As the inaugural Mzansi Super League fast approaches, the Durban Heat competition is set to wow the Kingsmead faithful.
True to the tournament’s ethos of selecting local, the squad has a number of players who came through the ranks of a variety of KwaZulu-Natal schools, and given the staunch school’s rivalry amongst boys in the province these schools will be standing by their old boys.
The Heat’s marquee local player Hashim Amla was schooled on the Berea at the famous Durban High School. Amla’s Alma Mater has also produced proteas like Lance Klusener, Trevor Goddard and Barry Richards.
Amla has become one of the legends of the game in South Africa and is expected to lead the batting of the Durban Heat.
Across the N2 and the biggest rival to DHS is Glenwood High School. Glenwood old boy and rookie of the Durban Heat Okuhle Cele will be flying the flag for the Green Machine.
Cele has broken into the Dolphins mix over the last eight months and has impressed with the national academy. He will be looking to learn as much as possible during the tournament starting on 18 November.
In the suburb of Durban North is Northwood High School and that was home to Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj for his high school years.
The left-arm spinner has made waves in international cricket over the last year and a half with his role in the Proteas test side, but the MSL gives him a chance to flex his white ball muscles.
Up the M13 into the Upper Highway region, Westville Boy’s High School is the next school represented in the Durban Heat line up.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins captain Khaya Zondo went to Westville Boys for his high school career. Zondo has begun to make a mark on the international scene but will be hoping that the MSL can get his T20 credentials noticed.
In Botha’s Hill lies Kearsney College, the high school of former Protea and Durban Heat seamer Kyle Abbott.
Abbott’s experience in T20 leagues around the world will be crucial and after his many years at the Dolphins, he will add vital local knowledge to the seam attack.
In Pietermaritzburg, a hub for schooling excellence in the province, two players spent their years of education at Maritzburg College and St Charles College respectively.
Dave Miller, one of the most devastating limited overs cricketers in the world, was schooled at College and will form a vital cog in the Heat’s batting line up for the MSL.
SJ Erwee was schooled at St Charles College. The left-handed batsman was a top performing cricketer at the school and his recent call up to the SA ‘A’ team for their winter tour to India was a step in the right direction.
A strong top-order batsman, if Erwee gets in the Heat will be well on top.
More information can be found at www.dolphinscricket.co.za.
Durban Heat Fixtures:
18 Nov 11:00 Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz Kingsmead, Durban
21 Nov 14:00 Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans Kingsmead, Durban
23 Nov 19:00 Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George’s, Port Elizabeth
28 Nov 19:00 Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban
30 Nov 19:00 Jozi Stars v Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
02 Dec 11:00 Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
05 Dec 19:00 Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban
07 Dec 14:00 Durban Heat v Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban
09 Dec 15:30 Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town
12 Dec 19:00 Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion
Durban Heat Squad:
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, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako