Skill and promise pay off

2014-10-16 00:00

ANDILE Phehlukwayo sits for his matric exams at Glenwood High School soon, but it’s as a cricketer that he is making his mark.

Contracted for the season by the Dolphins, the 18-year-old looks set for a colourful career as a fast bowler and a more than useful lower-order batsman.

Blessed with the exuberance of youth, his approach to the game is fearless as he gives his all in the cause for his team.

He was part of the Dolphins squad that travelled to India for the Champions League T20 and although the Dolphins returned winless, he played in all four matches, giving glimpses of what he is capable of.

As a bowler, he runs in hard and generates good pace, but he will need some tightening up in that department, learning where and how to bowl when the situation demands it.

With bat in hand, he hits a good ball. Strong and powerful, he is not afraid to play his shots and take the bowlers on, knowing he has a purpose to fulfil.

He top-scored in the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders with 37, batting at number six and it’s been said that Dolphins coach Lance Klusener has never seen a youngster who hits the ball so hard.

He was also a member of the SA U19 side that won the U19 World Cup in Dubai earlier this year.

His most recent accolade is being recognised as the Junior Sportsman of the Year at the KZN Sports Awards, noted for his cricket achievements so early in his career. The awards were held at the ICC in Durban.

The awards were created by KZN Sport and Recreation with the KZN Sport Confederation, and aim to promote sport within the province and among youngsters with great potential.

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