VCC is extremely proud to announce that for the 2022 season the club secured the services of brothers, Janneman and Andre Malan as well as Delano Potgieter, bolstering the 1st XI as we continue striving to uplift and enhance the quality of cricket. They all have ample experience playing first-class cricket and will join seasoned campaigner Logan van Beek who will return to Westvliet.
Janneman Malan (25) is a South-African national playing his cricket for the Paarl Rocks, in the Western Cape. By sheer weight of runs, Janneman has established himself as the regular opening batsman for the South African team in ODI’s and has also played a number of T20 Internationals. In the annual ICC Awards in January 2022, Malan was named in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year for the year 2021. He was also named as the ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year.
His older brother Andre Malan (30) plays for South Western Districts and is a right-handed middle-order batsman and medium fast bowler. Andre has had a successful career in South Africa thus far, averaging 38 in first class cricket and has taken 67 wickets in the 57 games he has played. During the past couple of years, Andre played cricket in Belfast, Northern Ireland, adding significant value to the clubs he played for. He was a standout performer in his last two seasons at CSNI where he scored more than 2000 runs. In 2021 he picked up where he left off at his new club, Waringstown, in 2021
Delano Potgieter (25) is a rising talent in South African cricket, playing his trade at the North West Dragons. Delano is an attacking left-hand batsman and right arm fast bowler. Delano’s relationships with a number of players in the club made it a natural fit and he considers learning from the likes of Van Beek and Kingma and adding to the depth of the side and club a huge privilege.
Continuing the relationship with Logan van Beek is a significant positive for the club. Logans’ knowledge, attitude and hunger to perform has certainly added significant value to the entire cricket community, not only at VCC, but his impact in the national side has been instrumental. Van Beek will aim to assist the side in going one step further after the disappointing end to the 1st XI 50 over campaign.
The club is excited to see how these players will perform alongside the rest of the team, especially those who represented the national side at the World Cup in Dubai and New Zealand earlier this year.
Playing coach Tom de Grooth: “VCC is very ambitious and eager to do better year after year. Last year we clearly could improve on the batting front, and the injury of Sybrand was an obvious set-back. With the Malan brothers as replacement and Delano for an impactful role, building on the consistency from Van Beek, we trust we will be able to be competitive this season. Logan clearly will be an asset again with his destructive bowling. But most of all we are convinced that all those players can be instrumental in creating a Topsport environment in matches and during practice sessions. Something also in our talented youngsters will benefit from.”
The VCC squad will be complemented with new comers Musa and Shariz Ahmad, and with the internationals Bas de Leede, Viv Kingma and Philippe Boissevain, wicket keeper Mohit Hingorani, medium pace bowler Ali Qasim and all-rounder Karl Nieuwoudt, and the “golden oldies” Tom de Grooth and Steffen Mulder.