Cape Town - Cape Town Blitz all-rounder Vernon Philander is hoping they
can move on to the right side of fine margins when they welcome the Durban Heat
to Cape Town for their latest Mzansi Super League (MSL) assignment on Thursday.
The 2018 runners-up have been through a bit of a slump of
late having lost two matches in a row - both tight games against the top two
sides, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and then Paarl Rocks. Those setbacks by five
wickets, with four balls remaining, and by two runs respectively have left them
with some work to do to try and get back into the play-off places.
Ashwell Prince's side are presently fourth with 13 points
from six games.
The Giants (19), Rocks (15) and Tshwane Spartans (14) also
all have matches in hand, meaning the match at Newlands is pivotal for more
than one reason.
Proteas ace Philander admits they have had it
tough in the last few games.
"It's always disappointing when you lose games,"
he said. "There were fine margins in the last one, which was a good game of
cricket, but unfortunately they (Paarl) came out on top.
"I think we disappointed ourselves with the start we had
with the bat, losing so many wickets so early. That put us on the back foot
because you ideally want one of your top five to kick on and score runs. We
lost it with the bat."
The Blitz will be counting on their top men, like
Janneman Malan, Liam Livingstone and captain Quinton de Kock, who had set MSL
2.0 alight earlier in the competition when they fired.
If the Blitz think they have problems, they should take a
look at the Heat.
The Durbanites will arrive in the Mother City still
searching for their first win of 2019 after three washouts in their opening
five games. They lost the other two outings by going down to the same Cape
opponents by 10 runs at Kingsmead Stadium, with their only other
completed match seeing them lose by five wickets to the Giants, with just a
ball to spare.
Both loses could easily have easily been wins and captain
Dane Vilas knows that time is now almost up on their campaign.
"The mood in the
camp is really positive," he said. "It was a disappointing game that first one
when we made a few mistakes and we were just unfortunate not to get over the
line at the end.
"But we're keen and excited to try and get one back over
them. I think we owe them one and hopefully this will be the catalyst for a
strong last five games."
Cape Town Blitz
Quinton de Kock (captain),
Wahab Riaz, Liam Livingstone, Dale Steyn, Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje, Asif
Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Janneman Malan, George Linde, David Bedingham, Vernon
Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana, Aviwe Mgijima, Khwezi Gumede
Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex
Hales, David Miller, Dane Vilas (captain), Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle
Abbott, Khaya Zondo, Marco Jansen, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Malusi
Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg, Wesley Marshall
- Cricket South Africa