Loss to Paarl Rocks Brilliant for Cape Town Blitz, says Captain Farhaan Behardien



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Captain Farhaan Behardien hits the Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League. Photo: Gavin Barker / BackpagePix

PORT ELIZABETH – The St. George's Park will stage another classic clash when Nelson Mandela Giants face the Cape Town Blitz in the Super League game Mzansi on Tuesday night.

The two coastal cities were the trendsetters in this inaugural competition.

After racing for four straight wins, the Blitz steam train hit an obstacle Sunday afternoon when Proteas captain Faf du Plessis and his team Paarl Rocks stopped their neighbors on the slopes in the inaugural Western Cape.

The Giants, meanwhile, enjoyed a successful weekend by completing the Durban Heat double over night on Friday night before leaving the right-hand side of a weather-locked dispute with the Tshwane Spartans on Sunday.

Blitz is currently at the top of the list with 18 points from five games, while the Giants are down 12 below – although the Port Elizabeth team has played one game less.

"We have never adapted from Highveld conditions to the slow and low conditions in 12 hours. We've never had enough races on the board, "said Blitz captain Farhaan Behardien.

"The average score is about 146 and we have 140 so we always thought we were in the game.

"They had a senior beater at Faf du Plessis, who kept it all together. We knew they were a light when Klinger retired, but Faf held the entrances well.

"I think it's brilliant for the team (the first loss). It's always good to taste some loss before the playoffs and finals.

"Sometimes when you're winning all the time, you tend to cover things up. To prove defeat in my opinion is a good thing.

"Let's lick our wounds and put it (the result) to sleep as fast as we can. Fortunately, we have won four of five and halfway through, we are happy with our performance so far. "

The Giants, meanwhile, are ready to test the Blitz beaters once again with slow and turning conditions at St George's Park, especially with the two left-handed spinner Aaron Phangiso and Jon-Jon Smuts in good shape.

"In any competition like this, you need to understand your territory. You need to understand and need to play well. I mean, we probably played too close to the perfect game against the Durban Heat last week, so someone might want to do it again, "coach Eric Simons said.

"We are against the Blitz in Cape Town, which is obviously a very good side. I think we have a good side for every condition and obviously knowing that we would play five games in Port Elizabeth, we got that thinking in the draft – we can define the game with our bowling.

"If we can play with the same discipline on Tuesday, then obviously we're going to be a tough side to win."

African News Agency (ANA)

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