It is just reward for Ashwell Prince and his team, who have been the most consistent outfit in the competition so far. Prince will hope though that his team bring greater intensity to the showpiece than was on display yesterday afternoon. Perhaps the knowledge that first place on the standings was already secured prior to the start of their clash against the Durban Heat yesterday was a contributing factor, but the Blitz put in a shoddy display both in the field and with the bat to lose by six wickets.
The fielding was particularly poor with regulation catches being shelled that allowed the Heat to gain momentum in their run chase. Veteran opening batsman Morne van Wyk was the first beneficiary, with the 39-year-old being dropped by Asif Ali at point off Nandre Burger when only on three.
The Blitz were made to rue this lost opportunity with Van Wyk anchoring the Heat innings with 58 runs off 46 balls. It was not just Van Wyk who benefited from the Blitz’ generosity though. Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo offered Khaya Zondo two lifelines, which he took full advantage of to guide the Heat to just their second victory of the campaign with 67 off just 42 balls.
Equally, Prince will hope that Quinton de Kock maintains his blistering form in this week’s final after the Proteas opening batsman was once again the mainstay of the Blitz’s 161/6.