FINE showings with bat and ball at a recent interprovincial tournament in Port Shepstone have earned Port Elizabeth's Daryn Korkie a berth in the South African u-25 indoor cricket team.
An excited Korkie, 23, leaves for Sri Lanka on Friday where he will be hoping to shine.
"It was the proudest moment of my life to be selected to represent my country and I will be doing my very best," Korkie said yesterday.
The former Alexander Road High School pupil has been playing cricket since the age of seven.
"I never played provincial at outdoor level, but have been playing cricket at Old Grey Cricket Club since I was 13, starting at the lower leagues and working my way up the senior team.
"I started playing indoor cricket a year ago by helping out a team my brother played in.
"There I met a guy named Phil Badenhorst, who also played club cricket at Old Grey and was a current SA u-25 indoor player. EP did not send a side to nationals this year, so to make the SA side Phil had to play for another province, namely KZN North.
"His coach there told him there squad was a player short and asked whether he had anyone in mind to join the team. He recommended me and that's how I got into the KZN North provincial team," Korkie said.
"It was the first time I had made a provincial team for anything. I was just happy to be playing at provincial level and not in my wildest dreams did I even expect anything more than to just enjoy playing at this high level.
"Our team only finished fifth, but my personal performance was good enough to be selected for the team.
"In indoor, everyone has to bat and bowl so obviously my bowling has been my strong point, but my batting has also improved a lot."