The Jukskei derby at SuperSport Park is the second match of a double header, which will be preceded by the WSB Cape Cobras taking on the Hollywoodbets Dolphins earlier.
There are added incentives for fans to turn out in numbers. This year the new sponsors have posted a R2-million prize pool for those who can make a clean one-handed catch in a televised game. It is part of the popular Catch a Million competition.
With the big drawcard of the involvement of the Standard Bank Proteas players, who are available for the entire tournament.
Multiply Titans coach Mark Boucher is hoping to follow the template of last season by carrying the momentum of their Sunfoil Series campaign into the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge, which they launch against the bizhub Highveld Lions in Centurion on Sunday.
“We took some of the momentum from our Sunfoil Series into the T20 competition last year and went on to win it,” Boucher recalls. “We can always look back at that and take a lot of positives out of it. Hopefully things will follow a similar path this time.”
“It’s great that they are playing and it will really enhance the competition,” Boucher, whose side also won the 2015/2016 title, said. “But T20 is always going to be tight because of the fact that one or two players can win you games.
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana is expecting a tough first match for his side, who were on the receiving end of that rare Titans win in the opening half of the Sunfoil Series.
“It’s been a fairly good season so far despite that loss,” he said. “We now play the Titans again first up in the T20 competition. It’s a derby, at their home ground with all those big players in the mix, so it will be a tough one.”
The bizhub Highveld Lions squad: Marques Ackerman, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Carmi le Roux, Wihan Lubbe, Janneman Malan, Mangaliso Mosehle, Wiaan Mulder, Aaron Phangiso (capt), Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Omphile Ramela, Ryan Rickelton, Nicky van den Bergh, Rassie van der Dussen and Hardus Viljoen