The first half of the 2017 season has drawn to a close and at this stage few would dispute the fact that St. Stithians fully deserve to rest at the top of the Belgotex First XI Rankings for this week.
It always carries some interest to see how the future First Teams are faring with their first taste of high school cricket.
As the U15 season draws to a close we are looking at a fairly tight bunching of teams in the top 10 of the Belgotex Top 35 with a few matches still to be played.
After an indifferent start to the season which saw them losing a few matches SACS hit their straps at the KES Tournament winning all their matches and taking home the title. This performance has greatly improved their standing on the SA School Water Polo Rankings for this week.
As the first half of the 2017 season draws to a close St.Stithians are virtually in an untouchable region way out at the top of this week’s Belgotex First XI Top 50 Rankings.
Wynberg enjoyed a brilliant run last week winning all three of their matches and in so doing take up residence in the No.2 spot on this week’s Belgotex First XI Top 50 Rankings.
SACS have hit the front and now lead the Belgotex U15 Rankings after stretching their unbeaten run so far to seven matches.
The St. Stithians machine rumbled on last week to complete another three wins for the season and in so doing remain unbeaten justifying their No.1 position on the First XI Belgotex Top 50 Rankings for this week.
Hilton College with an unbeaten start to their season take the top spot on this week’s U15 Belgotex Rankings but to be fair the top ten teams are very closely bunched with little separating them.
The past week saw St.Stithians cement their place at the top of the Belgotex First XI Top 50 Rankings for yet another week as they stretch their unbeaten run to ten matches for the season.
A strong win by Wynberg over arch rivals Rondebosch has helped them to get back into the Top five of the Belgotex First XI Top 50 Rankings this week.
A fighting 40 from Thamsanqa Khumalo during the Coca Cola Schools T20 Regional Finals against Clifton College at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday, 3 February, set up an eight run win for Glenwood in an exciting but low scoring affair.
Its three wins out of three for Grey College who hit the top of the U15 Belgotex Rankings for this week closely followed by Rondebosch.
There was plenty of movement on the Belgotex First XI Top 50 Rankings this week with several big names coming unstuck causing some shuffling of positions.
Last year there was no stopping St. Stithians who raced to the top of the Belgotex First XI Rankings early and stayed there throughout the year completing a record unbeaten season.
Three years ago an article on a little known 12 year old cricketer living in Zimbabwe read, “…Wesley Madhevere is a name that is likely to set the stage alight in international cricket if the right mentorship and resources are invested in this 12 year old from Chitungwiza.”
The season has hardly begun and already some teams have notched up a dozen matches thanks to the various Independent Schools, Cape Schools, Grey High School and other festivals.