Carrickfergus professional Jacques Snyman has caught the eye as he scored runs on each occasion he was asked to against the England tourists.

First match of the tour in December was a South Africa Invitational XI preceding the Test series.
Billed as a 2-day fixture the game was effectively a day’s batting for each side with no attempt to force a result.

Opening the innings Snyman hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in a 78-ball knock of 79 as the hosts made 289 in reply to the tourists 301 for 4 declared.

Another two appearances were to follow, again for a South Africa Invitational XI this time preceding the ODI and T20 matches.

In the first of these England scored 240 with the home side managing only 163 in reply.
Snyman’s contribution 65 off 67 with (6x4, 2x6).

The third game was somewhat contrived if the scorecard is anything to go by. England batted first and totalled 346/7.
Rain caused a delay and with the home side’s innings reduced to 30 overs they were set a target of 188.

Snyman again opening scored 29 off 29 balls before falling to a Woakes catch off Jordan.

The home side then slumped to 118/6 as Matt Parkinson claimed three wickets in the 23rd over.

Cue the re-emergence of Snyman!! Whether this was at the request of England who wished to ensure their bowlers were tested for the full thirty overs or a South African request for a further look at Snyman we may never know.

But whatever the reason the target stood at 70 off 42 and those who have seen Snyman in action at Carrickfergus could have predicted what would happen next….

Carrick colleague Ryan Eagleson is in no doubt about Snyman’s pedigree saying, “This guy is a serious player, he could take anyone apart!”

And so it proved as an over from Saqib Mahmood went: 6-6-4-4-2-0 and the game had turned.

He hit 38 off 16 to aggregate 67 off 45 in the game (8x4, 3x6).
Talking to CricketEurope Snyman said:

“I was delighted to get the chance and obviously pleased with my performances against a top side like England.

“Of course It gives me confidence to know I can compete at that level not just in a one-off innings.

“Hopefully I’ve shown a little of what I can do and kept my name in the mix for further selection in the future and will have no fears if that call comes.”

Runs in each of his outings against England is all that he could have asked for and indeed was all that could have been asked of him.

They could not have come at a better time for him as South African cricket faces up to disappointing performances in recent times.