Mzansi Super League Focus: Durban Heat & Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Mzansi Super League Focus: Durban Heat & Nelson Mandela Bay Giants compiled by @keeganKruger & @Justus_Beets – It has been in the making for quite a while, but South African will finally have it’s own global T20 competition called the Mzansi Super League T20. We are giving you everything you need to know about the competition format, who will be playing for which franchise and what we think about each squad.
In Part 3, we look at the coastal neighbours, Durban Heat & Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Home ground: Kingsmead
We felt that the “Durban Rain Delays” would have been a more fitting name, seeing that rain always buys a ticket for cricket in Durban. The Heat have internationally experienced batsmen like Amla, Miller, and Morkel, but with the likes of Afghan leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan, experienced seamers Kyle “Kolpak” Abbott and Vernon Philander, it looks like a well-balanced side.
They should go far, but they won’t be doing it in quick singles.
Local player to watch:
Sarel Erwee. Has a Ramslam hundred under his belt and was part of a successful SA side in the Hong Kong sixes in 2017.
Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morne van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako.
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Twitter – @Durban_Heat
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Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Home ground: St. George’s Park
Coach: Eric Simons
This is a team that’s going to need everything to go right. Chris Morris had a poor 2018 IPL, international marquee player, Jason Roy, is a hit or miss opener that can struggle against spin.
Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, and Aaron Phangiso will be the go-to experienced bowlers. If luck is a lady, she better be in the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Whatsapp group. Don’t see them going far.
Local player to watch:
Marco Marais. In the Africa T20 cup, he scored two unbeaten centuries. Last year, he also scored the fastest first-class triple century ever, off just 191 balls. Bettering unknown players like Graeme Smith and someone named Viv Richards.
Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts, Junior Dala, Christiaan Jonker, Aaron Phangiso,Sisanda Magala, Ryan McLaren, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, DyllanMatthews, LizaardWilliams, Rudi Second, Carmi le Roux.
Facebook – Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Twitter – @nmb_Giants
Instagram – @nmbGiants