College old boy hits first ton for Ireland

2013-07-03 00:00

THERE was a moment of magic for Ireland opening batsman and ­Maritzburg College old boy John Anderson on Monday.

He crafted his way to a career-best 127 in an ICC Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands in Deventer.

Anderson’s knock, which came off 310 deliveries (6x4, 1x6) and helped his side to 332 all out in the four-day affair, was his maiden first-class century.

But, more significantly, it came just days after the funeral of his grandmother, which he was unable to attend due to his travel commitments with the Irish side.

Anderson matriculated from College in 2000, where he played for the first team as more of a bowler than a batsman.

He moved to Dublin seven years ago where he studied to become a chartered accountant.

After excelling at club level, Anderson (30) finally caught the eye of the country’s national selectors.

“It is quite something because his gran’s funeral was also this weekend — and he was unable to make it,” said Judy Anderson, John’s ­mother, who lives in Pietermaritzburg.

“He managed to score a ton for her and that is very special.”

Judy Anderson added that it was difficult to keep tabs on how her son’s performances were going, but that she checked for online updates regularly.

It all adds up to a big week for the Anderson family.

Judy’s other son, Roger, is currently at Wimbledon where he is coaching his wife, South African No 1 Chanelle Scheepers.

Partnered by Japanese star Shuko Aoyama, Scheepers has reached the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the grass court tournament.

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