Blignaut signs for Shobrooke Park - 12/02/15

Dylan BlignautSHOBROOKE PARK have snapped up Eastern Provincial age-group star Dylan Blignaut for their 2015 Devon League campaign.

Blignaut (19) is an EU Passport holding all-rounder who boasts an impressive career in the game to date.

He earned 58 caps for Grey High School, the number one cricketing school in the country, along with 34 caps for Eastern Provincial age-group sides.

Blignaut has been an automatic selection at every age-group representative side up to, and including the Under-19s.

A tall, well build right-arm seamer, Blignaut topped the wicket charts for Eastern Province during the 2012/13 CSA Under-17 Week – finishing fifth overall with 14 wickets at 10.78.

His success culminated with not only the Eastern Province “Schools Cricketer of the Year” award, but also selection, as captain of the South African Schools 3-Day Squad.

Blignaut finished his school career only 3 matches behind Graeme Pollock’s milestone as the highest capped first team player in the 157-year history of Grey High School (other Old Grey’s include the likes of Dave Callaghan, Johan Botha, Rusty Theron, Wayne Parnell and CricX stable-mate Colin Ackermann).

Over the years, Blignaut has attended many high performance clinics for the top SA juniors hosted by Ray Jennings, Alan Donald and he receives regular correspondence from Gary Kirsten who was his SA team coach.

He has also been a regular guest at Highveld Lions training sessions where Blignaut is held in high regard.

Blignaut finished school last year, then headed to play in England in 2014 for Vauxhall Mallards in the strong East Anglian Premier League.

Whilst he didn't set the world alight (206 runs at 14.71 and 17 wickets at 33.35), he showed plenty of promise in a League widely regarded as one of the strongest ECB Premier competitions in the country.

Despite receiving full bursaries from UCT and NMMU (the top University team in SA), due to politics and the quota system, he has decided to return to Northern shores once more in 2015 and aims to impress in the Devon League for Shobrooke this summer.

 

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