Stenhousemuir cricket pro nears landmark achievement

Rushdie Jappie needs to score 106 runs in his final five matches for Stenhousemuir to make a career-total of 1000 at the Tryst club

Rushdie Jappie needs to score 106 runs in his final five matches for Stenhousemuir to make a career-total of 1000 at the Tryst club

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Stenhousemuir cricket professional Rushdie Jappie has enjoyed his best summer yet of his three years on the crease at The Tryst.

And he could call it a grand old summer soon.

Jappie, to date, has scored 894 runs, with five matches to go, and hoping to reach four-figures - and it’s all thanks to the weather.

“It’s been the best summer of my three years here, which means more cricket. Team-wise and personally, it’s been good.

“The wickets have been harder, so better to bat on, and the team has become a bit more batting friendly. It has helped us win games.

“I’m not worried about 1000 runs or personal achievements, if the team wins I’m happy.”

He was pleased at the weekend when they went to Poloc and won to go second in the league.

“You can see on the field the players are getting more belief, and with that comes confidence, and that leads to improvements at training and then better games. It all contributes to doing a good job.

“There’s more core players now in my third season, than there were when I joined.

“These guys have developed and become core players for the team in year one and stayed on and we’ve added more to that important core in year two and three while the others have continued to improve so the additional players are constantly making the team stronger.”

The win column also indicates a progression from when the 27-year-old South African joined in 2011 to this year, improving from a season total of four to seven so far this term.

Jappie has been aided by overseas amateur Tim Doonan, and the pair share a flat in Stenhousemuir.

“This feels pretty much like my home now. I enjoy the club. I’m always happy to come back and actions speak louder than words - when results are good, you’re happy.

“Tim wants to be a professional cricket player. He is mature for a 20-year-old and with him, I’m working less.

“We’re still putting the training in, but we’re working smarter than in previous years. He just needs tweaks to his game, because he’s not far off a professional standard.”