UNHAPPY: Paarl Rocks coach Adrian Birrell. Photo: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

Paarl Rocks coach Adrian Birrell has called on his team to up their game ahead of their clash with the Tshwane Spartans at Centurion on Wednesday (2 pm).

Rocks beat Durban Heat by nine wickets on Sunday, but as they look to get into the top three for a playoff spot, Birrell believes they still have a lot of work to do.

He explains: “The top two sides have been able to get on a roll and keep going.

“We have stumbled along, but you need to peak at the right time.

“If this [performance against Heat] is anything to go by, and we can reproduce it again, then we will be well-placed towards the back end of the tournament.”

RALLY CALL: Faf du Plessis. Photo: BACKPAGEPIX

Although the bowling and batting units seem to be hitting their marks, the Rocks’ fielding remains abysmal.

During every match there is a litany of misfields from the team led by captain Faf du Plessis, while dropped catches are a regular occurrence too.

And Birrell adds: “We are not a very good fielding team at the moment.

“We are working hard on it, but when you start knocking on and dropping catches, the confidence tends to go.

“It is something we speak about every single time we are together, and we are coming in with a good attitude every time we start.

“But like any match, it is confidence.

"And [the] win [over Heat] will hopefully get a bit of confidence going and we [can] stop making those silly mistakes.”

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