CAPE TOWN – In this bumper festival of cricket – better known as the Mzansi Super League – the Cape Town Blitz play three home matches in seven days.
With one game already behind them – a 50-run lashing by the Jozi Stars on Tuesday night – but just a day out from their first-ever home derby against the Paarl Rocks on Friday, there is no time to dwell on “what-ifs”.
“Sometimes you just got take a hiding,” Blitz captain Farhaan Behardien said philosophically. “We don’t want to complicate things too badly. We have now lost a couple of games, but we have also won quite a few games.
“We still are in the pound seats with a couple of games to go here at home. So, it is not all doom and gloom. We got beaten by a better side. It was basically a reversal of the game up in Joburg. They had no answers for us on that night with the same attack. But if we win our next couple of games we will have a home final, even if we win one and the other results go our way, we could still sneak a home final. We will lick our wounds and move on to the next one.”
Such a level-headed approach is often required when the pressure is at its most intense – like it will be over the next week with teams jostling for playoff spots. It is also during this frenetic period when championship-winning teams –like the Blitz aim to be – should be able to rely on their older hands to put in the major performances.