Cape Town Blitz all-rounder Vernon Philander is determined to right the wrongs weathered in the defeat by the Paarl Rocks late last week, come Thursday’s Mzansi Super League fixture against the Durban Heat at Newlands.
The Blitz lost Sunday’s match at the same venue by a mere two runs, affording the Rocks promotion to second position in the 2019 tournament’s six-team standings.
‘It’s always disappointing when you lose games. There were fine margins in the last one, which was a good game of cricket, but unfortunately Paarl came out on top,’ said Philander.
The Blitz enjoyed a promising start from openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock in pursuit of a 164-run target, but the rest of the top- through middle order were unable to offer adequate support.
‘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,’ concluded Philander.
The Heat have not won a match this season, after two defeats and three washouts. The Jozi Stars, meanwhile, have suffered six consecutive defeats. The Stars are the reigning MSL champions, having beaten the Blitz in last year’s inaugural final.