Tim Gruijters to rejoin Quick Haag for 2012 season
Topklasse club Quick Haag has announced that Dutch international allrounder Tim Gruijters will return to the Netherlands and turn out for them next season.
Still just 20 years old, Gruijters is a former Dutch under-19 captain, and has played for Walmley in the Birmingham and District League for the past three seasons. He has appeared eight times in List A matches for the Netherlands, making his debut against Kenya in Nairobi in February 2010.
Gruijters’ career seemed to be in doubt two years ago, when a severe back condition threatened to force him out of the game. But he has fought back with enormous courage, converting himself in the process from a seamer to an off-spinner.
He bowled well in the ODIs against Kenya at the end of last season, and demonstrated when playing for Netherlands A in the Continental T20 tournament earlier in the summer that he can be a force with the bat in the shortest form of the game. He is in the Dutch squad for next month’s Calypso Cup competition in Trinidad and Barbados.
In addition to appearing for Walmley, Gruijters played nine times for the Warwickshire Under-19s, and was also included in the Warwickshire Second XI for one match in 2010.
Gruijters last played for Quick in the play-off matches against HBS Den Haag at the start of the 2011 season, taking five for 19 in the decisive second game of the series. Prior to moving to England he had played just two league matches for the club as a 15-year-old, but it is as a mature and greatly-improved player that he will return to the side.
In all he made 895 runs for Walmley in 28 League and other one-day appearances, 732 of them in 2011 at an average of 40.67. He passed 50 five times, with his highest score 142 against Smethwick in the ECB National Club Championship.
He had much more limited opportunities with the ball, but ended on a high by taking six for 32 against Bromsgrove in what has proved to be his penultimate game for the Birmingham League club, one of his victims on that occasion being his Dutch team-mate Alexei Kervezee.
In returning to the Quick Haag side he will join his younger brother James, who has at the age of 18 become a regular player, with 39 top flight games behind him.
Tim will also be part of Quick’s coaching staff, and will be partly responsible for promoting the club’s youth policy as well as exemplifying it in his own performances. Quick has an established determination to rely as far as possible on the club’s own resources, and the Gruijters brothers are part of a promising group of younger players, who won both the KNCB Under-18 competition and the Flamingo Youth tournament last season.