The Eastern Cape franchise produced one of the stand-out performances of the season when they crushed the Dolphins in Durban during midweek, bowling them out for just 110 and then romping to a nine-wicket win. It was a famous result for their young coach.
Maketa says: 'It was very encouraging in terms of performances from the last few games. I was excited about the way we went about our business and pulled it through. I guess you can say that we’re getting to the business end and the guys are starting to find some much-needed form.' The win has put them on the cusp of qualifying for the play-offs, but Maketa is not taking anything for granted, saying: 'We not banking on guaranteed play-offs with that win, we just taking it as a game we have to win to get to our goal.'
The Cobras are all but assured of an automatic berth in a final which they will host – the Highveld Lions are the only side that can catch them with two bonus-point wins. But their coach Paul Adams also knows there are no guarantees. He says: 'It’s still mathematically possible to be caught, so we’re still focussed on what we need to do.'
The Capetonians have six out of eight wins to summit the table, including five of those triumphs with bonus points. Adams, though, still wants the foot to remain on the pedal. He says: 'We’re practising and training the same way we have in order to try and stay in that zone. We’re playing some good cricket and looking forward to continuing that this weekend. Executing our skills well has been our recipe and it’s all about doing that again on Saturday. We’re really looking good and confident, so we want to keep doing that.'
Both sides are expecting minimal changes to their XIs.