Dolphins’ Delport experiences England’s T20 Blast
Durban –Sunfoil Dolphins’ hard-hitting opening batsman Cameron Delport has
started his short term innings with Leicestershire County Cricket Club in
England where his hard hitting skills will be put to good use in the 2016
NatWest T20 Blast.
The 27 year-old, who has experienced many cricketing regions around the
globe in his career already, is relishing a maiden county gig and is eager
to make a difference in Leicestershire’s tournament.
“It’s a real privilege to finally get a county stint!” says Delport who
has also been part of the Dolphins’ 2014 Champions League campaign in
India as well as enjoyed stints with the Caribbean Premier League’s
Trinbago Knight Riders, the Big Bash League’s Sydney Thunder and the
Pakistan Super League’s Lahore Qalanders.
“To play some county cricket has been one of my goals for the past few
years as it really is a good league and the NatWest T20 Blast has really
grown over recently.”
“I am hoping to contribute as best I can whilst I’m here, get to know the
guys on and off the field and hopefully help win some games for
Leicestershire,” he added.
Delport believes the English T20 domestic tournament’s improvement is
confirmed by the involvement of a flood of West Indies’ ICC World T20
winning squad, including victorious captain Darren Sammy, players whom he
has a healthy respect for along with his new team mates and coaching
“You can see the trend of all the big names – Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle,
Brendon McCullum – now playing in the competition and you know when
they’re involved then the league is strong.
“Leicestershire is a great team and they’ve got great coaching staff –
South Africa’s Pierre de Bruin and Australian Andrew McDonald, who I spent
some time with during my time at Sydney Thunder – are both involved.
“I made my debut on Friday evening against Lancashire and it was really
nice to play at a test ground and a world class venue that Old Trafford
While fully focused on his on-field efforts, the tournament’s format will
also afford the former Westville Boys’ High School pupil the opportunity
to make the most of the English summer and enjoy the country he spent some
time in during his school years.
“Games are only on Fridays and Saturdays so I’ll also have a bit of down
time in between games during which I can hopefully travel around the UK,
experience it, take it all in, and meet up with some old friends.
“Hopefully I can get some club cricket when I’ve got a gap too.
“All in all though, I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks and
hopefully we can get a few wins under our belt during that time,” said
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