• Spartans and Heat share washout

    The Tshwane Spartans and Durban Heat were consigned to a washout in Thursday’s Mzansi Super League fixture at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

    The no-result marked a third each for the Spartans and Heat in this year’s MSL, which has been severely affected by rain. The Pretoria and Durban franchise currently occupy third and fifth position, respectively, in the six-team standings. The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are the current log leaders.

    The Spartans climbed to a final total of 141-4 in 15 overs on the back of opening batsman Dean Elgar, whose 57 not out was complemented by fellow Proteas cricketer Theunis de Bruyn’s 40.

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    The Heat’s pursuit endured a disappointing start, as opener Wesley Marshall and the talented Wihan Lubbe perished for first-ball ducks, both falling to fast bowler Lungi Ngidi.

    Captain Dane Vilas departed shortly thereafter, before inclement weather had the final say. England’s Alex Hales was unbeaten on seven when umpires Stephen Harris and Abdoellah Steenkamp called off the match.

    The Paarl Rocks will host the Jozi Stars at Boland Park on Friday. The Stars are the defending champions, after beating the Cape Town Blitz in last year’s inaugural final, but have since suffered four consecutive defeats.

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