Sleaford swoop for South African record-breaker - 02/10/15

545a113be374a3610SLEAFORD sign record-breaking all-rounder Obus Pienaar for their 2016 campaign.

Obus Pienaar (25) is a phenomenal cricketer, whose record-breaking exploits have captured the imagination of cricket lovers both at home, in his native South Africa, and abroad during two previous stints in Northern Ireland (2011, 2013).

Pienaar is a genuine all-rounder, averaging 35.57 and 27.19 in first-class and 39.25 and 33.94 in List A with bat and ball espectively. An explosive batsman, tear-away left-arm seamer, useful tweaker and a player who seems destined for international cricket. He has already achieved national honours, playing for the South African Schools, Under-19s, Academy and Emerging Players.

Pienaar currently represents the Chevorlet Knights franchise, where in 2011 he broke the South African domestic record for the quickest double century (212), scored from only 177 balls. A month later, Pienaar re-wrote the record books again, this time breaking AB de Villier’s record (233) for the highest individual score in NCU Premier League history, smashing 244 against CIYMS at The Lawn. His remarkable innings came from only 111 balls containing 22 sixes and 13 fours.

During his maiden season abroad, Pienaar totalled 800 runs in just 10 innings, hitting three centuries and three fifties at an average of 100 (674 runs at 96.29 in the league). He left Waringstown in late July for a South African Emerging Players tour of Australia, but the villagers still went on to clinch a double of NCU Challenge Cup and Bob Kerr Irish Cup.
Pienaar re-signed with Waringstown in 2012, but a long-standing back injury prevented him travelling to Northern Ireland, but he re-paid the club with a return in 2013. He once again produced the goods, striking 501 NCU runs at 62.62 whilst taking 19 wickets at 20.63.

Waringstown skipper Kyle McCallan has placed on record stating “Obus is a wonderful batsman and fine bowler, a popular figure in the dressing room and an excellent role model. He [has] made such an impact in Irish cricket”.

Pienaar struck another big century (166) during the 2013/14 domestic season alongside a first-class bowling average of 28.40. He also averaged 49.25 in the one-day format for Free State, before heading to Holland to play in the Dutch top tier competition - the Topklasse, for Dosti Amsterdam. Unfortunately injury hampered his season, yet the all-rounder still averaged 28.31 and 27.27 with bat and ball respectively for the Topklasse finalists.

Pienaar once again impressed at domestic level for the Knights in 2014/15. He struck 496 runs at 41.33 in the Sunfoil Series (first-class), albeit was used sparingly with the ball, only taking 4 wickets. He was also outstanding in white ball cricket averaging 54.40 and 30.66 in the respective Momentum Cup (List-A) and Ram Slam T20 Challenge (T20).

The talented all-rounder has now signed for Sleaford and hopes to make a massive impact in their 2016 Lincolnshire Premier League campaign.


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