who are waiting to bat towards the end also need time to get in. It is not easy walking in from ball one and hitting it off the ground. We are happy about the opening partnership that we had and I hope that we can get some more batting in the second game.”

Speaking about the positives for his team and Cornelius de Villiers’ bowling, van der Merwe stated, “Cornelius de Villiers is definitely a strike option. It is good that he bowled well in the first game so that gives him confidence going into the rest of the tournament. On that day he was unbelievable. It is good for us going that he is high on confidence going into the next game.”

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