Ayr sign Free State's Lenert van Wyk - 11/03/15

Lenert van WykAYR have signed explosive Free State batsman Lenert van Wyk as their overseas professional for 2015.

Van Wyk (25) has played 97 matches in South Africa’s domestic cricket across all formats since his first-class debut for Boland in 2008.

After five seasons, and 34 first-class games with Boland (1,273 runs at 23.57), he moved to Free State in March 2013, where to date, he's churned out 729 runs at 36.45 including highest scores of 147 and 150* over 14 matches.

He has also featured for the Cape Cobras in several Pro40 matches and remains in contention of a re-call courtesy of his domestic exploits.

Van Wyk has a penchant for scoring big runs. He has 5 first-class centuries to date, namely 170, 110, 147, 100 and 150*, in addition to a magnificent 156 not out for the Cape Cobras Emerging Players whilst chase down 271 set by Sussex during a pre-season 40-over match in Abu Dhabi (March 2010).

Van Wyk has also starred during several outings for South Africa, firstly for the University side in 2009, then for the Sixes team during the Hong Kong Sixes in 2011, with scores of 32* (11) vs. Pakistan and 36* (16) vs. India. He has also featured for the South African Academy in recent years.

Whilst van Wyk is known for his aggressive stroke-play, he is also a more than handy seamer, with 11 domestic wickets to his name. He bowls a heavy ball, clocking in around the 125-130kph mark.

Van Wyk spent his first season abroad playing league cricket in 2014 with success. Playing in the Dutch top flight competition (the "Topklasse"), he scored 342 runs at 26.31 alongside 12 wickets at 29.42 for Excelsior.

He was even more impressive in the T20 format churning out 267 runs at 53.50 in 6 innings, with 3 fifites in addition to 6 wickets at 18.50 with an economy rate of 5.55.

Van Wyk is now looking forward to playing in Scotland for Ayr in the Western District Premier Division this summer.

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