Durban - 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
“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
“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
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 staff.
“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 is.”
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 Delport.
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