|Player Type||All-Rounder (Spin)||Player Role||LH Middle-Order Bat | Slow LA Orthodox Spin|
|Entry Route||Standard Visitor Visa|
|Major Teams||Western Province, Western Province A, Bellville CC 1st XI|
Cricket South Africa Level 2 (UKCC Level 2 Equivalent)
Louis Delport (27) is a left-arm spin bowling all-rounder who was finally rewarded with his first-class debut for Western Province in October 2014. His selection was well overdue after stand-out performers in the WPCA Premier Competition over the past six 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).
The following season, he played in Northern Ireland starring 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. In 2014, he returned to England, this time taking an impressive 75 wickets at 17.72 (alongside 316 runs at 17.55) for Barnoldswick in the Ribblesdale League.
Last summer, he once again starred abroad, finishing amongst the leading run scorers and wicket-takers in the Cornwall Premier League. Playing for Camborne, he scored 491 runs at 32.73 and took 28 wickets at 18.54. His numbers were particularly impressive given his side struggled throughout the season, winning only two league matches and were unfortunately relegated.
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.
Delport is considering a return to the UK for another stint in 2016 and represents a fantastic all-round option, both with his on and off field exploits.
Statistical record last updated 24th October, 2016
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