Captain Quinton de Kock conceded a loss of momentum as the Cape Town Blitz sunk to a seven-wicket defeat by the Durban Heat in Thursday’s Mzansi Super League fixture at Newlands.
The defeat was the fourth of the 2019 MSL for the Blitz, who have played more matches than the five other franchises. They currently occupy fourth position in the six-team standings and will host the Tshwane Spartans on Sunday.
Thursday brought a final total of 181-5 for the Blitz, who failed to capitalise on a superb half-century from opener Janneman Malan. Instead, Heat captain Dane Vilas welcomed a career-best 75 not out in victory with four deliveries to spare.
‘We knew it was a defendable total, but unfortunately Dane batted really well. We tried to push them hard but that didn’t happen. To be honest, the momentum has gone already. We want to try and fight back,’ said De Kock.
The Blitz debuted Cape Cobras batsman David Bedingham, who shared a century partnership alongside Malan. Bedingham’s 44 spanned 33 deliveries and featured a trio of fours and duo of sixes. Fast bowler Anrich Nortje and all-rounder George Linde, meanwhile, were left out of the XI.
The Blitz lost last year’s final to the Jozi Stars, who have since slipped to six successive defeats.