Cape Town - Knights captain
Theunis de Bruyn has attributed their success in winning the Sunfoil Series to
the character and camaraderie within the squad after they were crowned 2016/17
four-day champions on Saturday.
franchise beat the Highveld Lions by an innings and 121 runs to seal a
first first-class title in nine years.
They were known as the Eagles when they
won their only previous championship back in 2007/08 season.
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still only 24, was captaining a franchise for the first time in his young
career when he took over the reins at the star of the term, but has shown
immense potential as a leader.
a rollercoaster ride considering all the ups and downs, the rained out games,
playing poorly, but I just think about this game and the first game, the way we
rolled the opposition under difficult circumstances," he said after their win
at the Wanderers Stadium.
shown real character and to lift this trophy after a few months of cricket,
it's a massive privilege."
won four out of their 10 games through the term, drawing three and losing two,
while once match was abandoned.
came against the Titans in the first game of the term - a match that
saw them bowl out the reigning champions for just 67 - and they also went on to
beat the Cape Cobras and the Warriors.
Bruyn, who was called up by the Proteas, provided most of their
runs with his aggregate of 751 seeing him end third on the overall list, it was
their bowling that was the big difference.
Olivier - the only 50-wicket man this term with 52 dismissals - made his Test
debut on account of his form.
He was well supported by the likes of Marchant de
Lange (34) and Shadley van Schalkwyk (29).
The other key man with the bat has
been wicketkeeper Rudi Second (684).
"We're in a
situation now where individuals don’t mind giving their successes to the guy
next to him in the team," De Bruyn explained.
"That's where we grow as a team.
an example of the last day when Duanne was bowling and had the opportunity for
another five-for, but Shadley was bowling well and said 'let him keep going,
he's bowling well'.
took two wickets at the end there and it just shows you the unit. Not one of
those guys would have had the success if they weren't all pulling in the same
direction, so that's very satisfying."
As for his
own form, De Bruyn said he felt privileged to have been given the opportunity
by the franchise and their coach, Nicky Boje, to showcase his ability.
something you always take, but it's the processes you put in place and thanks
to Knights cricket for giving me the opportunity to bat at three and just to
express myself," he added.
"It's been a nice learning curve for me a bit out of
my comfort zone, but I just take it day-by-day and keep on improving. The runs
can come and go, but I just need to keep on improving and try and take
advantage when they come."