Pite gets his chance

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The VKB Knights captain, Pite van Biljon, will get a taste of international cricket after being selected for the South Africa A-team which will face England in a first-class match later in the month. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The VKB Knights captain, Pite van Biljon, has finally received recognition for his exploits for his franchise on the cricket field by being named on the South African A-team which will be playing against England at Willowmoore Park in Benoni from 20 – 22 December.
Van Biljon has the distinction of being the only player to play in back-to-back Mzansi Super League (MSL T20) finals, after playing for the 2018 champions, Jozi Stars, and the 2019 runners-up, Tshwane Spartans.

The 33-year-old batsman impressed in both editions of the MSL T20, where he has been stamping his authority in first-class cricket.
Van Biljon, who has exactly 100 first-class games to his record, is currently the season’s highest run scorer in the 2019/20 Domestic Four Day Series, with a total of 466 runs. The only player better with the bat than Van Biljon after four rounds in the competition, is his Knights’ teammate, Raynard van Tonder with 546 runs.

Van Biljon has achieved a highest score of 218 runs against the Dolphins this season, which is also a career highest. He is currently batting at an average of 60.51 runs per innings.
While the match against England will be counted as a first-class match, he may still feature in the Test series against the English if he is able to impress in Benoni. Director of Cricket in South Africa, Graeme Smith, did indicate that some of the players in the SA A will be drafted up to the Test team.

Morgan Piek
morgan@centralmediagroup.co.za