Dur­ban Heat want to fin­ish on a high

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THE Dur­ban Heat kissed their Mzansi Su­per League chances good­bye on Wed­nes­day, as they watched the rain fall de­press­ingly over their clash against the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Gi­ants.

As it was, the el­e­ments prob­a­bly saved them from yet an­other hum­bling de­feat. The men from PE were omi­nously placed at 121 for two, and poised to climb into the fi­nal overs.

As the um­pires called time on the match, David Miller was tasked with sum­ming up the sen­ti­ments of the home dress­ing room.

“Look we have been a long way off the mark the whole com­pe­ti­tion,” Miller sighed.

“We haven’t fired in a lot of ar­eas and we can’t re­ally find an ex­pla­na­tion for it.”

That has been the on­go­ing mes­sage from the Heat. They have prac­tised as well as they could, but it has not nearly come to­gether on the field. There has been no place to hide for them, and they now have to fin­ish the com­pe­ti­tion in the role of a span­ner in the works.

“We want to play with a lot of pride over the next three games and fin­ish with four wins out of our 10 matches in the com­pe­ti­tion,” Miller vowed.

It is cer­tainly the least they can do, and it will give the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion the in­tegrity it de­serves.

Should the Heat fi­nally win again, they will se­ri­ously dent the play-off chances for their vic­tims.

They may well have a hand in de­cid­ing who hosts the fi­nal, even if they will play no part in that.

“What­ever that does to the ta­ble isn’t any­thing that we are con­cerned about and we are just hop­ing for a full 40 overs this Fri­day,” Miller ex­panded, with a cur­sory men­tion of the no­to­ri­ous Dur­ban weather around cricket sea­son.

It hasn’t helped mat­ters at all, es­pe­cially as it only seems to fall on match days. Tues­day was a bel­ter, and Thurs­day was sim­i­larly de­light­ful. You can al­ready guess what Fri­day af­ter­noon might do.

The Jozi Stars are next on the radar for the Dur­ban Heat, just a week after the same op­po­nents tore into them at The Bull­ring.

That saw the Stars spark a three­game streak of bonus-point tri­umphs. They are now the form side in the com­pe­ti­tion, and have their sights set fair on do­ing the dou­ble on Dur­ban.

The likes of Chris Gayle and Kag­iso Rabada, as well as run ma­chine Reeza Hen­dricks, will pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge.

“They seem to be a side that is start­ing to peak at the right time which is a good sign for them, but we are go­ing to re­group and fo­cus hard on the match,” Miller main­tained.

“All the teams are strong in this com­pe­ti­tion and we just want to try and play the best cricket we can,” he added.

To­day’s match be­tween the Heat and the Jozi Stars starts at 2pm, with cov­er­age on SABC 3 from 1.45pm.

DUR­BAN Heat bats­man David Miller. | Back­pagePix

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