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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 08:43

Cricket: Gauteng Schools Dominate Final Day

Gauteng schools dominate Oppenheimer Week’s final day

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 11:03

De Kock & Savage Warming Up English Weather

In what has been at times some pretty poor weather for cricket the SA U19 team has enjoyed a great tour so far and several players have shown some great potential. Two of these players are Quinton de Kock and Calvin Savage.

Three teams of Hoërskool Die Wilgers in Pretoria, last week ensured that their school's trophy cabinet is well stocked when they recorded some memorable victories in the Tshwane city cup finals.

In a Landmark judgment yesterday, a former school rugby player won his case against an opposing player who injured his so severely during a scrum that it left him with a broken neck, reported the Mercury newspaper.

T20 cricket has taken the world by storm. One only has to look at the millions spent on top players for the T20 Indian Premier League to realize, whether us purists like it or not, that T20 is here to stay and revolutionise cricket as we know it. While I write this article the Cricket World Cup is raging on, with the minnows looking decidedly out of their league in the 50 Over format of the game. Its only natural as the longer the game the more skill, technique and dare I say professionalism is required in order to perform effectively.

(Stellenbosch 20 February 2011) The Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge in Stellenbosch ended in sensational style on Sunday, when it required a Super Over to separate victors Hoërskool Waterkloof from Hoërskool Noordkaap.


(Stellenbosch 20 February 2011) Titans representative Hoërskool Waterkloof and Knights team Hoërskool Noordkaap went through to the final of the Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge in Stellenbosch on Sunday after both beat established cricket schools in their third round matches on Sunday morning.

Jason Smith made an unbeaten 54 to help Wynberg Boys High of the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras to a seven-wicket victory over Grey High in the first match in the national finals of the Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge at Sahara Park Newlands on Friday afternoon.

THE signs are already there that Maritzburg College and KwaZulu-Natal Inland schoolboy fast bowler Daryn Dupavillon has the talent, aptitude and big-match temperament to go all the way in the game."He is a Daryn_Dupavillonright-arm quick bowler with enormous potential," says College first team coach and SA U19 selector Mike Bechet.

Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:18


(Potchefstroom 16 December 2010) Six Accolades - two for bowling and four for batting -- were awarded on a rain-interrupted fourth day of the Standard Bank Cricket Week in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.
Because of rain in the morning, no play was possible until after lunch, and the scheduled 50-over matches were reduced to 36 overs.

At the age of just 21 Hashim Amla was already a test player and at the tender age of just 17 had started his first class career in KwaZulu-Natal with the Dolphins. Now he has become a fixture in the Protea's lineup and one of the leading batsmen in the world in all formats of the game. With 28 Test centuries to his name Hashim has proven that there is still place for gentleman in the sport who are able to dominate the opposition and still remain humble.  But where did it all begin? Hashim Amla talks exclusively to School Sport - The Magazine about his schooldays.

Monday, 08 November 2010 08:00

Calvin Savage- College Speedster!

Sports clubs the world over are littered with the tales of former schoolboy sporting prodigies who never quite made the grade. 'Sure things' who were going all the way, until the responsibilities of life and the emergence of their own limitations came to the fore. These savageymen often sit at the corner of the bar as their colleagues reminisce of a time when they reigned supreme. This is not such a story; it can't be.

Monday, 11 October 2010 10:26

James Price! He's Not Cheap!

The small town of Grahamstown in the poverty stricken Eastern Cape will most certainly have something to write home about in the next couple of years. If everything goes according to plan they will be able to lay testament to nurturing and producing one of SouthJames_Batting_18_-_Copy Africa's up and coming young cricket sensations. To be more direct, the real credit will be given to St Andrew's College, one of South Africa's oldest educational institutions for they have developed James Price from the tender age of 5.

One of the most humbling sites awaits any school cricketer who receives the privilege of playing on Lower field towards the end of an exhaustive day of cricket. With the sun setting amidst the famous clock-tower in the background dedicated to those lost in wars gone by you feel a sense of pride and duty to uphold the gentlemen's game.

Thursday, 17 December 2009 09:21

U19 SA Schools Cricket Team Announced

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced a 15-member South Africa U19 squad ahead of a packed local and international schedule for U19 cricket. The squad, announced at the awards dinner on the final day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola U19 cricket week in Benoni, will play

Never before has South Africa enjoyed such a wealth of talent and success in cricket than in 2009. For the first time the country  had in the Protea's,  a team that were ranked the best cricket team in the world, a team which had beaten every side put before them.  Such euphoria over the national team would mean little if there was not a genuine belief that South Africa...

Thursday, 05 November 2009 11:57

"Soft Balls" Hurting English Cricket

With the start of England's cricket tour of South Africa this week it is interesting to see how many Southern Africans grace their team. Including Zimbabwean Coach Andy Flower a total of 5 members of their squad were born in these parts with the majority learning their junior cricket here too. It is little wonder England are looking to other countries to boost their pool of players with the latest warning from a Conservative Member of Parliament in the UK who has warned...

Tuesday, 29 September 2009 22:50

Nolands Cape Schools Cricket Week



Despite some inclement weather leading up to this long-running cricket festival, as well as on days 2 and 3, the vast majority of the games were played and completed, with just the second innings of day 2 being washed out and the second innings of just two games on day 3 being washed out.

Saturday, 26 September 2009 13:37

Nolands Cape Schools Cricket Week- Day One

There was a  mixed bag of results for the Cape Schools competing in this top level cricket festivel hosted by Bishops on Day 1 with most teams keeping one out on the weather which at times threatened to shorten some of the games...

Friday, 25 September 2009 14:19

Michaelmas Cricket Week: Day One

The weather held out and for the fiftieth time Maritizburg College hosted the Michaelmas Cricket Week which saw some of the country's finest school cricket teams taking the field and producing cricket of a very high standard with more than a couple of tight finishes...

DHS vs St. John's

DHS who many would argue have not been at the top of their game pushed their much more fancied opponents all the way but at the end narrowly went down to St. John's by a meager 4 runs. St. John's who were pegged back by some accurate bowling from Mgenge who finished with 3 wickets for only 15 runs and Curtis who also took 3 sticks for 43 runs, only managed to post the low score of 125. St. John's, Pryke (40 runs) and Workman (25 runs) proving to be the only real resistance to a good DHS attack. DHS would have been confident of getting the small total however they fell 4 runs short and didn't seem to have an answer to the spin of Devon Conway who stiffled any hopes that DHS would have had of winning but turning in figures of 5 for 21 runs. St John's won by 4 runs



Glenwood vs PBHS

Glenwood would have gone into this match relying heavily on their ace batsman Pillay to get them a competitive score against a Pretoria Boys side which seemed to be competent in all departments. Amassing 140 runs with Pillay (65 runs)  and Venter (33 runs) the main contributers Glenwood were never really in the hunt as Pretoria Boys, led by Leppan (75 runs) cantered past Glenwoods effort with 4 wickets in hand. PBHS won 4 wickets


Hilton vs Grey

To come up against Grey College in any sport one realises that it is going to take a major effort to defeat them. With good scores coming from Linde (40), Venter (35) and vd Spuy (27) Grey managed to get to 173 runs which many felt would be enough to beat Hilton College who had not yet hit their straps this season. However Hilton produced a spirited performance and worked hard to get close the Grey total. Attacking batting from Shield (43) and Taylor (39) brought Hilton to the brink of victory with only a boundary needed. Grey held their nerve and claimed the last Hilton wicket leaving Hilton just 3 runs short on 170 all out. Grey won by 3 runs


Kearsney vs Affies

Probably two sides which boast the most talent with the likes of Kaber (Affies) and Bowes (Kearsney) both playing in the recent Schools Composites side against the Sahara Legends this was sure to produce some top class cricket. Kaber set Affies off to a good start scoring 44 of his teams 145 runs. Kearsney have a very disciplined side and would have been pleased with their performance of limiting Affies to a relatively low score. Kearsney's man of the match Weidemann who was sublime with both bat and ball, taking 3 for 25 and top scoring with 56 not out made sure that KZN's top cricket side started the week with a good win. Kearsney reached 146 with 3 wickets in hand. Kearsney won by 3 wickets


Maritzburg College vs Hudson Park

Captained by Dean Pengelly fresh from being part of the victorious Combined Schools side who caused an upset and beat the Sahara All Stars one would have thought that Maritzburg College would be too good for Hudson Park. However Hudson Park put on a brave show being the first team in this years Michaelmas Week to set a target in excess of 200 runs. Finishing with 205 for 8 with some good contributions from Kala (44) and Koopman (42) it seemed that College would be in for a tough afternoon. However the College batters attacked the Hudson attack who seemed to bowl to short to batsmen who are enjoying a great season. Half centuries by Captain Pengelly (73 not out)  and Hendrie (54 not out) saw College to 206 for the loss of just 3 wickets and sent a message that they would be a very difficult team to beat at home. College won by 7 wickets


St Charles vs KES

KES batters enjoyed some lack lustre bowling from St. Charles and scored 222 runs for the loss of 8 wickets with half centuries scored by de Kock (60), Dickson (63) and Nofal (70). St. Charles who would have hoped for their star batsmen Hulett to fire never really seemed good enough falling 48 runs short of KES's total and were bundled out for 174 runs. KES won by 48 runs


Westville vs St Stithian's

The St.Stithian's bowler Faasen bowled a tight line claiming 3 wickets for just 33 runs and was the only Saints bowler to prove a threat to the Westville batters. A half century by Bhayle (60) saw Westville finish their 50 overs on 182 for 5. This score however was by no means adequate for St. Stithians who only lost 3 wickets on their way to surpassing Westville's score. Rodgers (68) and Cook (42) batted with ease against a bowling attack that posed few questions. St Stithian's won by 7 wickets


Michaelhouse vs St David's

Needing only 164 runs to win, Michaelhouse who had bowled and fielded very well never looked in trouble against what appeared to be a weak bowling attack. Michaelhouse star batsmen was there at the finish unbeaten on 88 steered his team to 165 run for 3 wickets and cantered home for an easy victory. Michaelhouse won by 7 wickets



Thursday, 24 September 2009 16:35

KZN Schools Cricket- Michaelmas Week

If the end of a bitterly cold KZN winter was not enough to cause excitement, the Michaelmas Cricket Week in Pietermaritzburg will ensure it.The KZN armada consists of DHS, Glenwood, Hilton, Kearsney, St. Charles, Maritzburg College, Westville & Michaelhouse.

Visitors to 'sleepy hollow' include the Johannesburg quartet of St. John's, St. David's, St. Stithian's and KES. Pretoria will provide Affies & Pretoria Boys, whilst Grey Bloem and Hudson Park (of East London) provides welcome provincial diversity.

To single out a few matches would do little justice to the intensely competitive fixture list; however a glance at a few matchups may serve to emphasize how tough a week it will prove to be.

Thursday 24 September: Hilton v Grey Bloem

A few schools produce Springboks, Proteas and Olympic Gold Medalists. What makes Grey College different? They produce them in bulk. They simply do not churn out average athletes.

Whilst Hilton has come off a four wicket loss to a talented Northwood team, there would be no better way to steady the ship than by defeating a powerhouse.

Friday 25 September: Michaelhouse v Affies

The boys from Balgowan stamped their authority on the KZN scene by thumping DHS by 10 wickets. They take this confidence to the Blue Bulls factory that has shown its depth in sporting codes by (relatively) recently producing the likes of AB De Villiers.

Keep an eye out for Hulbert, the Michaelhouse bowler fresh from a fiver against DHS (5-11).

Saturday 26 September: Glenwood High School v Hudson Park

Not much is known of Hudson Park, except that they famously produced the Ndungane twins and consistently holds their own against boys school opposition.

To be the only co-ed school attending the week says much for the esteem in which they are held. The Glenwood Green Machine is in itself a sporting power player and can never be underestimated. The beauty of this encounter lies in its unpredictability.

Sunday 27 September: Maritzburg College v St. Stithians

There is not much that has not been said about College. Their recent 8-wicket demolition of Clifton speaks volumes for their efficiency. St. Stithians will pose a far stiffer test for the men playing on their beloved Goldstones. Fireworks can be well expected.

All fixtures will begin at 09:30 and, should the weather play its part; no better way to spend the third term holidays could possibly be found. The standard of play is only matched by the abundance of choice. Whatever your flavour, the cricket will most certainly prove tantalizing.

Catch all the scores right here on South Africa's premier School Sports channel.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 21:43

KZN Cricket Preview for Sat 19th

There can be no greater testament to the good health of schoolboy cricket than to view the result of the Sahara All-Star Twenty20 match played at St. Davids Inanda this weekend. The schoolboys came out on top against Protea opposition & relatively comfortably so. Granted, the spirit of the game was more festive than confrontational,...

Monday, 14 September 2009 12:43

KZN Cricket- Glenwood & Westville Start Strong

Saturday saw Cricket being played against Michaelhouse and the 1st XI enjoyed a hard-fought win over a strong and confident Michaelhouse XI. It was a close match and could have gone either way. On top of that, all of the A Teams also won and that is a fine achievement because it is not often that one can produce results like that against a strong cricketing school like Michaelhouse.

1st xi Cricket vs Hilton

Coming into the 1st game of the cricket season Westville's team was set back with a few injuries. With great overhead conditions and a good looking batting track Hilton won the toss and put themselves into bat. Bowling impressive lines Cody Gertze (3-27)maintained the pressure on the Hilton top order. Despite Mathews (35) and Slabbert (35) consolidating the innings with a reasonable partnership the Westville bowlers were able to restrict Hilton to only 172 runs.

The season has only just started with some big matches in store for the schools when the Nolands Cape Schools Cricket Week and the Michaelmas Cricket Week involves the top 30 school teams in the country. Stay connected to for all the updates.

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.



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.