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Player Profile: James Albanie

James Albanie is turning 55 later this year, but you would never say it when you see him bowling – a beautiful, languid, right-arm bowler who still sends it down at a fair rate of knots.

A journeyman cricketer who started his career in the small railway town of Touwsriver, he also represented two Universities – Western Cape and Stellenbosch – obtaining three degrees while doing so.

He has 10 First-Class matches for Boland to his name, taking 24 wickets at an average of 28.12, with best figures of 4/37.

Over and above his skills as a cricketer, Albanie has served as a youth coach, player-coach and chairman at various clubs, and he is still donning his boots every week for Rondebosch and Vikings veterans, and the Scorpions social team.

Nickname: Jimbo

Favourite cricketer: Viv Richards

Favourite delivery: Outswinger nicked off to slips

Toughest batsman bowled to: “Any club guy who just ‘mangs’ you all over. No technique but lots of guts!”

Picture courtesy of Goolam Taliep


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