UWC Cricket Club batsman beats tuberculosis to be among top run-scorers

File image: Josh Schippers.

University of the Western Cape Cricket Club batsman Josh Schippers has overcome severe adversity to be among the ongoing 2019-20 Western Province Cricket Association premier league’s leading run-scorers.

Schippers currently occupies third position among this season’s top 10 WPCA premier league run-scorers, with 177 in four innings. Only Brackenfell Cricket Club’s Chris Dent and Cape Town Cricket Club’s Mathew Goles have more.

“Seeing Josh’s name among the top run-scorers in the WPCA premier league is a testament to his hard work since 2012,” Schippers’ father, Donovan, told Club Cricket SA.

“In 2012, Josh suffered a pleural effusion (water on the lungs) due to tuberculosis. He then spent a week in isolation at Mediclinic Constantiaberg and had to undergo tuberculosis treatment for almost two years.”

The talented left-hander left first division A outfit Primrose Cricket Club in late 2018 – and now plays alongside Cape Cobras all-rounder Jason Smith, Proteas batsman Zubayr Hamza and others at the University of the Western Cape Cricket Club.

“After playing Under-14 and Under-15 cricket at Wynberg Boys’ High School, he joined Primrose Cricket Club in 2016 and soon played in their first XI,” added Donovan Schippers.

“Seeing the humility and the hard work he shows daily for the game he so loves, his mom and I are truly grateful that he has been free of tuberculosis since 2012.”

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