Bamboozled DBN Heat left with pride to play for
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