The Durban Heat are under the cosh in the Mzansi Super League as they desperately need to find that winning feeling in Sunday’s match against the Paarl Rocks at Boland Park.
With only one win from the first five games of the campaign, the Heat are seeing their chances of qualifying for the play-off becoming increasingly slimmer, although a winelands win will give them the boost they need to start building up some momentum to push for a spot in the playoff match.
The Heat’s bowling has been the stronger aspect of their game in the competition. In their match in Johannesburg they battled with the ball, which put them on the back foot. However, captain Albie Morkel was focusing on the positives from the loss to the Jozi Stars at the Wanderers.
‘I was proud of the guys and how we recovered to still get to 180-odd after losing three early wickets,’ Morkel said after the game on Friday.
‘It’s positive that Morné van Wyk got some runs, and hopefully we can build on those few positives that we have.
‘I keep on saying that from a batting perspective we have world class players and I am waiting for them to turn it on.’
The Heat will need as many points as possible from their final five games of the competition. Morkel still believes that they are in with a shot at a play-off spot.
‘We are still not out of it,’ he stressed. ‘We’ve only played half of our games, and if we can get a few wins and a few bonus points we can push for that third spot.’
In the previous meeting between the Heat and the Rocks at Kingsmead earlier this week, the visitors claimed a DLS influenced victory.
The match at Eurolux Boland Park gets under way at 11am.
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