Jozi Stars captain Dane Vilas is eager to capitalise on the momentum gained from recent victories over the Tshwane Spartans and Durban Heat, ahead of Friday’s Mzansi Super League eliminator against the Paarl Rocks at the Wanderers.
Friday’s winner will face the Cape Town Blitz, who topped the tournament’s six-team standings, in Sunday’s final at Newlands. The Stars and Rocks finished second and third respectively. The Heat, Spartans and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants failed to qualify for the play-off stage of the inaugural competition.
‘The last performances have been really, really good. We have been trying to get our rhythm at home and I think we’ve found it,’ said Vilas.
‘It doesn’t really matter who we come up against, the guys look really good at the moment. For the eliminator, we’re just going to back our skills and try to execute them very well.
‘Both remaining teams are very good, and we will have to be really good on the night like we were on Tuesday against the Spartans, to stand a chance.’
The Stars will be without big-hitting West Indian Chris Gayle, who has returned home due to family-related reasons. They boast the services of the tournament’s leading run-scorer in Rassie van der Dussen and the in-form Reeza Hendricks, who has two Mzansi Super League centuries.