Some of the other batsmen had a more cavalier approach to life and cricket, advancing down the crease and attempting to clear the ground early on during their innings.
Their adventure did not always pay dividends, as they were dismissed cheaply occasionally.
The synthetic wickets were not always perfect, with the ball moving prodigiously off the seam, while variable bounce was another factor.
Sometimes the ball whistled past your head, while some deliveries came at boot lace height. He realized that some wickets would offer inconsistent bounce and he had to be prepared for it.
Engelbrecht did score a 140, a couple of 70’s and two 80’s.
As a bowler, he did not enjoy an easy passage. “The cricketers over there are quite clever, because they know who the overseas professionals are, and they won’t take unnecessary risks and take your bowling on,” he said.
They would rather defend dourly against his off-spin, and attack his colleagues.
Engelbrecht has set his sights on representing the Cape Cobras in every format in the 2015/2016-season.
“All I am hoping for is game time to represent the Cobras to show my value under pressure,” he said.
In the 2014/2015-season, Engelbrecht captured eight wickets in eight Ram Slam T20 Challenge matches with his four for 22 against the Chevrolet Warriors his best performance.
He was also a revelation in the Momentum One Day Cup format, as Engelbrecht scored 225 runs and averaged 37.50, while also taking seven wickets with his two for 49 his best return.
“I was disappointed with my performances in the four-day competition and I hope I can improve,” he added.
Engelbrecht says he counts himself lucky to have two senior players as mentors when batting, as both Andrew Puttick and Justin Kemp will give him honest feedback in this department.
The 2015/2016-season might be a pivotal one for Engelbrecht, who will hope he can reproduce the match-winning performances that made him such an asset to the Cape Cobras at the Champions League T20-tournament in India in September and October 2014.