College to host 54th Michaelmas Week

2013-09-10 00:00

THE 54th Michaelmas Week takes place at Maritzburg College in their 150th Anniversary year, beginning on Saturday, September 21.

The event, sponsored by the Oppenheimer group, will see 18 sides taking part in four days of cricket, with nine of the top KZN schools being joined by nine of the top schools from outside the provincial borders, but there are no Invitation teams or teams from abroad.

This is the longest school cricket festival still being played in the country. The Offord Week, which was played at the end of the school year in Durban, ran for just over 60 years before the structures changed and it ceased in 1994. The Cape Schools Week began in 1968 and has schools largely from the Western and Eastern Cape playing at the same time as Michaelmas Week.

The KZN schools participating this year are the hosts, DHS, Glenwood, Hilton, Michaelhouse, Kearsney, Westville, St Charles and Northwood. The other schools are KES, St Stithians, St John’s and St David’s from Johannesburg, Pretoria BHS, Affies, and St Alban’s from Pretoria, Hudson Park from East London and Grey College from Bloemfontein. Michaelhouse, Kearsney and St John’s return to the Week this year, replacing KZN Dev, Clifton and Westlake, the latter from New Zealand.

There are a total of 56 international cricketers that have played since the first Week in 1959. During the isolation years there were no South African sides being selected so the number would have been even greater. Present Proteas players that are playing in one or more forms of the game for SA and played at Michaelmas Week are Graeme Smith, Dane Vilas, Quinton de Kock (all KES), AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph and Faf du Plessis (Affies), Hashim Amla (DHS), David Miller (M College), Ryan McLaren (Grey College), Chris Morris (Pretoria BHS) and Kyle Abbott (Kearsney). There are others who are playing international cricket elsewhere, namely, Kevin Pietersen (M College) and Michael Lumb (St Stithians) for England, Neil Wagner (Affies) and Grant Elliott (St Stithians) for New Zealand and John Anderson (M College) for Ireland.

Nine fields in the area are being used, which includes two Country Districts venues — Eston and Richmond Country Club. Two fields at both Maritzburg College and the university, together with Collegians, St Charles and the Maritzburg Oval make up the grounds.

The fixtures and promising players will be published next Tuesday.

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