|Player Status||Placed -|
|Player Type||All-Rounder (Spin)||Player Role||LH Middle-Order Bat | Slow LA Orthodox Spin|
|Entry Route||Sports Visitors Visa|
|Major Teams||Western Province A, Bellville CC 1st XI|
Cricket South Africa Level 2 (UKCC Level 2 Equivalent)
Louis Delport (25) is a left-arm spin bowling all-rounder who has been part of the Western Province squad and one of the stand-out performers in the WPCA Premier Competition for the past few years.
In recent times, Delport has firmly established himself as one of the leading spinners Cape Town with season hauls of 50 wickets at 10.80 (2010/11), 57 wickets at 13.28 (2011/12) and 32 wickets at 22.75 (2012/13). He has also shown his all-round ability batting in the middle-lower order with 242 runs at 24.20 (2010/11) and 254 runs at 28.22 (2011/12).
Delport is a hard working, intelligent cricketer and dedicated club man. He is an academic off the field, who is a college lecturer away from the game, but it’s his on field exploits that have put him in contention for higher honours in the game.
The Capetonian played his maiden stint abroad in 2012 for Surrey Championship (Division 2) side Pyrford and was a great success, particularly hitting his straps in the latter half of the season when promoted to open the batting, hitting four half-centuries. He was a stand-out in the league with his left-arm spin taking 36 wickets at 18.86 which saw Delport finish third in the division wicket-charts (behind Pakistani Kurham Irshad and former England spinner Shaun Udal).
Last season, he ventured to Northern Ireland where he starred in Section 1 of the Northern Cricket Union for Carrickfergus. He was again one of the leading performers, striking 614 runs at 36.12 in addition to his 27 wickets at 19. 67.
Delport comes highly recommend by sources in South Africa and his respective Irish and English clubs - the latter endorse his exploits highly, not only courtesy of his on-field success, but his efforts off the field in a coaching and groundsman capacity.
He remains part of the Western Province Provincial squad and with consistent record, home and abroad along with continued success at club level, first-class selection seems imminent. For now thought, Delport is then seeking a return to the UK for another stint in 2014 and represents a fantastic all-round option, both with his on and off field exploits.