College boy wins top SA cricket award

2010-07-27 00:00

CALVIN Savage, a Grade 11 pupil at Maritzburg College, was named the Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge­ Cricketer of the Year at the annual­ South African Cricket Awards in Sandton on Tuesday night.

At a glittering ceremony at the Johannesburg­ Country Club, where the Dolphins’ Hashim Amla was named Cricketer of the Year, several amateur awards, including schoolboy awards, were also announced.

The award won by Savage acknowledges the most outstanding school cricket player who participated in the inaugural Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge.

Savage was selected from more than 340 different school teams that took part in this national tournament.

Savage took nine wickets at an average­ of 7,11 in the matches which he played for College in the competition. He is also a competent batsman and his 41 not out, including three sixes against Menlo Park in the final, almost gave College victory.

This rising star was acknowledged earlier as a  leading player for Kwa-Zulu-Natal Inland at the annual Coca- Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week at the end of 2009 and he was selected for the SA Schools’ side.

He was then selected for the Dolphins Cubs to play at the Cricket SA Cubs Week at the beginning of 2010. More recently Savage was selected to play for the SA U19 side against Zimbabwe­.

A modest Savage said that he started playing cricket when he was seven and that he hopes to continue playing for many more years.

He was identified as being a prospect with his fast bowling, because he played for the KZN Coastal U13 team for three years, from 2004 until 2006, while a pupil at Westville Primary School. He came to College in 2007 on a Jacques Kallis cricket bursary. In 2008 he was included in the KZN Inland U15 team.

Savage has been a major factor in the success of the College side this year.

His best figures were four wickets for four runs in eight overs against Glenwood. The latter, with a competent batting line-up, were bowled out for just 43. Of the four runs conceded only one was off the bat, with a no ball and two wides making up the four runs. His batting­ has also improved and he is now a genuine all-rounder in the College­ 1st XI.

His most recent highlight was meeting both his heroes, Jonty Rhodes and Wayne Parnell, at the final of the Pro20 Challenge, in addition to being named the Player of the Tournament.

Rhodes, whose alma mater is Maritzburg College, was delighted to present the award to one of his fellow pupils from College.

Theunis de Bruyn from Menlo Park was another schoolboy to be honoured when he was named as the U17 Player of the tournament at the U17 Week in Grahamstown, where he made 269 for Northerns against Free State.

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