College appoints Michael Smith as head of cricket

2013-07-30 00:00

MICHAEL Smith has been appointed director of cricket at Maritzburg College and assumes his duties early next month. He has both playing and coaching experience in South Africa and in England.

Prominent cricket schools in many parts of South Africa have had professional coaches over the years, particularly in the Eastern Cape. This move is now being seen in some schools in KZN.

Smith hails from the Eastern Cape, where he went to school at Selborne College in East London. He went on to represent Border, Eastern Province and the Warriors, and has also represented South Africa at the Hong Kong Sixes. He captained Eastern Province and the Warriors before plying his trade as a professional cricketer in the United Kingdom, where he has been for the past 11 years.

He made his first-class debut in 2003 and played 89 matches, scoring just short of 5 000 runs, which included nine centuries and 40 fifties in both the longer and the shortened forms of cricket.

As director of cricket, he will be coaching the College 1st XI this coming season and setting the coaching standards down through the age groups. While he was still playing, he became involved in coaching in the UK. On his return to South Africa, he completed a level-three coaching certificate with Cricket South Africa and has assisted with the coaching of the Eastern Province squad.

He owned and operated a cricket academy and also acted as coaching consultant for Eastern Province Cricket, where he worked with the junior elite squads.

At College, his first assignment will be to take the College side to the T20 tournament at St David’s in Johannesburg.

This will be followed by the first domestic fixtures before the 54th College Michaelmas Week in the school’s 150th anniversary year.

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