What’s next for Cameron Brunner?

Cameron Brunner bowls a fast ball at Cubs week. Photo: Supplied.

Young Cameron Brunner has been selected for the Cricket South Africa (CSA) U17 Invitational XI team.

Brunner’s cricket career has been nothing but one success after another. In 2015 he was selected to play in the U18 World Cup indoor team for South Africa

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In 2016 he made it to the South African U20 indoor cricket team

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Later in 2016, he was chosen to play for the Gauteng Schools U17A team

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He has played five matches so far as a left-arm fast bowler, all of which took place in Stellenbosch as part of an U19 Franchise Tournament. The CSA U17s are invited to take part in this tournament, known as Cubs Week, where the U19 franchise sides participate and compete against each other. “We won two of the five games played,” said Brunner.

“I can’t explain the feeling; it’s incredible to have achieved my biggest goal which is to play cricket for a South African side. I’ve always believed that hard work and absolute dedication to your sport pays off – this is my proof that it does.”

Being 17 years old and a Grade 12 learner at Rand Park High School, the stress of balancing success, school, and sport is a tough task to juggle. Brunner said, “I have tried hard to remain true to who I am… Competition has been tough along the way, but I believe that if you are good at what you do, people realise it without you having to tell them.”

He tries to complete as much work as he can during school, sorry ladies, his evenings are spent doing homework and studying.

Brunner explains that undoubtedly, he owes much to Jimmy Breakey – his 1st team coach at Rand Park. He acknowledged the great support system that he has consisting of his parents, team-mates, his Randburg Cricket Club coach Kurt Human, Gauteng coaches and both his brothers.

His principal Alan Wilke said, “We are very proud of [his] contribution to cricket at our school and his selection to the CSA U17 team…it has been thrilling to watch his development as a cricketer and a person. All credit goes to Cameron for his achievements and for making the most of the opportunities offered by us, complemented by his involvement at club level.”

Brunner advises young cricketers to believe in themselves. His main tips are: put in the time, listen to your coaches and be patient. “Don’t worry too much about the future of your game. If you work hard, the rewards will come your way.”

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