Meet talented Mitchel van Buuran, the 22-year-old batter born in Johannesburg and has represented Central Gauteng Lions at Junior and senior provincial level.

Van Buuran made his First-Class debut in 2017 for cross town union, Northerns in the CSA Three Day Challenge. The 22-year-old made his List-A and T20 debuts a year later in 2018 for the same union.

The batting all-rounder made a move back to the Central Gauteng Lions (CGL) in November 2018 a union he represented for various youth provincial teams including U17 and U19 sides.  His senior provincial move back to CGL was initially on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2018/2019 season before making the permanent move ahead of the 2019/2020 season for the Central Gauteng Lions Senior Provincial team.

Van Buuran has produced some fine performances for the Central Gauteng Lions particularly in the List-A (50 over) format where he averages a staggering 65.20, which includes a high score of 200 scored on CGL debut against Western Province in 2019.

The talented batter has earned himself a semi-professional contract for the 2020/2021 season and will be looking to keep attracting the interest of the Imperial Lions franchise selectors with constant performances for the Central Gauteng Lions Union.

The batsman spoke candidly when quizzed about his targets for the upcoming season,

“My goal is to break into the Lions team and maintain the same standard of performances. I am targeting six centuries across all formats next season and working on my fielding which is something I take pride in. The CGL team environment is great, we all get along nicely and it carries onto the field.”  Mitch van Buuran concluded

Major teams:

Central Gauteng Lions U11, U12, U13, U17, U19, Northerns, Central Gauteng Lions

Playing style:

Top-order batsman

Batting style, Right-hand bat

Bowling style, Leg break googly

Batting Averages

Format matches innings Not Outs Runs Highest Score Avg S/R 50’s 100’s
1st Class 2017- 11 17 1 521 120 32.56 56.63 4 1
List A 2017- 15 14 4 652 200 65.20 96.02 4 1
T20 2018- 7 6 1 147 46 29.40 131.25 0 0

Bowling averages

Format matches innings Balls Runs Wickets BB Econ Avg S/R 4 Wkts 5 wkts
1st Class 2018- 11 12 272 225 2 1/13 4.96 112.50 136.0 0 0
List A 2018- 15 6 144 141 4 2/20 5.87 36.0 0 0
T20 2019- 7