Durban Heat Media Release

 No: dh1906

23 Oct 2019

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Written by: Nick Tatham


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 possible.”

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 November.

More information can be found at www.durbanheat.co.za.

Should you require any further assistance contact Nick Tatham (083 610 1232) or email nick@gameplanmedia.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, 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 Kingsmead Stadium
Sunday, November 17: 10h00, Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz, Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
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)

ENDS

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