The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants face three of the biggest games of their short existence over the next week or so as they attempt to clinch a Mzansi Super League 2.0 playoff berth.
There have been one or two wobbles in the past two matches that resulted in losses against the Paarl Rocks in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday and the Durban Heat at Kingsmead on Saturday.
That’s two defeats in a row after going through the first five games unbeaten.
Captain Jon-Jon Smuts has spoken about peaking at the right time in this competition and what the Giants need now is a victory to get them back on the right path.
And that win needs to come soon, preferably against the Tshwane Spartans at St George’s Park on Tuesday. The match starts at 5.30pm.
The Giants missed out on the playoffs by a single point in the inaugural season last year and that is the last thing they want to happen this time around.
To safely avoid that they will probably have to win two out of their last three round-robin games.
Smuts knows it’s approaching squeaky bum time.
“I said it before the game against Durban Heat. Every game is a big game in this competition,” Smuts said after the six-wicket loss in Durban on Saturday.
“I haven’t looked at the maths, but even if the Jozi Stars are out, there are still five teams that could come first and that just shows how close the competition is this year.
“We will treat every game as a must-win game