De Bruyn announces end to almost two-decade career
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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Zander de Bruyn today announced his retirement from cricket after 19 years of playing the game professionally.

De Bruyn made his first class debut in the 1995/96 season for Transvaal and has since then played in 242 first class matches, scored 14259 runs and taken 285 wickets. His record in the limited overs format is equally impressive with the same amount of matches, 6085 runs scored at an average of 35.37 including 6 centuries and 37 half centuries, taking 166 wickets over the years. He was also around when the T20 format was introduced and played in 125 matches, scoring 2187 runs at an average of 29.95 and taking 62 wickets in the shortest format.

De Bruyn’s domestic record in the longer format earned him a call up to the South African test side and making in his debut against India at Kanpur in 2004. During his career De Bruyn has also played for Abahani Limited,  Marylebone Cricket Club, Somerset, Surrey, The Unlimited Titans, Chevrolet Warriors and Worcestershire.

“A decision like this is not made overnight and it is something that I have given a lot of thought. I am eternally grateful for the career that I have been able to have in this sport and it is definitely something I am going to miss. The Bidvest Wanderers is an incredibly special place to me and although I have played for other teams, this has always been my home. I consider myself privileged to have been able to finish my career here and am happy to reminisce about the many change room memories and the incredible people I have met along the way. Cricket will always be close to my heart and I look forward to now supporting the boys from the sidelines,” De Bruyn said.

Greg Fredericks, CEO of the bizhub Highveld Lions and Gauteng Cricket Board, commended De Bruyn on an outstanding career. “Having a career that spans over nearly two decades is not something that every cricketer is going to experience in their lives and I take my hat off to Zander for that. He has served Gauteng Cricket loyally and has been a true ambassador of the game. I wish him and his family all the best in the road ahead,” Fredericks said.

Archie Pretorius, Chairman of the bizhub Highveld Lions, thanked De Bruyn for his contribution to the franchise. “All-rounders are not in high supply and someone with Zander’s record has made a massive contribution to the betterment of cricket in totality. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank him for this and wish him all the best,” Pretorius said.


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