Here’s the lowdown on an absolutely thrilling debut in my new career as South African wonder kid Buster van Dunk.
We, Emalahleni that is, bowled first and restricted our hosts Tzaneen to 182 from a slow going 77.2 overs. I kept things tight with figures of 17-4-28-1. The highlight was of course my maiden wicket. Up to that point any ball that had dare go anywhere near our wicketkeeper Paki Kotze, simply bounced off his pads. He turned on the style when it mattered though to stump left-hander Bast Wolfs and help me claim my first victim at club level.
When it came our turn to bat, we soon found ourselves staring a first innings deficit in the face. Moseghi Badham (6) and I combined for a last-wicket partnership of 39 however to haul us from 134-9 to 173 all out, just 9 behind. I was stranded on a hugely encouraging 43 not out from 54 balls in my first venture to the wicket with willow in hand.
Frustrated by our tailend exploits, Tzaneen capitulated to just 96 all out in their second dig. I bowled five overs for the concession of just 11 runs.
Chasing 106 for an opening round victory, we flirted with the butterflies alright but I finished not out again, this time on 18 to guide us home with two wickets to spare.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing as an all-rounder and look forward to pursuing this original and exciting career.