Lubbe keen to impress for Durban Heat
Durban – After a late call-up into the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants team
last season, all-rounder Wihan Lubbe is hoping to make an immediate
impact when he strides out in Durban Heat colours for this year’s Mzansi
Super League starting in the first week of November.
The left-handed batsman, who is currently plying his trade for the North
West Dragons, has made significant contributions for the men in maroon
as well as for the Imperial Lions at a franchise level, and would like
to translate that into good performances for the Durban Heat.
“I was hugely relieved to be picked up during the draft after missing
out initially last year,” the 26 year-old Lubbe said.
“After that, the excitement started building as did the realisation that
hard work is paying off for me.
“I am really looking forward to joining up with the rest of the team and
if the opportunity comes for me to play then I want to do myself justice
with both the bat and the ball.
“I want to try and find out my role in the squad as quickly as possible
and learn where I am going to fit in so I can fill that role as well as
Lubbe has been on the professional cricket circuit in South Africa for a
number of years so he will not have a problem incorporating himself into
the squad. He is looking forward to meeting the players he doesn’t know
and building strong relationships.
“I know a lot of the guys in the Durban Heat squad but it’s going to be
great to build friendships with them that go beyond cricket.
“It is important that as players we use these chances to create
friendships with players from different backgrounds because we will be
teammates for over a month,” he added.
Another opportunity that Lubbe is looking forward to is working with
head coach Gary Kirsten.
“It’s going to be fantastic having someone with Gary’s knowledge at the
helm. It’s incredible that I will be able to bounce ideas of someone
with his experience and I cannot wait to learn from him.”
Trading the Highveld for the KZN coast for a month and a bit is another
element of the Mzansi Super League that Lubbe is looking forward to.
“Obviously the beach is one of the things that I am looking forward to!”
he mentioned excitedly.
“One of my good friends Marques Ackerman moved to the Dolphins and only
has good things to say about the lifestyle.
“I know that there are a lot of good golf courses around there so I will
definitely be trying those out!”
The Durban Heat kick off their 2019 Mzansi Super League campaign against
the Tshwane Spartans at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Saturday, 9
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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, Rob Frylinck.
DURBAN HEAT FIXTURES
Saturday, November 9: 12h30, Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans,
Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
Friday, November 15: 17h30, Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks, Hollywoodbets
Sunday, November 17: 10h00, Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz, Hollywoodbets
Thursday, November 21: 17h30, Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat, SuperSport
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
Saturday, December 7: 12h30, Jozi Stars v Durban Heat, Imperial
Tuesday, December 10: 17h30, Durban Heat v Jozi Stars, Hollywoodbets
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)