Cricket: Heinrich Klaasen adds extra dimension to Lisburn

Darryl Brown.
Darryl Brown.

NCU Premier League club Lisburn have signed a leading young South African franchise batsman as their overseas player/coach for the​ ​2016 season.

Heinrich Klaasen (24) represents the Titans franchise and boasts a formidable batting average of 53.38 and a highest score of 201.

In addition he is an accomplished wicketkeeper and off spinner.

Klaasen replace​s​ Darryl Brown who leaves Wallace Park after four seasons.

After a hugely impressive 2014/15 season Klaasen was chosen to lead the South African​ ​Emerging Players tour to Sri Lanka.

It was a highly successful tour for Klaasen​ ​and he underlined his class with ​two ​fifties and a brilliant century against the​ ​Sri Lankan Emerging team, carving out 136 off just 125 balls with 19 fours and​ ​one six. His fine form has continued into the start of this years South African​ ​domestic season with a match winning 72 of just 39 balls for Northerns as they​ ​recently clinched the African T20 Cup.

Gary Hunt of Cric-Intro added​: ​“congratulations to Lisburn, they have secured a gun cricketer and a great​ ​lad​.”​

A Lisburn CC spokesman said​: “W​e are delighted that Heinrich has agreed to join us as we build towards next season. Darryl Brown did a great job, however, after ​four​ years we decided that it was time to freshen things up.”

​“​The​ ​Premier League is now hugely competitive and a top professional is a priority.​ ​We hope Heinrich has a successful and enjoyable season.”