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Cricket | Mzansi Super League 2018

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Rain douses Heat's faint playoff hopes

The Durban Heat’s faint hopes of making the playoffs in the Mzansi Super League were finally doused by rain at Kingsmead on Wednesday night when the match between them and the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants was finally called off at 9.30pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

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Altogether 90 minutes were lost to rain after the Giants had initially won the toss and progressed to 121 for two in 13.3 overs, thanks largely to an unbeaten 62 by Jon-Jon Smuts and useful contributions from Jason Roy (26) and Rudi Second (26).

The Heat, propping up the table with one win (four points) in their first six games, had to win the match with a bonus point to give themselves even the faintest chance of making further progress in the competition.

The two points for a washout awarded to each of the teams will now mean more to the Giants who moved up to second with 21 points, four behind the Cape Town Blitz.

Earlier, the Giants won the toss and decided to bat first.

They were given a racing start by their English import, Roy, who was making his debut performance for the visitors from the Eastern Cape.

He reverse-swept his second ball from Keshav Maharaj for six before cover driving Vernon Philander for another maximum.

Eventually, however, when the score had raced to 42 in 5.1 overs, the Durban-born batsmen succumbed to paceman Marchant de Lange, leg before to a full delivery that he tried to flick through mid-wicket.

The early momentum was more than maintained by Smuts and his new partner, Rudi Second, who put on 71 in 46 balls for the second wicket before Second became the first victim of the Heat’s Afghanistan wristspinner, Rashid Khan, caught in the deep by Sarel Erwee.

Smuts, who survived once chance in the outfield to Erwee when on 24, went on to strike eight fours and a six in his unbeaten 62 from 45 balls.

The second break for rain, lasting an hour, was, however, fatal to the further continuation of the match that was eventually abandoned when time ran out.

The Heat will play their next match on Friday against the Jozi Stars. The game is scheduled to start at 2pm.

With runs a burning issue for the Heat, they dropped one of their Proteas’ batsmen, Heinrich Klaasen, going into the match.

Klaasen had scored a disappointing 31 runs at an average of 6.2 in five innings.

Last Sunday, The Heat dropped their opening batsman, Hashim Amla, for their match against the Paarl Rocks. In five innings, Amla had scored 55 runs at an average of 11. Temba Bavuma came in to replace Klaasen.

Durban Heat: Sarel Erwee, Morne van Wyk (w/k), Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel (capt), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Rashid Khan, Marchant de Lange

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Jon-Jon Smuts (capt),Jason Roy, Ben Duckett, Heino Kuhn, Christiaan Jonker, Rudi Second (w/k), Sisanda Magala, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir, Carmi le Roux, Ryan McLaren


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