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For a second time this season, the Multiply Titans and Warriors will contest a white ball franchise cricket final, with Titans skipper Albie Morkel hoping the Pretoria team can make it two-from-two in the Momentum One Day Cup final on Friday, 31 March.
In December 2016, the Titans clung on for a six-run win in the final of the CSA T20 Challenge against the Warriors at SuperSport Park in Centurion - the same venue set to host Friday's clash.
"It's been a hectic season and to have a home final, irrespective of the result, caps off a good season for us. Obviously we would like to walk away as champions and I feel the team is ready and we are in a good space," said Morkel.
The Titans are the apparent white-ball kings on the South African domestic circuit, having claimed back-to-back T20 titles and now winning seven of their 10 Momentum One Day Cup matches to top the table.
One of the reasons for their success is a strong contingent of national players, with the likes of AB de Villiers, Chris Morris and Farhaan Behardien having impressed Morkel with their attitude towards the team.
"It is easy for them to come back and not give 100 percent to the team. We understand they have payed a lot of cricket and they have a lot of cricket left over the winter.
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"However, those guys came back into the change room and made a really big difference in terms of the energy level to the team. I know for a fact that they are putting the Titans first and they want to do well for the team. It is great to see that guys like that still want to make a difference at domestic level," explained the Titans skipper.
Added to the impact of the senior professionals and national stars has been the emergence of a new group of rising stars at the Titans who have put their hands up this season.
"It is pleasing to see guys outside the Proteas set-up that have stepped up to the plate and put in some big performances this season. Guys like Aiden (Markram), Heinrich (Klaasen), Junior Dala and Shaun von Berg have done really well for us this season," added Morkel.
Having won the T20 Challenge and placed second in the Sunfoil Series by the narrowest of margins to the Knights, the Titans will be looking to cap off a remarkable first season in charge for head coach Mark Boucher on Friday.
That said, Morkel knows that the Warriors are a feisty clan of Eastern Capers who won't lie down against an imposing Titans outfit.
"In a final, anything can happen on the day. We know their players pretty well and they know our players pretty well - so the game plan is no secret. Basically it is going to boil down on the day to who wants it the most. I think it is going to be an epic final," concluded Morkel.