• Proteas batsman blasts club bowlers

    Matthew Breetzke smashed a double-century for Old Grey Cricket Club in a 50-over EP Premier League match against Despatch Cricket Club.

    The 25-year-old EP Warriors batsman, who made his T20I debut for the Proteas against Australia in September, scored 274 off 123 balls, including 31 fours and 18 sixes, as Old Grey posted 490-5.

    They then bowled Despatch out for 287 to win by 204 runs.

    “It was a special innings,” Breetzke told The Herald. “I started off quite slowly. I can’t really say what triggered it after the start I had. I hit a few boundaries and that seemed to have flipped a switch and then I just got on a roll, went into the zone and I just couldn’t stop.

    “I can’t pinpoint one specific thing that caused the mindset shift. I hit a few boundaries and I never turned back after that, I was in boundary mode and I wanted to hit every ball to the fence.

    “At the same time, I was so clear in what I wanted to do. If the ball wasn’t there to hit for a boundary, I was still able to turn over the strike and get off strike.

    “Obviously this is a great confidence boost. More importantly, to be able to go out there and find that enjoyment for the game again.

    “Sometimes we as professionals lose that, but going back to play club cricket you find that love for the game again and that is massive.”

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