CLT20 2012: Martin van Jaarsveld says tournament a fantastic experience for Titans

Nashua Titans lost to Sydney Sixers in the second semi-final clash of CLT20 2012 Getty Images

Centurion: Oct 27, 2012

Titans’ skipper Martin van Jaarsveld felt that the tournament had been fantastic for the South African team after they lost in the semi-final of the Champions League T20 2012 against Sydney Sixers at Centurion on Friday.

“It’s been an absolutely fantastic tournament. The way it has been arranged, the planning, there are a lot of things that had to go into it,” Jaarsveld said.

“For us playing in front of a home crowd, the fans have been fantastic; the turnout has been in the thousands, which is great for us. For us to play against the top players in the world without our top players and still compete I think the guys can take a lot of confidence in that,” Titans’ skipper was quoted as saying by supersport.com.

Jaarsveld said that it was a tough ask for CJ de Villiers to restrict Sydney Sixers with two runs needed off the last two balls.

“It’s a pretty tough ask as a normal player, always slightly up against it because the field’s up. All he has to do is just get bat on it to win the game,” he said.

“As it panned out, he [Pat Cummins] missed it, they took the run, the throw was slightly off target Bob’s your uncle,” Jaarsveld added.

He also credited Henry Davids and David Wiese or their good show with the bat.

“I think it just probably panned out that way. We knew they had some gun bowlers and that’s their strength but I think a lot of credit has to go to Davids and David Wiese, the way they took him on towards the back end,” he said.

“That gave us a chance but up until that point, we probably struggled,” Titans’ skipper concluded.