Whether it was needed or not, the injury-plagued Proteas quick once again provided a reminder of his priceless scalping habit.
Yet the 23-year-old’s encouraging re-appearance is part of a broader, hopeful bowling renaissance – something the Titans hope will gather further momentum against the Warriors in Centurion today.
“People have noted that bowling firepower has been a bit of a problem for a few years now. They’re not wrong,” said coach Rob Walter previously.
“But for the first time in a while, I really feel we can be excited again by our stocks. We all know Marchant’s raw pace but we’ve unearthed a young guy like Vince Moore who’s done really well. Together with guys like Junior Dala, David Wiese, JP de Villiers and Rowan Richards, you can’t fault the product.”
The guy though that has Walter really excited is the revitalised Shaun von Berg (28 wickets at 29.5). The bespectacled leggie not only shed the pounds but also the tendency for error.
“He’s really had a promising season. He’s starting to mature and he’s far more in control. The product isn’t complete but I’m willing to say he can have a role in the Test setup in future,” said Walter.
Meanwhile, the Highveld Lions hope to spoil the Cape Cobras’ expected stroll to the title at the Wanderers.
“It’s been a poor season but we can end well,” said coach Geoff Toyana.