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Mathew William Pillans

Date of birth: 4th July, 1991
Role: Right-arm fast, right-hand bat
County Cap:
County Debut: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, Sep 4-7, 2018
First Class: Northerns v North West at Pretoria, Nov 15-17, 2012

County Stats (19/20 season)




  • South African-born fast bowler Mathew Pillans has a need for speed.

    It is not the be all and end all for the affable 29-year-old from Pretoria, but he certainly gets a kick out of hurrying a batsman or two.

    Pillans, who also sees reverse swing as a significant weapon, initially joined Yorkshire on loan in late 2018 before a three-year contract began in 2019.

    Upon arriving at Emerald Headingley, he admitted: “It’s one of my goals to be one of the quickest bowlers around, to push 90mph as often as possible.”

    Unfortunately, Pillans has had limited opportunity to show it during his first two years at Emerald Headingley, including the shortened 2020 summer when everybody’s opportunities were curtailed.

    He initially signed for Yorkshire as a local player as a result of holding ancestral visa. However, in 2021, that no longer applies given all of the regulation changes surrounding Brexit. Like compatriot Duanne Olivier, he will be classed as an overseas player.

    Pillans played the first of 42 first-class matches to date in 2012 for Northerns in his homeland. They play in the three-day provincial competition leading into franchise cricket.

    He moved to KwaZulu Natal Inland prior to signing for the Durban based Dolphins, making his four-day debut in March 2014.

    He even broke Olivier’s toe with a yorker when the pair once played against each other.

    Pillans signed for Surrey on a three-year contract ahead of 2016, and impressed with 12 T20 Blast wickets in his final season with them in 2018 before heading North in search of greater opportunities.

    In his first season with Yorkshire, he claimed 16 wickets in seven Royal London one-day Cup games, including a superb 5-29 from 6.3 overs on debut in victory over Leicestershire at Headingley. He was Yorkshire’s leading wicket-taker in the competition, claiming twice as many as any other colleague.

    Pillans has only played two first-class matches for the White Rose to date and has taken 23 wickets in 18 appearances across all formats.