Thame Town has re-signed their South African quick Johan van Dyk for their 2021 Home Counties Premier League campaign.

Free State express…

van Dyk is a promising seam bowling all-rounder playing for Free State in South African domestic cricket.

Whilst he’s had an intermittent career to date, his exploits over the past three seasons have ensured he’s regularly featured in red-ball cricket, in particular.

His recent season tally’s of 12 wickets at 19.91 (2017/18), 18 wickets at 16.38 (2018/19), and 13 wickets at 18.53 (2019/20) takes his overal first-class tally to 54 poles at 18.98 with four 5-wicket bags.

A right-arm seamer and hard-hitting lower-middle order batter, van Dyk made his first-class and T20 debuts for Free State in February 2015, but failed to cement his spot, despite strong performances.

After 4 wickets at 14.75 (2014/15) and 7 wickets at 27.28 (2015/16), he enjoyed more game time in 2016/17 and subsequently cemented his spot since.

Van Dyk has also weighed in with notable contributions with the bat, with a highest first-class score of 58 and an average of 16.46.

From promise to provincial honours

The quick was long regarded as a player of serious promise. He represented Free State through the age-groups and starred in two Coke Weeks, where he averaged 18 (2011/12) and 20.20 (2012/13) with the ball.

In September 2014, he represented South Africa Emerging Players at the Africa Cricket Association Cup before excelling for the University of Free State in the Varsity Competition (December 2014).

He continued to shine for the University in the Red Bull Campus and National Club Championships before his final match in April 2017.

Take two for Thame Town

In a view to continuing his development, he traveled abroad in 2019 to play for Home Counties Premier League side Thame Town.

He enjoyed a productive season taking 35 wickets at 17.74, in what is a strong standard of league cricket.

The South African quick was quick to put pen to paper in order to return to Thame again in 2020.

Unfortunately, COVID struck, putting pay to his season, therefore both parties have deferred the agreement through to the 2021 season.