A pink cricket ball. Picture:  REUTERS/Jason Reed
A pink cricket ball. Picture: REUTERS/Jason Reed

Titans coach Mark Boucher is expected to unleash highly promising 22-year-old slow orthodox spinner Gregory Mahlokwana in the opening match of the Momentum One-Day Cup against the Dolphins at SuperSport Park on Friday.

Boucher regards Mahlokwana‚ who made his List-A debut in the Cricket SA provincial One-Day Challenge match for Northerns against North West in Potchefstroom last weekend‚ as a genuine prospect for the franchise.

The youngster is somewhat of a peculiarity in that he bowls with both arms‚ either left-arm orthodox or off-spin.

"He uses both arms‚ which is a rarity‚ and he is something special‚" said Boucher.

In the past‚ the Titans have produced international players, but we have not produced enough young players and he is one of the few young players who will be given a chance to prove themselves

"In the past‚ the Titans have produced international players, but we have not produced enough young players and he is one of the few young players who will be given a chance to prove themselves."

On his debut against North West, Mahlokwana conceded 47 runs in his allotted 10 overs without taking a wicket, but Boucher said the spinner had a lot of time to learn.

Mandla Mashimbyi, Titans assistant coach, said Mahlokwana‚ from Cullinan, Pretoria‚ had been part of the Northerns development structures since he was 13 years old.

"After high school‚ he went to the Fort Hare Academy‚ which is coached by former Proteas fast bowler Mfuneko Ngam, for about two years.

"He is supertalented‚ he is willing to learn and he will give us the edge‚" said Mashimbyi.

Mahlokwana will be up against experienced batsmen such as Vaughn van Jaarsveld‚ Khaya Zondo‚ Imraan Khan‚ Cody Chetty and Daryn Dupavillon‚ who will test him to the limit.

Northerns finished bottom of the log last season.

Boucher said the Titans were looking to have a better campaign‚ starting against the Dolphins.

TMG Digital

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