Bonanza: Oppenheimer Week, Hilton festival offer quality matches

2011-09-30 00:00

THE prestigious, 52-year-old Oppenheimer Week, which is hosted as always at Maritzburg College and which includes a size-able number of South Africa’s top cricket schools, takes place in and around the KZN capital from tomorrow to next Tuesday.

The corresponding U14 Michaelmas Hilton Festival hosted by Hilton College takes place at the school from today to Monday.

The Oppenheimer Week features 17 school first XIs plus a KZN Development XI, while the U14 festival has 12 sides in action, which together makes for a remarkable number of quality matches to look forward to.

The history of Oppenheimer Week gives a hint of what might lie ahead for today’s young crop.

Former Oppenheimer Week players include Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen, Jonty Rhodes, Hashim Amla, Lance Klusener, Barry Richards, Hansie Cronje, Kepler Wessels and Makhaya Ntini.

Maritzburg College coach and SA U19 selector Mike Bechet told The Witness yesterday that among a posse of national and provincial players to watch out for at Oppenheimer Week are SA U19 cricketers Shaylin Pillay (KES), Prenelan Subrayan (Glenwood), Corne Dry (Grey College) and Maritzburg College captain Calvin Savage.

FIXTURES

OPPENHEIMER WEEK (PMB area)

Tomorrow (50-over): Maritzburg College vs Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Goldstone’s), DHS vs St Stithian’s (Barns’), Glenwood vs PBHS (Varsity Oval), Hilton vs Hudson Park (Alex), Kearsney vs Grey College (Varsity 2), KZN Development vs St Andrew’s Grahamstown (PMB Oval), Michaelhouse vs St John’s (Eston), St Charles vs King Edward VII School (St Charles Oval), Westville vs St Alban’s (Collegians Club).

Sunday (50-over): Maritzburg College vs Grey (Goldstone’s), DHS vs St Alban’s (Varsity Oval); Glenwood vs St Stithian’s (Collegians), Hilton vs KES (Varsity 2), Kearsney vs PBHS (Eston), KZN Development vs St John’s (PMB Oval), Michaelhouse vs St Andrew’s (Barns’), St Charles vs Hudson Park (St Charles), Westville vs Affies (St Charles 2).

Monday, Tuesday (50-over and 45-over): Fixtures in Monday’s Witness.

U14 FESTIVAL (Hilton College)

Today (declaration): Grey College vs St Alban’s (Hart-Davis Oval), St Charles vs Rondebosch (Weightman -Smith), Michaelhouse vs St John’s (Etheridge), Maritzburg College vs St Stithian’s (Henderson), Westville vs Wynberg (Mansergh), Hilton vs Parktown (Falcon).

Tomorrow (dec): Hilton vs St John’s (HDO), St Charles vs St Stithian’s (WS), Maritzburg College vs St Alban’s (E), Michaelhouse vs Rondebosch (H), Westville vs Parktown (M), Wynberg vs Grey (F).

Sunday (50-over): Michaelhouse vs Wynberg (HDO), Hilton vs St Alban’s (WS), Westville vs St Stithian’s (E), St John’s vs Rondebosch (H), St Charles vs Parktown (M), Maritzburg College vs Grey (F).

Monday (T20 cricket, 2 games each): Fixtures in Monday’s Witness.

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