Mzansi Super League account open for Durban Heat
Durban – In a rain affected game at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium on Wednesday
the Durban Heat opened their Mzansi Super League account via the DLS
method with a 10 run victory over the Tshwane Spartans.
The game was an exciting contest throughout with both sides seizing the
initiative at different stages and relinquishing that momentum in an
enthralling game of 19 over-a-side cricket after early rain meant the
deduction of one over.
After winning the toss the Heat chose to field first. It was a tentative
start from both sides and with the score on 27 the Heat struck, debutant
Tdladi Bokako had Theunis de Bruyn caught for seven. 19 runs later captain
Albie Morkel had Tony de Zorzi caught behind for eight.
Gihahn Cloete batted will for the visitors and he and the danger man AB de
Villiers put on 17 before Keshav Maharaj had De Villiers trapped in front
From there seamers Kyle Abbott (4/27) and Marchant de Lange (1/16) bowled
well in tandem with the pair putting together combined figures of eight
overs, five for 43 runs.
“I thought that Marchant (De Lange) deserved a few more wickets,” man of
the match Kyle Abbott said after the game.
“I think he might have softened them up for me to come in and take the
“He’s an impact bowler and we have known that for years. I think that he
is in the right environment here to showcase his skill which is really
exciting for us.”
Cloete finished with 55 and he was De Lange’s only victim. From that stage
it was Abbott who went about destroying the Spartans’ middle order and
helping the Heat restrict the men from the capital to 139 for nine in
their 19 overs.
In the chase the Heat started carefully with openers Morné van Wyk and
Hashim Amla putting on 24 for the first wicket before Van Wyk departed for
22 from 16 deliveries in the fifth over.
35 runs later Heat debutant Heinrich Klaasen was caught for 21 and then a
run later Amla was caught behind off the bowling of Andrew Birch for 24.
Another Heat debutant David Miller fell cheaply for seven and the Heat
were 83 for four at the end of the thirteenth over.
Khaya Zondo and captain Morkel then came together with the weather
approaching and the pair repeated their heroics from match day one when
they put on a match winning partnership of 40.
Zondo batted fluently for his 25 off 11 balls until he was caught off the
bowling of Lutho Sipamla.
Morkel then blasted his way to 26 from 12 balls before he too fell victim
to the young quick. Morkel managed to hit Sikandar Raza’s second over for
19 which put the Heat ahead on the infamous DLS system.
“I knew that the rain was coming and it had started drizzling and so when
that over came I was going to have a go,” Morkel said.
“Luckily Khaya and myself got a few boundaries and got us ahead of the
rate before the rain came.”
The Heat put in a strong fielding display taking some tough catches which
was backed up by good bowling on the most part. To see those sorts of
catches go to hand is pleasing for Morkel in a game that can be won and
lost on tight chances.
“To come out here after the disappointment of Sunday and to field the way
that we did was very satisfying.
“I was very proud of the effort the guys put in in the field and the
bowlers also stuck to their plans and executed well.”
The Durban Heat travel to Nelson Mandela Bay to take on the Nelson Mandela
Bay Giants in their third match of the Mzansi Super League starting at 7pm
on Friday evening at St George’s Park.
Tickets can be purchased at
www.ticketpro.co.za and at Kingsmead Stadium.
More information can be found at
Durban Heat Fixtures:
23 Nov 19:00 Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George's, Port
28 Nov 19:00 Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban
30 Nov 19:00 Jozi Stars v Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium,
02 Dec 11:00 Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
05 Dec 19:00 Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban
07 Dec 14:00 Durban Heat v Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban
09 Dec 15:30 Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town
12 Dec 19:00 Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion
Durban Heat Squad:
Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott,
Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon
Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele,
Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako.