AT A GLANCE
When? Wednesday 12th December, 12:00 (UK)
Where? Boland Park
Weather? Sunny with a light breeze and temperatures of 26c
What channel is it on? Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be broadcast live on FreeSports
Where can I stream the match? Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will not be streamed live on UK television
Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/c7301e18-4719-4019-105d-5b84e704db0a
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants beat Paarl Rocks by 48 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Adrian Birrell
Captain: Faf du Plessis
- Paarl Rocks are coming off a thrilling run-chase against the Jozi Stars, as they managed to reach the target set with just three balls and six wickets remaining thanks in part to 71 not out from Grant Thomson and 61 from skipper Faf du Plessis.
- It was a must-win game for the Rocks if they wanted to have any hopes of reaching the play-offs in the first season of the Mzansi Super League, as they now sit one spot and four points off their opponents here in the final play-off spot.
- Despite sitting just outside the play-offs, outside of Faf du Plessis’ 312 runs, the Rocks have struggled for regular contributors in the batting department - with Aiden Markram their next highest run-scorer with 142 so that needs to be remedied, while in their bowling department, they spread the wickets around as Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin and Dane Paterson who are all tied on nine wickets.
NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS
Coach: Eric Simons
Captain: JJ Smuts
- Nelson Mandela Bay Giants consistently lost wickets which meant they fell way short in their last match as they lost to the Tshwane Spartans by 28 runs, a result that means they remain in the play-offs, but are nervously looking over their shoulder at the teams below them including their opponents here.
- The Giants’ bowling line-up also failed to live up to its star billing, as players like Chris Morris and Imran Tahir were not able to stop the Spartans on their way to reaching 165/4, with opener Gihahn Cloete scoring his third fifty of the competition.
- Outside of skipper Smuts and Englishman Ben Duckett, the Giants have failed to get regular run-scoring contributions from their batsmen, as all-rounder Morris has scored just 48 runs all tournament whilst number three batsmen Rudi Second has scored 99 runs in his eight games so they have to raise their game to match the Rocks here.
This is a vital match in the race for the play-offs with these two teams direct competitors for a play-off place and this being their final matches. The Giants sit in the final play-off berth and are currently just four points above Paarl Rocks so they know this match is just as important for them as it is their opponents. As for the Rocks, they will be reliant on skipper Faf du Plessis for runs, whilst they will be hoping 30-year-old Grant Thomson can continue his good form. The Giants have been the more consistent of the two teams, but if the Rocks produce what they are capable of, it is their match for the taking.