Durban Heat keen to get their MSL campaign off the ground
Durban – Following a week of torrential rain in Durban, the Durban Heat
players will be hoping that the weather gods smile kindly on them so
they can get their Mzansi Super League campaign underway when they meet
the Paarl Rocks at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Friday evening.
The Heat’s opening game of the competition was rained off without a ball
being bowled so the side will be itching to get into action as soon as
possible. Despite the adverse weather coach Gary Kirsten sees the
positive in the lack of match time.
“Often when you come into tournaments like this you don’t really have
too much time to connect as a unit,” Kirsten said.
“I think we have used our ten or twelve days that we have had together
productively and obviously we would love to have had some game time but
we can’t fight that we just want to make best use of the time we have.”
The Heat side is sweating slightly on their two young speedsters with
Daryn Dupavillon and Marco Jansen who are both under a slight injury
“Daryn was bowling at about seventy percent on Tuesday which is a good
sign but Marco is also not fully fit at the moment. Those two guys will
be important components to our attack in the various conditions that we
will play in.
“Unfortunately we don’t have confirmation yet as to their availability
for the match against the Paarl Rocks on Friday.
“Obviously it would be great to have a fully fit squad so we can pick
the squad that we want to,” Kirsten added.
Coming in to the weekend the Heat has two points in the bag, however
they will be keen to get on the park and show the fans what they are
capable of with another match on Sunday against the Cape Town Blitz on
Captain Dane Vilas understands that it’s far from ideal losing games but
the competition is a long one and there are more than enough games left
in the tournament.
“It’s only the first week really so you can’t get too frustrated and
look too far ahead,” Vilas said.
“There is a lot of cricket to be played and we just want to get on the
park this Friday and get off to a good start.
“The guys are all equally keen but are also prepared for anything that
might crop up.”
The Durban Heat take on the Paarl Rocks in its second match of the
Mzansi Super League at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium starting at
17:30. Gates to the stadium open at 16:30 and tickets can be purchased
at the stadium ticket office.
More information can be found at
Should you require any further assistance contact Nick Tatham (083 610
1232) or email
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
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)