Durban Heat Media Release
12 Dec 2018
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Written by: Nick Tatham
Morkel magic gives Heat final game honours
Durban - A brilliant unbeaten 57 from 28 balls from Durban Heat
captain Albie Morkel handed his side an exciting two wicket victory over
the Tshwane Spartans in their final Mzansi Super League match at
SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
In some final over drama, Kyle Abbott was caught on a no ball with two
runs to get off just two deliveries.
The no ball from Aldred Hawkin was followed up with the single that gave
the Heat their second win over the Spartans this season.
The Spartans started solidly with the bat
and the openers Gihahn Cloete and Andrea Agathangelou took their side to
40 before the dangerous Rashid Khan picked up the first wicket.
He bowled Agathangelou with a well disguised googly for 18 with the score
on 40 in the sixth over of the clash.
Keshav Maharaj continued to impress when he then bowled an advancing
Cloete for 19 in the following over.
Zimbabwean Sikander Raza also added 19 to the Spartans' total before
Maharaj picked up his second wicket of the spell. Raza was caught by Kyle
Abbott in the 12th over with the total on 80.
The Spartans' two senior players, AB de Villiers and Eoin Morgan, than
came together and took control of the game.
Kyle Abbott was unfortunate to have AB de Villiers caught off a no ball
and it cost the Heat as De Villiers played freely right up until the
Of the 62 runs that they put together Morgan only added seven before he
became Okuhle Cele's first Mzansi Super League victim.
Tony de Zorzi joined De Villiers and scored 11, however the focus remained
on De Villiers who continued to bat well.
De Zorzi was LBW to Khan in the final over and Rory Kleinveldt was run out
De Villiers' 93 not out off 52 deliveries helped his side to 188 for six
in their 20 overs.
The Heat spinners were the pick of the bowlers with Khan finishing with
two for 25 in four overs and Maharaj two for 29 in his four overs.
The chase never quite got off the ground to start with Morné van Wyk
falling for six in the second over.
Hashim Amla was unable to get off the mark, falling for a duck, with the
score on nine.
Weekend hero for the Heat Khaya Zondo was the next batsman to go, caught
for two and then David Miller followed soon after for four.
At the conclusion of the powerplay, the Heat were 28 for the loss of four
SJ Erwee and Heinrich Klaasen tried to steer the Heat ship to safety and
did a good job initially. The pair put on 40 before Erwee was LBW to one
that kept a bit low for 30.
Klaasen showed some good form with the bat and hit some lusty blows on his
way to 36 from 26 balls before he was caught.
At the loss of Klaasen the Heat were 98 for six in the 14th over still
requiring 91 runs to win.
Captain Morkel and Keshav Maharaj began the momentum shift with a
partnership of 41 in three overs.
Maharaj scored 23 off just 13 balls before he was bowled by a good yorker
from Lutho Siphamla.
Rashid Khan hit one big six, but fell soon after for six which brought
Abbott to the crease.
With 44 runs to get in just 20 deliveries Morkel took the game by the
scruff of the neck.
He went 50 and Abbott finished on seven not out to give
their side a come-from-behind victory - their third of the tournament and
second in a row.
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captain Albie Morkel's 57 off 28 balls guided his side to a good win
against the Tshwane Spartans in their final game of
the Mzansi Super League on Wednesday.
Durban Heat spinner Rashid
Khan was the pick of the bowlers when he took two for 25 in four overs
against the Tshwane Spartans in their final game of the Mzansi Super
League on Wednesday.
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