Vandiar joins Coetsee at HCC - 10/02/15

Jonathan VandiarJONATHAN VANDIAR has joined former Lions team-mate Werner Coetsee at Dutch club HCC for the 2015 season.

Vandiar (24) is an explosive left-hand batsman playing for the Nashua Dolphins and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

A prolific run-scorer, Vandiar boasts a tremendous domestic record over his 165 matches to date. He has 9 centuries and neigh on 6,000 runs across all formats.

He has particularly excelled in first-class cricket with 3,423 runs at 35.65 – the majority of these runs at Franchise level for the Dolphins (646 runs at 29.36) and Lions (1,637 runs at 33.40).

After two dominant seasons at first-class level, where he averaged 51.83 (2008/09) and 39.00 (2009/10), he was rewarded with a South African A call-up in May 2010.

Vandiar enjoyed success in his 9 outings for the A side during the next 18 months, with the highlight a 57-ball 60 in a 123-run opening partnership with Jacques Rudolph against a star-studded Australian A attack comprising Trent Copeland, Mitchell Starc, John Hastings, Mitch Marsh and Nathan Lyon.

However, he suffered a dip in form in 2010/11 averaging 18.16 over 13 first-class innings and hasn’t featured for the ‘A’ side since.

Nevertheless, over the past three seasons he’s become one of the most consistent and reliable performers on the domestic circuit for the Lions. In 2011/12 he struck 523 runs at 32.68, another 624 runs at 39 in 2012/13 and a barnstorming 2013/14 season with 530 runs at 58.88 including two bumper centuries.

Vandiar is hoping he’ll get back on the national radar and is eager to impress for HCC whilst abroad in 2015.

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