Reaching a century of appearances at first-class level is not something a lot of cricketers have achieved, but for Hollywoodbets Dolphins star Vaughn van Jaarsveld the dream finally become a reality recently.
VVJ as he is famously known on the field reached the milestone during the Sunfoil Series clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Pietermaritzburg Oval.
The Johannesburg-born left hand batsman made his First-Class debut in 2004 whilst playing for Gauteng against Northerns. According to van Jaarsveld, he has evolved a lot on the field and he credits all of that to his hard work and dedication.
“My life has changed over the last 15 years of professional cricket and I have matured quite a lot,” he stated. “Playing for this wonderful franchise that is steeped in a lot of tradition and with a lot of former players who have played for the Dolphins and went on to represent the Proteas, really means a lot.”
Others may not know, but van Jaarsveld is a committed family man and attributes his success to his wife Carlynne whom he says is his biggest supporter and critic, as well as their three strong boys, as he likes to call them.
“It really means a lot to notch up 100 first-class games, at one stage in my career going back 10 years or so, I never thought I would get there as I was labelled as a ‘one-day player’ only, but with dedication and hard work we can all achieve what we put our minds to,” he added philosophically.
Van Jaarsveld said that his most memorable moment in his career was when he made his debut for the Proteas back in 2009, playing against Australia in a One Day International in Melbourne.
He is a man of many talents as he revealed that he enjoys playing golf whenever he gets the chance to. Van Jaarsveld has accumulated 6495 runs in his first-class matches with a top score of 203, which came recently when the Dolphins played the VKB Knights in Kimberley.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins captain, Morne van Wyk congratulated him and described Jaarsveld as a very dedicated player.
“I think it is fair to say that it is one of the better seasons he has ever had, so it is nice to see him grow.
“Vaughn is a quiet person who likes to keep to himself and just loves batting, you can see that when he has got a bat in his hand he is in a happy place and thoroughly enjoys smacking a couple of balls,” said van Wyk.
With the rigours of professional cricket Van Jaarsveld admits that he tries to balance his life by spending more time with his family when it is possible as they travel a lot during the season.
Van Jaarsveld is currently the leading run scorer in the Sunfoil Series having notched up an impressive 797 runs in 14 innings. He is 64 runs ahead of Khaya Zondo on the overall run scorers list.