UP CLOSE WITH…Albert van der Merwe

Albert van der Merwe played in nine ODI’s for Ireland, with his debut coming against the Netherlands in July 2010.

The 39-year-old is now head coach of the Leinster Lightning, where he has won five trophies, including the 2017 Inter-Provincial Championship.

Here, he reveals the best player he played with and against, favourite ground and much more.

First cricket memory?

Tagging along to the primary school with my dad around 5 or 6 years of age. He was a teacher and did some coaching at the school. Test matches in the garden with my brother Martin.

Highest ever score?

123 not out (The Hills CC v Leinster CC)

Best figures?

11/68 Ireland v Kenya in the ICup (5/41 and 6/27)

Best player you’ve played with?

Toss-up between Davy Jacobs and Paul Stirling

Best player you’ve played against?

AB de Villiers

Best piece of advice you’ve ever got?

If you are going to panic… panic slowly.

Favourite match you’ve been involved in?

If carrying drinks constitutes involvement then definitely the Ireland v England World Cup 2011 in Bangalore. Special memories.

Favourite sport except cricket?

Golf

Favourite ground? 

Newlands, Cape Town

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