Carrickfergus Cricket Club have praised South African star AB De Villiers who is on the cusp of making his 100th appearance for his country.
De Villiers featured for the local Northern Cricket Union outfit as a 20-year-old, back in 2004. He made his debut against Belfast Harlequins and went down in local cricketing folklore when he smashed a magnificent 233 not-out against Cliftonville at Middle Road.
A signed shirt and a framed photograph of him, taken by the Carrick Times, still adorn the walls of Carrick’s clubhouse.
De Villiers is expected to complete a century of appearances in this weekend’s second test match against India in Bangalore.
A message on the club’s Facebook page reads: “He will become the seventh South African to reach 100 caps and currently his average in tests of 51.2 is only behind (Jacques) Kallis. He has become pure box office in all three formats of the game and is considered to be the man who is changing the way the sport is played.
“AB has come a long way since he literally jumped off a plane to make his Carrickfergus debut. On reaching 100 caps for his country, congratulations to AB De Villiers from everyone at Carrickfergus Cricket Club.”