The 2019 Mzansi Super League has been a thrilling and exciting journey for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, who will face the Tshwane Spartans this Friday, in their bid to make it to the final.
In the playoff match to be hosted at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth the teams will go head-to-head with the winner to face the Paarl Rocks in next Monday’s Reconciliation Day final in the Cape Winelands.
The Giants unfortunately missed out on a home final when they lost to the log leaders – Paarl Rocks - last Sunday.
But all is not lost and it’s never over until the St George’s Park Band plays their last jam.
Supporters can expect a host of activations at the playoff game which starts at 17:30:
- South African renowned DJ, Kid Fonque, will play before the game, during the break and two hours after the game
- Win R10 000 if you’re the first person to make a one-handed catch off a six
- Family area with designated kids zone
- Bar specials (Happy Hour)
- On-field activities during the break
- A light show following the match
- Player signing session following the match
Speaking ahead of Friday’s feat, Coach Eric Simons said he was happy for the Giants to be part of the knock-out, particularly in second position with the same number points as the Paarl Rocks.
“As a sportsman it is only natural to look back at what you could have done differently or could have done better.
“We missed a trick on Sunday, I think we should have and could have beaten them but that’s the way it goes and now we will just have to do it the hard way.
“Looking ahead to Friday’s game, the Tshwane Spartans are a strong side. But it is just important that we do the basics right. I think that’s what we did wrong on Sunday, we didn’t get our basics right, we didn’t stay calm under pressure, bat or ball.
“We did that well against the Spartans last time. They got off to a good start, but we pulled them back with some really good bowling and we chased a big score by staying calm and sticking to the plan,” Simons said.
International batsman and wicket-keeper, Ben Dunk, who has played exceptionally well throughout the tournament said he believed T20 was an old man’s game and the more experience one has, the more one can stay calm and adapt to conditions.
“As a foreign player you’re always trying to do your best and have a positive influence over the entire team, regardless of how experienced the guys are.
“I have played a lot of cricket but I still feel like I am learning and I have really enjoyed my time here,” Dunk said.
The week ahead:
- Thursday, 12 December 2019 – Player signing session at Greenacres Shopping Centre (Checkers court) between 13:00 and 14:00
- Friday, 13 December 2019 – NMB Giants VS Tshwane Spartans at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth at 17:30
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