Van Zyl makes second double ton of the season at the weekend
The legend that is Wian Van Zyl continues to grow by the week in the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s Premier Division.
The South African recruit plundered his second double ton of the season at the weekend.
Cobram-Yarroweyah United was powerless to stop one of the most in-form batsmen in the region, as he took apart the bowling attack on his way to a sparkling 210 runs.
United won the toss and sent the Tigers in, but that only served to prolong the Van Zyl show at Scott Oval.
Van Zyl’s remarkable innings overshadowed a brilliant knock from teen star Izac Artavilla (76), while Ewald Roberts (42 not out) and Lewis McShane (24 not out) finished with a flurry to steer the Tigers to a massive 2-368 from 45 overs.
The total was never in danger of being chased down as United crumbled under the weight of the required run rate, with only Kyle Johnstone (17) and Richmann (15) reaching double figures.
Not content with his big total with the bat, Van Zyl rolled the arm over to snare 2-10 from four overs, giving him seven wickets at 10.1 for the year.
Cobram Cricket Club president Paul Hyde labelled Van Zyl’s impact since joining the Tigers at the start of the season as ‘‘unbelievable’’ and believed such was his quality, he was drawing more locals to the cricket on a Saturday.
‘‘While the fact he is making a lot of runs is probably the main focus, what his performances seem to have done is generate a lot of interest around the town and a lot of interest in cricket again,’’ he said.
‘‘There was a pretty good crowd there on the weekend to come and watch him play.
‘‘People are starting to talk about him and people from the club have even been stopped in the street and asked how many runs he made this week.’’
The president said despite the star’s instant success, he had remained incredibly humble.
‘‘The thing that stands out about him is that he does it with such ease but he’s so humble and he takes it all in his stride, he just goes about his business,’’ he said.
Hyde said while Van Zyl might not be the most textbook batsman he had seen in MVCA cricket, he would go close to the most exciting.
‘‘I’ve seen more technical batsmen, but in terms of power and timing, there’s not many around like him. He’s got extremely strong forearms and hits the ball very hard and a long way,’’ he said.
No matter how many more runs he makes, Van Zyl’s season will fondly be remembered as being extraordinary and Hyde knows the offers will soon come for the club’s most prized asset.
‘‘We got lucky this year in getting him and obviously he’s going to be on the radar for other clubs next year, but we’re hoping to keep him for next year as well. He could play district level cricket in Australia I believe,’’ he said.
In other matches, Deniliquin opened the door for Cobram to snare top spot after a batting collapse allowed Katamatite to claim victory at Memorial Park.
The Tigers made their way to 170 after being sent in to bat, with Andrew Erickson (49) doing the bulk of the scoring.
The Rhinos could only manage 102 in reply, with opener Ash Germano (38) leading the way.
As the scores suggested it was certainly a day for bowlers as first Deniliquin’s Anthony Bradley (4-29), Dylan Rotherham (3-42) and Brodie Bennett (2-36) did plenty of damage and then Katamatite’s Colin Watson (4-31), Tom Pendlebury (3-28) and Sam Gordon (2-4) joined in the fun.
Barooga also climbed the ladder after round six thanks to a stirring knock from Trent Batchelor.
The opener carried his bat through the Hawks’ innings, making 141 not out from 156 deliveries to help his side to 4-263 against Tocumwal. Amar Ullah (3-21), Riley Gow (2-17) and Zeke Bunge (2-26) then led the way with the ball as Barooga dismissed the Bloods for 133.
Matt Wilson (2-55), Reilly Rennick (48) and Jesse Barker (31) were Tocumwal’s best performers.
Van Zyl-liant: Cobram’s Wian Van Zyl was in brilliant form again at the weekend, hitting 210 runs and taking 2-10 from four overs.
Battle: Dylan Langshaw of Cobram-Yarroweyah United sends down a delivery to Cobram Cricket Club’s double centurion Wian Van Zyl at the weekend.