Potgieter: There is always place for an all-rounder
Seam-bowling all-rounders are always a prized possession and Central Gauteng Lions youngster Delano Potgieter is certainly staking a claim for higher honours.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2018-19 season with a few sparkling performances last weekend in the African T20 Cup. Potgieter struck three consecutive half-centuries and claimed a career-best 5/22 against last season’s finalist, Free State, to power Temba Bavuma’s Strikers into the semi-finals this weekend in East London.
Central Gauteng Lions face neighbours North West in Sunday’s first semi-final (9:30am) at Buffalo Park.
“Everything went really well. It was an unbelievable experience. From the toss in the first game everything went in our favour. The team is gelling really nicely and it is allowing guys like myself to play with a lot of freedom,” Potgieter said.
“Obviously the confidence was up after the first game, and the coach also showed that he had faith in me by promoting me up the order, so it really took off from there.”
Potgieter faces a tough challenge to break into the bizhub Highveld Lions franchise team with Proteas all-rounders Dwaine Pretorius and Wiaan Mulder the front runners. But, with Mulder, who is also in this Central Gauteng Lions Africa Cup T20 side, most likely to feature in national coach Ottis Gibson’s plans this season, there could just be an opening for the hard-hitting left-hander if he continues to impress.
“Obviously that is the goals you set for yourself,” Potgieter. “Everyone doesn’t want to stay in the same place all the time. That is why you work hard at training, to continually improve your game and try to take it to the next level.
“I would love to play franchise cricket. There is always place for an all-rounder. But, right now, we have the semi-finals to look forward to and I am fully focused on that,” he added.