Former Proteas star Simon Harmer back in SA to bolster Titans

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International spinner and County Championship star Simon Harmer has joined the Titans for their Provincial T20 Cup knockout stage campaign.

The Test-capped Protea has had a stellar English County Championship career, and his variety and consistency come as a significant injection of quality into Mandla Mashimbyi's squad. 

Harmer was nominated alongside fellow South African and Western Province batter David Bedingham for the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year award. 

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They will also compete with England Test captain Joe Root and Nottinghamshire all-rounder Luke Wells for the honour.

With Proteas Test skipper Dean Elgar hamstrung, the side will be led in the knockout stages by veteran left-armer Aaron Phangiso, with the likes of Junior Dala and Theunis De Bruyn also adding international pedigree into their ranks.

"Harmy is a great addition because he brings a proper threat with the ball and also provides a handy batting option. We've started steadily, but now we want to really get into our stride with the knockouts ahead of us," head coach Mashimbyi said.

"There is a winning culture here, and we always want to build on that. It's great having Simon joining us because he's someone who has shown that a spinner is as big a threat as a fast bowler in any format."

South Western Districts clash with the Titans at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley (10:00) on Tuesday in the first Provincial T20 Cup quarter-final, followed by the Knights versus Western Province (14:30) at the same venue.

The games are expected to have fans attending after Cricket South Africa received government's go-ahead to host 2 000 vaccinated spectators at cricket grounds.

Titans Squad: Jan Hendrik Pretorius, Corbin Bosch, Junior Dala, Dayyaan Galiem, Aya Gqamane, Okuhle Cele, Neil Brand, Jiveshen Pillay, Theunis de Bruyn, Grant Mokoena, Aaron Phangiso (C), Gihahn Cloete, Sibonelo Makhanya, Donovan Ferreira, Simon Harmer. 

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