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Titans fall at the line

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Both Boucher and Albie Morkel were wholesome in their praise of the two young quicks

Tony de Zorzi scored his maiden T20 century as the Titans beat the Boost Defenders in Abu Dhabi on Friday night. Photo: Twitter/@AbuDhabiCricket

On paper the Titans looked the best of the six participating teams at the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 tournament and in the final a target of 149 appeared to be “doable” as Mark Boucher mentioned.

Ultimately the big names in their squad couldn’t get them across the line in the final against a young and extremely skilful Lahore Qalandars bowling unit. Not many outside of Pakistan would have heard of Haris Rauf and the 18-year-old Shaheen Afridi, but the manner in which they closed out the Titans innings, bowling yorker after yorker, with unerring accuracy, eventually delivered their team the title.

Both Boucher and Albie Morkel, who have seen just about all there is to see in the sport, were wholesome in their praise of the two young quicks.

For all the experience the Titans had in their squad, with Chris Morris producing some eye-catching performances with both bat and ball over the three matches, it was the emergence of some young talent that they will be most encouraged about.

While the Titans players were excited about the tournament, it’s hard to judge the impact its had. There were hardly any spectators over the course of the three days and a high quality final was played in a very flat atmosphere on Saturday night.

The organisers, who claim they want to run the event again next year with increased prize-money, say they want the tournament to have a similar feel to Fifa’s World Club Cup, but it is a long way away from that at this stage. – Stuart Hess