Potterne is delighted to announce the signing of in-form South African batter Tshepang Dithole for their 2024 West of England Premier League campaign.

Tshepang Dithole is in the form of his life having dominated the run charts for both KwaZulu-Natal Tuskers and more recently the Dolphins in South Africa’s 4-Day Series.

In 2021/22, Dithole was the Tusker’s “Best Batter” and “Players Player of the Year” having topped the province’s run charts and finishing amongst the leading domestic run scorers (335 runs at 83.75, including a career-best 162).

After a relatively lean 2022/23 season for the Tuskers, he has returned to domestic cricket with a bang this summer, hitting 146 in the CSA 4-Day Series opener, and currently sits on 418 runs at 52.25 after 5 rounds.

Courtesy of his exploits over the years for the Dolphins and KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Dithole earned selection for the National Academy and South Africa Emerging Players in 2016. The wicket-keeper batter played 6 matches for the latter in July/August and he’s hoping this experience will push him towards higher honours in future.

An explosive opening batter and wicket-keeper by trade, “Alvin” as he’s known began his journey with Gauteng with whom he represented through the age groups. He also starred for Border Country culminating with South African Rural selection. Alvin finished third on Gauteng’s run charts (152 runs at 38) behind Quinton de Kock (South Africa) and Shaylen Pillay (Lions) during the CSA Under-19 Three-Day Competition in November/December 2010. He then topped Gauteng’s aggregates during the National Under-17 tournament in the same month.

He played a second year for the Gauteng Under-19’s in December 2011, before an outstanding CSA Rural tournament in 2012/13, topping the run charts for Border Country including scores of 116 from 107 (vs. Border Alloes), 62 from 71 (vs. Border Village) and 125 from 122 (vs. Eastern Province Midlands) in succession.

After a couple of lean seasons, Dithole has come into his own in first-class cricket over the past few summers, hitting 411 runs at 27.40 (2017/18), 329 runs at 27.41 (2018/19), 391 runs at 32.88 (2019/20), 470 runs at 47 (2020/21), 335 runs at 83.75 (2021/22), 117 runs at 16.71 (2022/23), and 418 runs at 52.25 in the current 2023/24 season.

Alvin is a fantastic talent, who whilst known for his destructive batting, is also a front-line keeper and useful off-spinner.

He spent a successful UK summer in 2022 playing for Durham powerhouse South Northumberland. Whilst he didn’t score the volume of runs he’s capable of (389 runs at 29.92), he was part of a winning North East Premier League campaign.

The Dolphins star is now set to embark on another UK stint in 2024 where he hopes to avenge his South North numbers having signed with West of England Premier League powerhouse Potterne.