Full name Mathew William Pillans
Born July 4, 1991, Pretoria, Transvaal
Current age 26 years 139 days
Major teams Dolphins, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Northerns, Northerns Under-19s, Somerset 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|First-class debut||Northerns v North West at Pretoria, Nov 15-17, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Leicestershire v Gloucestershire at Leicester, Sep 5-8, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||KwaZulu-Natal Inland v North West at Pietermaritzburg, Oct 13, 2013 scorecard|
|Last List A||Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford, Jul 24, 2016 scorecard|
|T20s debut||KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Border at Pietermaritzburg, Jan 19, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Glamorgan v Leicestershire at Cardiff, Aug 23, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5, 2/63, 0||Leics||v Gloucs||Leicester||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|11, 1/67||Leics||v Kent||Canterbury||28 Aug 2017||FC|
|5, 0/18||Leics||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||23 Aug 2017||T20|
|8*, 3/24||Leics||v Notts||Nottingham||18 Aug 2017||T20|
|0/20, 4*||Leics||v Derbyshire||Leicester||17 Aug 2017||T20|
|0/32, 11*||Leics||v Yorkshire||Leicester||12 Aug 2017||T20|
|1*, 1/25||Leics||v Northants||Northampton||11 Aug 2017||T20|
|1/43||Leics||v Lancashire||Leicester||4 Aug 2017||T20|
|2/42||Leics||v Notts||Leicester||2 Aug 2017||T20|
|0, 1/41||Leics||v Derbyshire||Derby||30 Jul 2017||T20|
Dolphins fast bowler Mathew Pillans signed a three-year deal for Surrey in 2016, quickening fears that South Africa was suffering a talent drain because of transformation policies and the greater financial rewards available in English professional cricket. Pillans joined Surrey the day after a former South Africa Under-19 player Conor McKerr also made the trip.
Pillans insisted he had ambitions to play for England even though he would be 31 before he had fulfilled the seven-year residential requirement.
His debut season was strikingly unexcepotional. He played four Championship matches, bowled 93 overs but was still awaiting his first wicket at the season's end. Three wickets in the limited-overs formats were his only reward.
Pillans was schooled in Pretoria and played for the University of Pretoria team before moving to Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2013, when he could not find a regular place at Northerns. He featured sporadically for the Dolphins but played more regularly in the amateur Kwa-Zulu Natal Inland team in 2015/16. He took nine wickets at 26.33 in two first-class games for the Dolphins.
The previous season, it seemed Pillans had earned the right to a more regular place in the franchise team when he finished as the seventh-highest wicket-taker overall in the first-class competition and as the Dolphins' best performing quick. He took 29 wickets at 23.79, which included a ten-for against the Knights. Lance Klusener, coach of Dolphins at the time, described him as a bowler who could "run in all day for you" but he still found himself on the sidelines.