Vernon Philander in the runs for Tygerberg Cricket Club

Vernon PhilanderFile image: Vernon Philander

Proteas all-rounder Vernon Philander’s performance with the ball proved relatively insignificant, but Tygerberg Cricket Club dominated day one of a key Western Province Cricket Association first division A fixture against the University of Cape Town Cricket Club on 13 March 2016 nonetheless.

Sidelined by an ankle injury sustained during the Test series against India in November last year, Philander had not played competitive cricket for over four months, prior to Sunday at Florida Park in Ravensmead.

Tygerberg CC hardly required him in the first innings. He bowled a mere four overs and failed to take a wicket. Spinner Luwaaz September, meanwhile, snared telling figures of six for 12 – as UCT CC were bowled out for a paltry 70. Their follow-on later reached 68 for four, with Philander dismissing opener Matt Hawkin – and the promising Taariq Chiektey late in the day.

The right-handed Philander, earlier, contributed a fine half-century in the middle order. His 52 featured half a dozen fours and one six and, alongside half-tons from the talented Corbin Thomas and Neil Abrahams, was the mainstay of the hosts’ formidable total of 217 for seven.

The second and final day of this important WPCA first division A match will take place on 20 March, when Philander will have the opportunity to improve on underwhelming  match figures of two for 20 in 11 overs.

4 Comments on "Vernon Philander in the runs for Tygerberg Cricket Club"

  1. How’s figures of two for 20 in 11 overs underwhelming.Is 10 for 0 in 1.4 overs better, because he’s a Protea!#wpclubcricketiscompetitive.

  2. Vernon’s appearance on Sunday is not measured by his own performance with the bat and the ball but in the amount of people from the community who came out to see their local hero. His inspiration to the community will continue to grow through Tygerberg Cricket Club and the Vernon Philander Foundation. These heroes is much needed in our communities to help rescue our children from the social evils and breaking down our facilities. His contribution is huge in this regard and may it be recognized by the powers that be.

  3. Well said Johannes Adams. Vernon is a talented , committed cricketer. His contribution to his club, cricket and the community is the reason for the support he enjoys. A worthy role model. Always willing to serve.love this guy. Look after him Tygerberg. He didn’t forget his roots.

  4. It’s amazing how much you can learn from a guy of Vernon Philander’s calibre. He is a true inspiration to Tygerberg Cricket Club and also to the community. That was proven by the amount of community members we had at the field. It was great seeing my community come together the way they did.#whataguy

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