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Welcome to the future of SA cricket – the departing biltong brigade

Considering the sorry state of the local game, journeys like Cameron Delport’s will become commonplace

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The first centurion of this year’s men’s county T20 competition was born in Durban on May 12 1989, played for KwaZulu-Natal’s junior teams and made his first-class debut for them, and duly graduated to the Dolphins.

Not quite two weeks before his 18th birthday he was part of a team that included Nick Compton, Eoin Morgan and Steve Smith. Their opponents featured Matthew Kleinveldt – Rory’s cousin – and Mervyn Westfield – who, three years later, would be arrested and then released in a police probe into betting irregularities.

The match was at Chelmsford, and pitted the Essex and Sussex second XIs against the Kent and Middlesex second XIs...

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