Durban - Dolphins fast bowler Mathew Pillans is set to leave South
African shores in the coming weeks to take up a county cricket offer with
The 24-year-old has taken 114 First Class wickets in his 31 matches at an
average of 23.72 and represented the Dolphins on 10 occasions in ‘red
“Mat Pillans has been released from the franchise set-up as he has taken up an
offer to go play county cricket,” said Dolphins CEO Pete de Wet.
“He intends to be in the UK within the next two weeks to start his assignment
there,” he added.
The young talent has performed admirably for the franchise and KZN Inland’s
provincial side since his move down from Pretoria.
“We wish Mat well,” said De Wet. “He has been a good performer for us at the Dolphins and particularly in the provincial side.”
“It is a pity to see him go but he’s got aspirations to play at that level and
he felt it was right for his career to make that move.”
For Pillans, the decision wasn’t an easy one after having settled into both the
Durban lifestyle and the Dolphins franchise, pinpointing his return of
10-129 against the Knights in 2014/15 as his greatest highlight.
“It has been a really tough decision to make but I have been given a great opportunity
that I’m looking forward to,” said Pillans.
“It has been great to have had the chance to work with the senior guys at the
Dolphins; playing alongside them and to be around them to listen has really
helped me take my game forward.
“I think every player’s dream is to produce your career best performance at the
highest level you’ve played at and so to have taken my first, and only, 10
wicket haul for the Dolphins last season was very special.
“I’m going to miss the Durban vibe and all the people but I’m also very, very
excited about what my new opportunity holds,” he added.
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