Bam­boo­zled DBN Heat left with pride to play for

The Witness - - RACING - SITHEMBISO DINDI

FOL­LOW­ING their shock­ing fail­ure to chal­lenge for the Mzansi Su­per League (MSL) ti­tle, the Dur­ban Heat em­bark on a new mis­sion to at least pro­tect what is left of their dig­nity.

Heat, who host Jozi Stars at Kingsmead to­day at 2 pm, be­came the first side to be out of the run­ning in the six-team com­pe­ti­tion after their aban­doned match against Nel­son Man­dela Gi­ants on Wed­nes­day.

The Dur­ban-based fran­chise went into the clash need­ing a vic­tory at all costs, but rain had other plans for them. They gained a not-so-use­ful two points from the match, and re­mained glued at the bot­tom of the MSL log ta­ble with just six points from seven out­ings.

The Grant Mor­gan-coached out­fit won only one and lost five times, but still have three fix­tures they need to hon­our.

Heat’s David Miller, who is one of the coun­try’s top bats­men, ad­mit­ted that their cam­paign has been a dis­ap­point­ment and they can’t give an ex­act ex­pla­na­tion of what led to that.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s dis­ap­point­ing, we are def­i­nitely far off our mark. In the whole of the com­pe­ti­tion we just didn’t fire in a lot of dif­fer­ent ar­eas and like the coach said I don’t think there’s much ex­pla­na­tion to it,” said Miller.

“It’s def­i­nitely not the lack of ef­fort, lack of try­ing at prac­tice, we’ve been pulling our weight in dif­fer­ent ar­eas, so this is one of those things that has hap­pened and [we are] ob­vi­ously ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed. I mean be­ing the first tour­na­ment we al­ways wanted to make an im­pres­sion, but it’s just wasn’t to be,” said the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg-born star.

A big let down for the Heat has been their bat­ting depart­ment, which boast sev­eral lead­ing bats­men such as Miller, Hashim Amla, Hein­rich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma and Khaya Zondo, that has failed to put enough runs on the score­board. To date not even one player in the team has scored at least 50 runs in a sin­gle game.

“T20 hap­pens very quickly so you need guys to be fir­ing con­sis­tently, a cou­ple of se­nior play­ers, over­seas play­ers that’s what they are bought for at the end of the day.

“And ob­vi­ously the lo­cal guys to chip in on key mo­ments, un­for­tu­nately we just haven’t found our rhythm,” said Miller.

“In the next three games we want to play for a lot of pride, at least try to get four wins out of 10 and don’t look as bad. That’s our next goal.” • [email protected]­ness.co.za

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