An outstanding season for Erwee

2018-03-28 10:49
Local cricketer Sarel Erwee doing duty for the Dolphins in the season just past. He plans to build on personal improvements he made.

Local cricketer Sarel Erwee doing duty for the Dolphins in the season just past. He plans to build on personal improvements he made. (Gallo images)

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When Pietermaritzburg-born cricket star Sarel Erwee reflects on the recently finished domestic season, he will realise how strongly his fortunes have changed, as he managed to insert himself as a top player at the Dolphins.

Erwee, as one of the key players for the Dolphins during the season, helped the Durbanites to their first title after three years of drought and he finished the season with three gold medals and one silver.

The St Charles old boy was also the first player to get a century in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.

The opening batsman is now the winner of Africa T20 Cup, Hong Kong Sixes where he represented South Africa, Momentum One-Day Cup, and also finished as runner-up in the T20 Challenge with the Dolphins.

But his success came after a lot of heartache he endured a season before, when his dream to play for the Dolphins was finally realised but injuries forced him to wait a bit longer for real action.

As painful as it was, Erwee didn’t give up, but he came back home and joined KwaZulu-Natal Inland with a hope to get back to Kingsmead.

It’s part of history now that it worked out well as he began the season by winning the T20 Cup with Inland in September.

“It’s actually the lots of hard work that I put together over the years that has now accumulated to all the success of this season,” said Erwee.

“I think it all started with the Africa T20 Cup win when I was with Inland again and just being with coach Shane Burger and the team I grew up playing for helped me a lot to get back to my best, so I think that was the start of it really.

“To win the Momentum One-Day Cup was very special, firstly it’s a trophy that hasn’t been to Kingsmead after so many years. It’s actually an unbelievable feeling because of that and to contribute the way I did and after not being submitted in the original squad at the beginning of the tournament was quite pleasing.”

Though it’s hard for him to choose his best moment for this season, Erwee said he was proud to be part of the team that helped South Africa to their fifth Hong Kong Sixes title.

“It was probably one of the better weekends of cricket in my life; it’s right up there with obviously the One-Day Cup, the T20 final we played this season and the Africa Cup. Hong Kong was just the cherry on the cake,” he said.

“For me, next season is just to be consistent, especially in the four-day format. I started well in the competition this year, but I ended quite poorly. I don’t know if maybe it was the end-of-season syndrome that happened.”

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