Name - Colin Ackermann
Squad Number - 48
Born - George, South Africa, April 4, 1991
Joined - Leicestershire 2016
Role - Club Captain & right-hand batsman, off-break bowler
Teams Represented – Netherlands, Eastern Province, Warriors, South Africa under 19s
Leicestershire announced the signing of talented top order batsman Colin Ackermann on an initial two-year contract in October 2016, and the South African extended his stay at the Fischer County Ground an extra two years during the 2018 season.
Going into the 2019 campaign, Ackermann had an impressive first-class career record with 7,198 runs scored at an average of 41.08 including 17 centuries.
The batsman had a fine opening two seasons in County Cricket, scoring 618 runs in his debut season, and 876 in his second season in the Specsavers County Championship - including four hundreds across both seasons, as well as an impressive 196* against Middlesex in 2018.
Another of Ackermann’s standout momenst during his time as a Fox came in the opening NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Lancashire in 2017. With two runs required off the final ball, Ackermann hit a six over cover to get the Foxes campaign off to a flyer. He has since showed a cool head under pressure in a number of fixtures.
A former South Africa under-19 international, Ackermann had previous experience in the county of Leicestershire after enjoying a successful season for Kibworth in 2012. Ackermann also played a Second XI match for Leicestershire that year, top-scoring with 73 in a low-scoring match against Northants.
Ackermann's white ball campaign in 2018 was also productive as he boasted an average of 40.85 in the Royal London One-Day Cup with his best score in a match coming in at 71*, as well as an average of 31.18 in the Vitality Blast - his highest score being 74.
The batsman won the Livingston Cup for batting in the First XI, County Championship Player of the Year and the Roger Goadby Fielding Award for the 2018 season.
The 2019 season saw Ackermann hit new heights with bat and ball, moreso with the ball though, as he claimed the world-record for bowling figures in a T20 fixture after taking an incredible 7 for 18 in the victory over Birmingham Bears at the Uptonsteel County Ground.
Already the white-ball captain for the Running Foxes in 2019, this season also saw him become Club Captain following Paul Horton's retirement.
Ackermann's Club Captaincy got off to a perfect start with a victory over Lancashire CCC in the opening Bob Willis Trophy fixture of the season. He led from the front with the bat in the fixture, posting 94 and 73* to get the Running Foxes over the line.
The now, Dutch international, led Leicestershire to the T20 quarter-final for the first time in three years, in what was a groundbreaking season for the young, dynamic squad that Head Coach Paul Nixon had assembled.
A link to Colin Ackermann's career record for Leicestershire is available HERE