Durban – Following a first completed game of the 2019 Mzansi Super League for the Durban Heat over the weekend, the team will be looking to register a first win of the competition when they face the Tshwane Spartans at SuperSport Park on Thursday.
The Heat lost to the Cape Town Blitz in the sides first full game of the competition following rain outs in their first two at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead.
The side might have been slightly ring-rusty but the performance from Wihan Lubbe was more than encouraging as the left-hander blasted 83 from 42 balls at number three in the order.
It can be argued that the Blitz have one of the strongest bowling attacks in the competition with the likes of Dale Steyn, Wahab Riaz and Anrich Nortjie spear-heading their attack, but Lubbe looked right at home against the pace men.
“It give me a lot of confidence going forward knowing that I can compete at this level,” the 26 year-old Lubbe said. “I have proven to myself that I can compete at lower levels but to come here and do well at a higher level means a huge amount to me.
“To be given this opportunity is all that younger players can ask for and it’s important that we use this opportunity and platform to show what we can achieve.”
Lubbe will be hoping that he can receive some support from the rest of the batting line-up in their match on Thursday. David Miller contributed 23 to the cause which was the second highest score; and the Heat will be hoping to see the rest of the batsmen come into some form.
The Heat bowlers conceded ten extras between them in the opening game and will want to produce a more polished performance with the ball in their second game. Experienced seamer Kyle Abbott was still happy with the performance given the lack of match practice.
“I think to run the Blitz that close after not playing was encouraging,” he said. “It was against a team that had four games under their belt and were top of the table so there were definitely positives to come out of that.
“We are just wanting to build on that and we hope that we can put in a better performance on Thursday evening.
“Centurion is a special place for me having made my test debut here almost seven years ago so there are great memories.”
Seamers Marco Jansen and Daryn Dupavillon have been under an injury cloud but have both been declared fit for selection going into Thursday’s crucial match-up against the Spartans.
More information can be found at www.durbanheat.co.za.
Durban Heat Squad:
Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales, David Miller (retained player), Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj (retained player), Kyle Abbott (retained player), Khaya Zondo (retained player), Marco Jansen, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee (retained player), Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg, Wesley Marshall.
DURBAN HEAT FIXTURES
Thursday, November 21: 17h30, Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat, SuperSport Park
Saturday, November 23: 12h30, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Durban Heat, St. George’s Park
Thursday, November 28: 17h30, Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat, Newlands
Saturday, November 30: 12h30, Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
Wednesday, December 4: 17h30, Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat, Eurolux Boland Park
Saturday, December 7: 12h30, Jozi Stars v Durban Heat, Imperial Wanderers Stadium
Tuesday, December 10: 17h30, Durban Heat v Jozi Stars, Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
Friday, December 13: 17h30, Play-off, 2nd v 3rd
(reserve day if required on Saturday, December 14, 12h30)
Monday, December 16: 17h30, Final
(reserve day if required on Tuesday, December 17, 17h30)