Durban Heat Media Release

 No: dh1921

27 Nov 2019

Embargo : None

Written by: Nick Tatham

Heat seeking momentum in Cape Town

Durban – the Durban Heat will be eying their match against the Cape Town Blitz at Newlands on Thursday as a chance to start building some vital momentum as they head into the second half of the Mzansi Super League group phase.

The Heat has gone down in both of their completed games so far in the competition and both games have been decided by very small margins. The first game against the Blitz saw the Cape Town side win by ten runs and then the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants beat the Heat in the final over.

Heat captain Dane Vilas is hoping that his side can use this stretch of five games in just under two weeks to generate enough momentum to get them into the play-offs.

“It has been disappointing as to how the competition has gone with a game here, a rained off game there, so we are just really excited to build some momentum,” Vilas said.

“Obviously we have to just take it one game at a time starting with this game against the Blitz and then a flight back to Durban for a nice game on Saturday afternoon back at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead.

“It will be great to pick up some momentum and just build on that.”

It was a narrow defeat to the Blitz in their first completed game of the competition that got their campaign started, but Vilas says that the squad members are ready and prepared for the challenge that Quinton de Kock and his side will pose.

“The team is fit and firing and ready to go, which makes team selection difficult because everyone is looking good in the nets.

“That first game against the Blitz was a disappointing one and we made a few mistakes but we were unfortunate to lose by just ten runs in the end.

“We are really excited to get one back over them, I think we owe them one and hopefully this will be the catalyst to get our campaign going again,” Vilas added.

The Heat players have had a few days’ worth of downtime following their match in Port Elizabeth last weekend and Vilas feels they are still upbeat about the matches that lie ahead.

“The guys are really positive after a couple days of rest and are really looking forward to this game coming up,” he commented.

Vilas and his side will not be looking too far into the future but know the importance of the next few games in the greater scheme of the competition.

Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium is running an exciting Black Friday special where fans can purchase tickets for Saturday’s home game against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants for just R1 on Friday.

There are 1000 tickets on offer and must be purchased from the stadium ticket office. Tickets are limited to ten per person and are available from am until sold out.

More information can be found at

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)


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Durban Heat captain Dane Vilas hopes that their game against the Cape Town Blitz on Wednesday at Newlands will kick-start their campaign as they move into the second half of the Mzansi Super League. Deryck Foster/
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