Cape Town Cricket Club’s Matthew Olsen has been named the Club Cricket SA Player of the Week, after reaching a monumental 500 first XI wickets.
Olsen, who debuted in the 2001-02 Western Province Cricket Association season, reached the milestone against Western Province Cricket Club on 18 November 2017.
Opening batsman and opposition captain Derek Mitchell was the veteran spinner’s 500th victim, as the hosts held the advantage in the key 2017-18 WPCA premier league fixture.
Olsen has taken five wickets or more in an innings 17 times, with a best of seven for 20 against Edgemead Cricket Club in the 2014-15 season. That seven-for contributed to a telling match haul of 13 for 70.
The 34-year-old has bowled more than 2700 overs, including 500-plus maidens, in 202 matches for Cape Town Cricket Club’s first XI. More than a fifth of his 501 victims have been removed lbw.
His best figures at Cape Town Cricket Club’s home ground, the Boon Wallace Oval, are six for 33 – against the University of Western Cape Cricket Club in 2012-13. He has also clinched two other six-fors, against Primrose Cricket Club and Tygerberg Cricket Club, at the Boon Wallace Oval.
Club Cricket SA Player of the Week archives:
13 November 2017: Quayum Camroodien (Cravenby Cricket Club)
6 November 2017: Rudi Swarts (Piketberg Cricket Club)
30 October 2017: Winslow Bedien (Kensington Cricket Club)
23 October 2017: Josh Savage (Ottoman Cricket Club)
16 October 2017: Brandon Viret (Durbanville Cricket Club)
9 October 2017: Justin Schwerin (Milnerton Cricket Club)
22 March 2017: Pieter Malan (Durbanville Cricket Club)
14 March 2017: Nigel Dirks (Bellville South Cricket Club)
6 March 2017: Michal Lord (Cape Town Cricket Club)
27 February 2017: Jody Lawrence (University of the Western Cape Cricket Club)
20 February 2017: Warrick Rhoda (Victoria Cricket Club)
13 February 2017: Michael Pote (Rondebosch Cricket Club)
7 February 2017: Warren Ekstraal (St Augustine Cricket Club)
30 January 2017: Zac Elkin (Green Point Cricket Club)
23 January 2017: Byron Boshoff (Durbanville Cricket Club)
16 January 2017: Sameer Sandhi (Wynberg Cricket Club)
9 January 2017: Handre Theron (Bellville Cricket Club)
5 December 2016: Nicholas Scott (Cape Town Cricket Club)
28 November 2016: Virgil Jacobs (Strandfontein Cricket Club)
21 November 2016: Sheraz Ali (Wynberg Cricket Club)
14 November 2016: Michael Cohen (Western Province Cricket Club)
7 November 2016: Gary-Jon Sylvester (Helderberg Cricket Club)
31 October 2016: Aidan Greenfield (Milnerton Cricket Club)
24 October 2016: Nathan Swartz (Durbanville Cricket Club)
17 October 2016: Marvin de Kock (Northerns Goodwood Cricket Club)
11 October 2016: James Crowson (Western Province Cricket Club)
7 March 2016: Julian Fortuin (Macassar Cricket Club)
29 February 2016: Derek Mitchell (Western Province Cricket Club)
24 February 2016: Abdul Temoor (Hottentots Holland Cricket Club)
15 February 2016: Muneer Holmes (Ottoman Cricket Club)
9 February 2016: Ashley Botha (Tygerberg Cricket Club)
2 February 2016: David Schierhout (Primrose Cricket Club)
25 January 2016: Dylan Solomon (Avendale Cricket Club)
18 January 2016: Zac Elkin (Green Point Cricket Club)
16 December 2015: Adam Ball (Claremont Cricket Club)
7 December 2015: Givon Christian (United Cricket Club)
29 November 2015: Jonathan Reynders (Milnerton Cricket Club)
24 November 2015: Roshan Khan (Cravenby Cricket Club)
18 November 2015: William Hantam (Cape Town Cricket Club)
9 November 2015: Anwar Rahman (Ottoman Cricket Club)
2 November 2015: Luke Petersen (Montrose Cricket Club)
26 October 2015: Zaid Patel (Wanderers Cricket Club)