Expect hard play at Oppenheimer

2011-09-27 00:00

THE prestigious Oppenheimer Week that includes a healthy slice of South Africa’s top cricket schools is hosted by

Maritzburg College from Saturday, October 1, to Tuesday,

October 4, in and around the KwaZulu-Natal capital.

Schools taking part that have played in previous weeks are Grey College (Bloemfontein), St Alban’s (Pretoria), St Stithian’s, King Edward VII School (Kes), Pretoria Boys High, St John’s (Johannesburg), Hudson Park (East London), Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies), Maritzburg College, Durban High School (DHS), Glenwood, Hilton, Kearsney, KZN Development XI, Michaelhouse, St Charles and Westville, while St Andrew’s (Grahamstown) are participating for the first time.

Head of Maritzburg College cricket Keith Guise-Brown said that Oppenheimer Week is

special because it has been

going for 52 years and is more sought after now than before.

“The cricket is played hard, as one would expect from schools of this calibre, all of which have strong cricketing histories, yet the spirit in which the cricket is played is as important.

“In my 30-year association with the coaches and managers I cannot recall any tension between schools. We thus avoid inviting schools to the festival if their philosophy is to ‘win at all cost’. We are also very proud at the quality of cricketer who has participated in this annual event and the list speaks for

itself.”

Some of the players who have participated over the past 52 years include Ali Bacher,

Graeme Smith, Kevin McKenzie, Ray Jennings (Kes), AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (Affies), Barry Richards, Hashim Amla, Lance Klusener, Jonathan

Vandiar (DHS), Stephen Jack (Glenwood), Makhaya Ntini (Dale), Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje (Grey College), Andrew Hudson (Kearsney), Tony Greig (Queen’s College), Graham Ford, Jonty Rhodes, Kevin Pietersen, David Miller (Maritzburg

College) and Robbie Frylinck (Westville).

Costs have risen enormously over the years and the sponsor of the Oppenheimer Week since 2004 has been Jonathan Oppenheimer, who has contributed generously in keeping costs to parents at a reasonable level. Heather Lawson of Granny Mac’s Catering is once again sponsoring the manager’s

dinner.

Results and fixtures will appear in The Witness each day. The weekend preview for Saturday’s and Sunday’s matches will appear in Friday’s Witness.

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