Stellar season for Hilton

2015-03-27 00:00

HILTON College’s first cricket team have enjoyed a season to remember, achieving outstanding results in all formats and one of the most respected outfits on the schools’ cricket scene.

Under the guidance of former Dolphins, Cobras and Zimbabwean all-rounder Neil Johnson, a tightly knit, solid unit has been moulded, the result of work done in the past two seasons as the boys have come through the junior teams.

It’s a team that see all players put their skills on the field, knowing their jobs and the responsibilities that go with it. Some of the players are still in Grade 11 — captain and ’keeper Gavin Morris one of them — enabling Hilton to maintain their strong standing next year.

Besides knocking up wins against their traditional rivals on the KZN schools’ circuit, Hilton excelled in T20 cricket, winning the CSA Schools T20 Regional Tournament. They then went one better to win the Franchise Tournament title, beating coastal champions Glenwood in the final. This enabled the school to play at the National T20 finals in Stellenbosch, representing the Dolphins, where they went all the way to the final to lose by two runs off the final ball to Menlo Park, representing the Titans.

A few weeks ago, they rounded off their season by defending their title in the Schools’ Night League — a 45-over competition. They defeated Maritzburg College in the final at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg.

Yesterday, at Hilton’s final assembly before closing for the Easter holidays, the players who participated at the T20 Nationals were capped at a special ceremony. Dolphins all-rounder Robbie Frylinck presented each player with his cap.

The players who were recognised were Gavin Morris, Angus Curtis, Julian Yeats, Jonty Jewels, Ethan Bosch, MJ Grobler, Timothy Copland, Rourke Lauryssen, Daniel Hirschowitz, Matthew Dahl, Craig Krog and Ross Yammin.

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