Matlock Cricket Club vice-chairman Derrick Taylor profiles overseas star Burton de Wett:
THIRTY-YEAR-OLD Burton de Wett only arrived from East London, in South Africa’s Western Cape, on Friday, May 13, to join Matlock CC, yet 16 hours later had scored a confident 99 runs and taken both a catch and his first wicket in helping Matlock achieve a winning draw and demonstrating a striking fitness routine during the between-innings warm up.
Burton can this season be seen playing with Matlock’s first XI in Division One of the Derbyshire County Cricket League as the Club endeavours to achieve its aim of an immediate return to the Derbyshire Premier League.
Primarily a left-hand batsman he also bowls leg breaks and googlies which really spin, is an alert fielder and qualified level two coach, prepared to give lessons at Causeway Lane on request.
He already has hardened to British summers having played professionally for Irvine CC of Scotland ten years ago and later with Heaton CC in the Bolton League.
Last season he was the professional for Nelson CC in the Lancashire League, following in the footsteps of the likes of Learie Constantine (West Indies), Johnny Wardle (England), Kapel Dev (India) and Nathan Horitz (Australia) – the latter a spin bowler in the recent Ashes series.
Last season Burton scored 729 runs at an average of 51.5 and took 15 wickets.
His CV is impressive. He was educated at Selborne College, a sports oriented school in East London SA which offers entry through a Jacques Kallis scholarship. Test player Mark Boucher is another old boy.
He gained entry to the Border Academy (equivalent to the county academies in the UK) and went on to join the country’s National Academy in Johannesburg.
For the past three South African seasons he has played for South Western District, a first class team equivalent to an English county or Australian state side and has played on all the South African test grounds
His ambition is to be a “consistent player and perhaps play franchise cricket again”.
Burton says he misses his four-year-old son Christiano living in Johannesburg and fiancé Arlene Bantham, but combats this with dedication to cricket.
He has already been critical of Matlock’s training methods having been used to three sessions per week, each one specialising in, bowling, batting or fielding.
Now living in Hackney, his first impressions of Matlock are good, “particularly the friendly service I receive when shopping.”
Having now scored 400 runs at an average of 40 and taken 22 wickets at an average of 17 – welcome to the team!