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The Titans have announced that Pierre Joubert will step down as captain with effect from March 31. Joubert, who made his first-class debut for Northerns in 1995-96 as a 17-year-old, has led the team since 2008, securing four trophies during his three-season captaincy.

"I wish to thank the players and Titans management for their support and commitment during the last three years," said Joubert, who will continue to be available for the Titans. "It was an honour for me to captain arguably the best franchise in the country. I wish the new captain all the best, and as a Titans player and supporter, I will be backing him 100 per cent."

The Titans' dramatic victory over the Eagles in the penultimate SuperSport Series game of the season was Joubert's last match in charge of the team. He picked up 4 for 24 to spark a dramatic collapse in the Eagles' second innings as Titans scraped to a two-wicket win despite Rilee Rossouw's record-breaking 319 on the first day. The result enabled Titans to fill the runners-up spot on the final log behind the Cape Cobras.

"Pierre has been a committed servant to the Nashua Titans and the game of cricket," said Vincent Sinovich, chairman of the Easterns Titans board and president of Northerns Cricket. "He was part of the representative sides from Under 13 and captained the Provincial Amateur team for two years before he was appointed captain of the franchise."

Joubert captained the side to victory in both the MTN Domestic Championship and Standard Bank Pro20 Series in 2007-08. The Titans retained the domestic championship title in 2008-09, and also finished at the top of the SuperSport Series log in that season.

"Above all these achievements, he is a true gentleman of the game," added Sinovich. "The respect he has earned from players, administrators and spectators will long be remembered by all who know him. Pierre, on behalf of the Northerns Executive and Easterns Titans Franchise Board of Directors, sincere thanks for all you have done for the franchise and Northerns Cricket."

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