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Big score beckons for Dutch Bulldog

Friday, 21st December, 2018

Dan ter Braak plays a ball into the off-side. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Dan ter Braak plays a ball into the off-side. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By By Tyler Hannigan

It’s rare that Broken Hill has an international sportsperson among their ranks but that’s been the case for the North Cricket Club this season.

Dan ter Braak, a top-order batsman and leg-spinner from the Netherlands, made his A Grade debut for the Bulldogs in round one and has played four games but is yet to really get going with the bat. He’s made three starts in four innings and one gets the feeling that a big score isn’t far away.

It’s not been easy for ter Braak, 27, having come in under a lot of expectation given his international experience for the Netherlands.

He played a pair of ODI’s against Nepal back in August, scoring one and 39, as they drew the two-match series 1-1. Ter Braak played alongside Australian-born Ben Cooper, brother of South Australian batsman Tom Cooper, in those games. 

ter Braak had previously appeared in a First Class game for the Dutch in 2017 against Ireland in which he scored 32 and 23 in a high-scoring draw during the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

“It felt great,” ter Braak said of his international experience. 

“It was a dream to play internationally and to tick it off and test myself against quality opposition was awesome.”

Ter Braak left the Netherlands at the age of five with his family moving to New Zealand where he grew up playing grade cricket for Auckland club Takapuna. Ter Braak was always going to play cricket and follow in his family’s footsteps.

“Takapuna is my one and only NZ club, (I) never left or changed,” ter Braak said.

“I’ve played (cricket) since I was four years old,” he added. 

“My dad loved it and he also played as a semi-professional. He’s Dutch and played in New Zealand, met my mum and the rest is history. 

“My brother played for New Zealand at the Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh. He’s in the Auckland A men’s sides, training with the (Auckland) Aces as a left arm quick. 

“At the moment he’s also studying to be a chiropractor so who knows, he might come out here one day.”

Despite his limited personal success thus far for North, the defending premiers are currently undefeated and ter Braak said that he’s enjoying his time in the blue and white.

“North’s great,” he said.

“They’re a good bunch of lads and the club has a family feel. It’s been great fun and winning always helps.”

“Cricket here is very easy going and obviously country cricket is different cricket to what I’ve played before,” ter Braak added. 

“But there are some good players around here with natural raw talent.” 

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