Kloof lads find inspiration

2014-09-11 00:00

KLOOF High School had 14 cricketers, joined by three coaches, undertake a trip to South-East England (Essex region) for a five-match, 12-day tour.

The travelling party was hosted by Davenant Foundation School, Kloof High’s partner school in England.

Despite the scheduled matches and opportunities for sightseeing, the tourists found time to “give back” — helping run a primary school’s sports day and hosting a coaching clinic at a local school.

The boys took a while to adjust to conditions, finding bowling and fielding challenging at first. However, they did adjust and, after losing their first fixture, notched their first win against an Australian touring team from King’s School in Sydney.

On a tricky strip, Kloof managed 149 all out and managed to skittle the Aussies for 110, recording a 39-run win.

Unfortunately, the weather had a huge say in proceedings and the next match, the third of the tour, turned out to be the last, as rain washed out the remaining fixtures.

Kloof High took on county school champions Ilford Grammar School, restricting the home side to 134-3 in the allotted 30 overs. In reply, Kloof reached the target to win by four wickets with five balls to spare.

An encouraging sign for Kloof was the younger, inexperienced members of the team coming through in this match, which bodes well for the season ahead. This was Kloof High’s third over-seas cricket tour in seven years.

• Continuing their ethos of giving back, Kloof High School ran a coaching clinic at Vryheid Landbou recently.

Staff members Neil Smallfield (head of sport and 1st XI coach), Geoff Stead (2nd XI coach) and Divan van Wyk (Dolphins player and technical coach) were joined by six boys to coach 21 boys and girls from the agricultural college. There were also four visitors from Hoërskool Pionier.

The pupils were put through their paces at batting, bowling and fielding, with many learning the skills and basics for the first time. For others, it allowed the opportunity to fine-tune their talent under the watchful eye of knowledgeable coaches.

This venture served as a pilot programme for a new initiative at the school whereby pupils are equipped to coach in future. Pupils are taught how to coach while developing leadership qualities.

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