Cordwalles hosts festival

2012-03-06 00:00

CORDWALLES Preparatory School, celebrating its centenary­ year, recently hosted the annual SA Preparatory Schools’ Cricket Festival.

“It was the 18th consecutive staging of this prestigious event and due to space constraints it was staged at Michaelhouse,” said Cordwalles deputy headmaster, sport and extra-mural, Lance Veenstra.

Twelve schools took part, totalling 150 young cricketers from all over the country and included two schools from Zimbabwe — Ruzawi and Springvale. The core schools were Cordwalles, Highbury, Clifton Durban­ and Merchiston (both KZN), St Andrew’s and Kingswood (both Grahamstown), Western Province Prep School (Cape Town) and St Stithian’s, St John’s and The Ridge (all Johannesburg).

“These 10 schools are known as the founder schools and are invited each year, only forfeiting their position should they be unable to play in two consecutive festivals,” Veenstra said. “There was some really good cricket played by the KZN schools.”

Referring to his school, Highbury first XI coach Knowledge Vilakazi said his boys learnt a lot.

“The boys had a tough weekend learning to cope with different conditions. There were some pleasing performances mixed with disappointing phases,” he said.

The traditional festival dinner was held at Cordwalles and guest speaker Craig Joubert, the KZN capital’s 2011 Rugby World Cup final referee, entertained the boys with stories about his career and what it takes to get to the top in sport — passion, dedication and discipline.

Joubert invited the boys to ask questions and they didn’t hesitate.

 

KZN SCHOOLS’ SCORES IN BRIEF

Cordwalles

Western Province Prep 54 (Bruce Spence 6-14). Cordwalles 55/2. Cordwalles won by eight wickets.

Kingswood 58 (Ross Forder 3-7, Joshua Munn 3-2). Cordwalles 59/1 (Kuhle Khumalo 36*). Cordwalles won by nine wickets.

Cordwalles 138/9 (Anthony Glutz 39). Springvale House 45 (David Robinson 2-1). Cordwalles won by 93 runs.

 

Merchiston

The Ridge 102 (D. Ward 6-33). Merchiston 44/5. Match drawn (rain).

Merchiston 105 (J. Drewett 26). Springvale House 69 (S. Steenkamp 5-14, C. Potgieter 4-11). Merchiston won by 36 runs.

Merchiston 64 (C. Potgieter 31*). St Stithian’s 65/8 (S. Steenkamp 3-8, C. Potgieter 3-17). St Stithian’s won by two wickets.

 

Highbury

St Stithian’s 179 (McGrath 3-36). Highbury 46/3. Match drawn (rain).

Highbury 89 (McGrath 27). The Ridge 93/8 (McGrath 3-16). The Ridge won by two wickets.

St Andrew’s 72 (Smith 3-11, McGrath 2-5, Gibson 2-9).

Highbury 73/4. Highbury won by six wickets.

 

Clifton Prep (Durban)

St Andrews 97 (Matthew Montgomery 3-16, Muhammad Noorbhai 3-16). Clifton 60/1 (Joshua Brown 26). Match drawn (rain).

Clifton 102. St Stithian’s 60 (Matthew Montgomery 4-12, Muhammad Noorbhai 4-16). Clifton won by 42 runs.

Western Province Prep 81/9 (Luke Jonsson 3-9). Clifton 83/5 (Luke Shave 42*).

Clifton won by five wickets.

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