Player Profile: Nicholas Pentz

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The Coca-Cola Schools’ T20 Challenge is upon us and SSN have identified key players from each of the six teams. We profile Westville star Nicholas Pentz.

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Nick Pentz smashes the ball to the boundary.

Pentz is an important cog in the Westville cricket machine that has been very impressive for the past few years. His ability with both bat and ball keeps in in the game at all times.

The tall all-rounder is an aggressive cricketer and has the kind of fighting spirit that makes him invaluable in a tyeam environment.

On a lighter note, Pentz is somewhat of a character and his long list of superstitions and rituals while batting might make even Neil McKenzie shake his head in disbelief!

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Timmy Hancox caught up with Nick…

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Pentz powerfully clubs the ball over the covers.

Full Name: Nicholas Pentz
Date of Birth: 28/01/1995
Birth city: Richards bay
Height: 191cm
Weight: 90kg
Playing Role: All-rounder
Batting Style: Right hand
Bowling Style: Right arm fast medium
Nick name: Pentzil
Highest Score: 155
Best bowling figures: 5/45

How would you describe yourself as a cricketer?

Aggresive, and competitive I never like losing, always give 120%

How have you enjoyed the Coca-Cola Schools T20 so far?

Really enjoyed it been a great experience

Do you think your game is suited to T20 cricket?

Yes, it definatly is. My game is to be attacking and look to go after bowlers, and with the bowling side to be aggresive and look to take wickets upfront, and then look to restrict at the end.

What are the best and worst things about playing T20 cricket?

The worst when your openers put on a 120 run opening partnership in 18 overs sitting on the side line getting pad rash, and the best before you go in and coach says you have liscense!!!!makes my day!!!!

What is your favourite cricket memory?

Winning the Provincial T20 two years running

What cricket ambitions do you have for the future?

To make my province’s academy after school, and my dream and goal is the 2014 u19 world cup.

Who are your sporting role models?

For batting has to be Faf du Plessis, for bowling Dale Steyn and to sum it all up with the ultimate legend Jacques Kallis is my all time hero.

What other sports to you play besides cricket, and how have you fared at those?

Rugby and golf, rugby I am currently in the Westville 1st team squad working hard at that.

What do you like to do away from the cricket field?

Gym, spending time with family and getting out with mates.

Do you have any rituals before a match or superstitions?

Yes, I have to pad up in one particular way, always say work hard to whoever I am batting with between every over, always tap my bat on the crease three times after every over, after every three balls I have to mark my crease three times, I hit my bat three times on the ground before the bowler bowls the ball.

When you go on tour what is the first thing you pack in your suitcase?

Cellphone charger and my latest one is now my ID.

What’s the funniest things that you’ve seen on the cricket field?

I was fielding during a club game, I dived to stop the ball, didnt relise my pants where at  my ankles, got up and threw the ball in and then only realised my pants where down.

If you were a superhero what power would you want to have?

Wolverine with his silver spikes through his knuckles.

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Pentz’s dream girl… Mila Kunis

You are stranded on an island! You are allowed to bring two people and three other random items of your choice… who and what would you take along?

Mila Kunis. That’s all I need!!!!

Favourite:

Food – Kauai chicken wrap
Music – Drum and bass
Movie – Never back down
TV Show – Hawaii five-0
Book –  n/a
Sportsman – Jacques Kallis
Sports team – Springboks
Quote – ”Never give up on something you canno t go a day without thinking about”