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Tuesday, 08 September 2009 19:10

KZN Kick Starts the Cricket Season

The end to a typically eventful schoolboy rugby season means the dusting off of cricket whites and the courteous carnage of modern-day cricket. Of course, the nature of the KZN climate means that many a summer's morning is spent with pitch covering taking preference over play. However, the recent pattern of affording relatively recent matriculants an opportunity in the Dolphins' squad suggests that not only is KZN schoolboy cricket incredibly competitive, but a visit to your nearest oval will likely bring forth action of a provincial standard.

Whilst both Kearsney and St. Charles are up in Joburg for the Sahara Twenty20 at St. David's, there are a few mouth-watering local prospects for the upcoming weekend

Westville v Hilton

09:30-17:30 @ Westville

 

Westville have seemingly become the factory where future Dolphins are developed. Names such as Cameron Delport and Khaya Zondo suggest that the success of the First XI rivals that of their impressive rugby and soccer programmes.They are however currently struggling with injury concerns, including captain Tim Spence currently feeling the effects of a knee injury, as well as Sachin Reddy fracturing his thumb.

Former Dolphins' opening batsman Doug Watson is of the opinion that much of the squad has the ability to move onto higher honours and is confident that a few boys will convert the promise shown in the first term.

A player to watch is Nabeel Bhayla, who has been a consistent performer with the bat.

With seemingly endless depth, one would be forgiven for thinking that Hilton have a tough day ahead of them. However they did claim the scalps of Kearsney and Grey Bloem in the 1st term and no day of cricket is a formality (just ask Australia how they found the Ashes).

 

With the Sharks out of town and the weather becoming more conducive to leaving the house, heading to Wandsbeck Road would be worthwhile entertainment.

 

Clifton v Northwood

The relative new boys in terms of high school sport, the ever-exciting Clifton will be looking to continue their climb up the ladder when they face the boys from Durban North.

Glenwood v Michaelhouse

The fight for supremacy doesn't end when the rugby posts are taken down. Expect fireworks between two schools whose recent competitive streak transcends a range of sporting codes.

After a five month wait, there is no doubt that the boys will be raring to go (particularly those in their final season of schoolboy cricket). The opening rounds of any season routinely bring exciting results. Expect the combined influence of pre-season twenty20 and passionate school spirit to not only produce high scoring contests, but also a possible upset or two.

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Wednesday, 02 September 2009 07:22

Dean Pengelly- College Cricket Captain

With the cricket season about to start we will be giving our full attention to the sport and profiling the various players and coaches from the top cricketing schools. To start this off we take a look at the Maritzburg College all rounder Dean Pengelly and hear from the man himself as to what direction he would like to see his team heading and his goals for playing the sport after school.

Friday, 20 March 2009 15:28

Cameron Delport - Westville Cricketer

cameron delportAt times the avid cricket fan may look at the national side and wonder if South Africa has any talent in its junior ranks to one day replace the current players who represent the country at the highest level. It is pleasing to know though that there is a crop of young cricketers who in a short space of time may very well be emulating the Graeme Smiths’ or even the Kevin Pietersens’ of the cricketing world.

doug watson

Boasting 14 years of experience gained in over 130 first class matches, Doug Watson has established himself as one of South Africa’s most respected and enduring cricketers over the years. Realising that there is no substituent for experience Westville Boy’s High have enlisted the Dolphins stalwart to coach their First XI for the coming seasons and School Sport- The Magazine spoke to Doug about this new challenge of honing the skills of Westville’s aspiring cricketers.

Friday, 10 July 2009 10:40

Kevin Pietersen Exclusive Interview

Maritzburg College has positioned itself at the top rung of school sports in KwaZulu-Natal for decades and continues to provide sportsmen of the highest caliber. Old Collegians such as Rugby World Cup winners Joel Stransky and Butch James along with Protea's cricketer Jonty Rhodes have written their names indelibly in the sporting history of South Africa.It is however a player in the England cricket team, Kevin Pietersen which enjoys more limelight than any other Maritzburg College Old Boy at present. His devastating displays with the bat helped England regain the Ashes and he has inspired thousands of young players all over the United Kingdom and the world. As a young boy himself growing up in South Africa Kevin lived and breathed sport in general and cricket in particular as he explained when SA School Sports caught up with him in this exclusive chat before he faced the Aussies in the Ashes this year.

Tuesday, 02 June 2009 02:00

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Tall and athletic and with a determination to make his mark on the sport, Clifton College’s Kushen Kishen is a cricketer which seems to have all the attributes to see him rubbing shoulders  with some of the top names in the world of cricket in the near future. Seeing himself as a genuine all-rounder Kushen is arguably one of the fastest schoolboy bowlers in the country and, as his name suggests the batters will need some padding to cushion his deliveries.

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