#7 Hardus Viljoen - Bowler

Bat: Right-handed
Bowling: Right-arm fast
Birth Place: Witbank, South Africa

High score: 72
Best bowling figures:
8-90 (vs Sussex 2017)

Date of Birth: 06/03/1989 (29 years old)


Charging in at a height of 6ft 4in, the fast bowler has an appetite for pace which was on display for all to see in his first year with the Club in 2017.

After signing a three year deal, keeping him at The 3aaa County Ground until end of 2019, he signed off the 2017 season with one of the best displays of pace bowling ever seen in a Derbyshire shirt.

He became the first Derbyshire player to take 15 wickets in a match since Cliff Gladwin in 1952 when he returned career-best match figures of 15-170 versus Sussex in September.

He took 7-80 and 8-90 in Derbyshire’s 45-run win to produce the fifth best match analysis by a Derbyshire bowler ever and the best figures ever at Hove.

It concluded a season which was delayed due to injury, but he certainly showed the Derbyshire Members what he is capable of.

The right-arm seamer has enjoyed a fruitful domestic career that has spanned nine years and one Test match, and he joined Derbyshire after a previous spell in county cricket in 2016 at Kent.

Hardus featured in four matches for the Canterbury-based side and marked his debut with a five-wicket haul. He finished with impressive stats of 20 wickets at an average of just 19.

He then returned to South Africa, where he plays for the Bizhub Highveld Lions – a club which he has represented since 2012. Prior to joining the Lions, Viljoen played for the Titans and Easterns. His domestic efforts have garnered over 400 first-class wickets at an average of 26.

An all-format player, Hardus has enjoyed domestic success in the white-ball arena, having won the RamSlam T20 competition with the Lions in 2013. He has since accumulated 55 wickets in the shortest format, across 48 matches, at an average of 23.56. He has also taken 103 List A wickets in 71 outings.

His real breakthrough year was in 2015 when he claimed 47 wickets in the Sunfoil Series, the most by any bowler in the four-day competition, and helped the Lions win the series. Furthermore, his performances in red ball cricket was rewarded with a Test debut against England in January 2016.

Dispatching deliveries at 90mph on his home ground, The Wanderers, Hardus struck with immediate impetus – dismissing England Captain Alastair Cook with his very first delivery in international cricket – one of only 20 bowlers to achieve such a feat.

He has since played for South Africa A in Zimbabwe, as well as a Triangular series against Australia A and India A.