Dillon du Preez had one of the more interesting entries into the first-class game when he was forced to bowl for two days for Free State against the West Indies as the tourists amassed 618.
The Port Elizabeth-born fast bowler didn't lose faith, however, picking up 3 for 75 in 29 overs including Shivnarine Chanderpaul as his maiden wicket, bowled for 245. He also scored 56 and took 2 for 34 in the second innings.
Du Preez had moved to Bloemfontein from the Eastern Cape in 1989 and attended a coaching academy run by internationals Corrie van Zyl and Rudolf Steyn. "I was hooked on cricket after that and applied myself more to cricket than my studies," he admits.
An accurate bowler of slightly less than extreme pace, du Preez also contributes useful runs in the lower-order, making his maiden first-class century in 2007-08.
He made his Twenty20 debut playing for the Eagles in 2007.
He signed with Leicestershire as a Kolpak player in 2008 and in the following year he joined the large contingent of South Africans in the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore.
His first class career best figure of 5/47 against Lions in Johannesburg in 2011/2012 and his 20 over career best figure of 3/17 against the Cobras in Paarl.
A trio of half-centuries fuelled the Chevrolet Knights’ hope of clinging on for a draw as David Wiese continued to enjoy an excellent Sunfoil Series outing at SuperSport Park
THE Chevrolet Knights’ decision to recharge their bowling attack at the end of a long season reaped dividends on Friday as the three fresh seamers in their ranks bowled the Chevrolet Warriors out for 145 at Buffalo Park
DILLON du Preez’s four-wicket haul set the Chevrolet Knights up for a bonus-point victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions at Bidvest Wanderers that kept them in touch in the race for play-off positions in the Momentum One-Day Cup.
THE Diamond Oval will be the equivalent of the Last Chance Saloon for the Sunfoil Dolphins on Friday when they attempt to take down the Chevrolet Knights, their closest rivals for a playoff spot in the RAM SLAM T20