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Eddie Leie
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Eddie Leie

South Africa|Bowler
Eddie Leie

INTL CAREER: 2015 - 2015

Full Name

Eddie Leie

Born

November 16, 1986, Potchefstroom

Age

34y 180d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Eddie Leie grew up as a medium-pacer in Potchefstroom and turned out to be a legspinner in Johannesburg. Few cricketers have matched their bowling style to their place of residence better.

The sleepy student town of Potchefstroom is the personification of a dibby-dobbly bowler while the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg calls for a more attacking approach. But Leie discovered that by accident. One day, he just decided to try turning the ball and when it actually spun, he was surprised. He kept at it even as he moved cities to pursue tertiary studies and its success soon saw him picked for provincial sides.

Leie was part of the Lions' franchise academy and made his first-class debut in 2005 but competition from other spinners kept him on the fringes of the squad. In five years, he played just three first-class games before establishing himself regularly, albeit mostly in the amateur team. He made his Lions debut in October 2011 in first-class cricket and only began playing for the limited-overs sides two years later.

When he did play, Leie was as effective at containing as he was in taking wickets and the combination of economical bowling, with enough variations to make a threat, got him noticed. In his arsenal is the googly and the flipper, which he honed through watching YouTube videos of Danish Kaneria, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble.

After a standout twenty-over competition in the 2014-15 summer - Leie was the joint second-highest wicket-taker and had the lowest economy rate among the top 15 - he was awarded a High Performance Contract by CSA. He also impressed Darren Sammy, who captained the Titans that season, and told Leie to put his name in the Caribbean Premier League auction. Leie was contracted by Sammy's team, the St Lucia Zouks, for the 2015 season, a stint that was interrupted by his maiden international call-up. Leie was included in South Africa's T20 squad to tour Bangladesh in July 2015.
Firdose Moonda, July 2015

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
T20I22364843/163/1612.008.009.00000
FC721067467272276/5029.633.7847.0013111
List A8133192963995/305/3029.925.3533.50510
T20777314821814735/155/1524.847.3420.30210
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
T20I2-------------
FC7279285645811.05116848.2801753200
List A814323194189.6934456.3900153110
T207718113210*4.574669.560040140
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Eddie Leie is ecstatic after dismissing Tom Latham
Eddie Leie picked up three wickets on his debut
Legspinner Eddie Leie celebrates a wicket
Eddie Leie picked up 2 for 25
Eddie Leie
Eddie Leie delivers the ball