Chris Morris was colourful in his description of his warm-up but things soon clicked as he set about recording the best figures yet in a domestic T20 final on Saturday.
Having recovered from a back injury‚ the all-rounder’s 4/13 helped the Titans power to a seven-wicket victory over the hapless Dolphins.
"It is very satisfying, especially after taking some tap in the last couple of games‚" said Morris. "The action was nice and the rhythm was good. In the warm-up I felt rubbish. Something felt sore‚ my back felt stiff. Nothing felt right.
"For some reason it all clicked when I ran in to bowl my first ball. I hit the deck and it swung. I’m very lucky it came out right. It was just my night‚" beamed Morris‚ who quickly acknowledged the contributions of his colleagues.
"It could very easily have been Lungi Ngidi’s night. Malusi Siboto’s double-wicket maiden‚ that changes a final."
Morris went on to say "the pressure never left the Dolphins" and indiscretion in their shot selection duly followed.
Dolphins coach Grant Morgan insisted they were not going to die wondering.
"I will never regret that we had to come and play a positive game here. You can’t sit on the fence. We had to take better decisions and our players will only be better for it down the line," he said.
Did he feel his team was undercooked, given the number of no results they had to endure this season?
"We don’t want to go that route‚" said Morgan. "It was set in the stars the way we came into the final. In previous years the weather has set up against us in Durban.
"We are privileged that we snuck through‚ although I believe we deserve to be there."
For Titans coach Mark Boucher the victory was a personal triumph.
It also brought a fair amount of vindication after some of his methods were questioned.
It had been suggested‚ primarily in the Cape‚ that the Titans’ selection and execution had deliberately gone below full throttle in their last league match in Durban.
The Dolphins’ victory cost the Cape side in their bid to reach the final.
"I don’t get paid to look after other franchises. I get paid to look after the Titans‚" said Boucher. "I wasn’t too worried about what was being said but what upset me was the way in which it was said … to insinuate that we are throwing games.
"I wouldn’t walk onto the field or take this job if I was prepared to throw a game. That upset me quite a bit. I’ll defend that until I’m blue in the face," the coach said.
"It’s gone now, so maybe people can say it was the right decision."