Cricket: Schoolboy Calvin Savage chosen for KZN Inland

2010-03-03 00:00

YOUNG cricketer Calvin Savage’s star continues to rise.

Savage, who is in grade 11 at Maritzburg College, was selected for the KZN Inland senior team yesterday.

Inland fly to Windhoek this morning for their Provincial Challenge three-day and 40-over matches against Namibia from tomorrow to Sunday.

Inland coach Doug Watson told The Witness yesterday that Savage, who turned 17 just under two months ago and made the SA Schools’ team in grade 10, comes in for opening bowler Ollie Humphries — who is held up by study commitments.

”Being selected to play first-class cricket at his age is a fantastic achievement,” said Watson.

“Calvin is an exceptional talent and his inclusion is in line with the Dolphins’ policy of ensuring that home-grown youngsters come through.”

A right-arm opening bowler who swings and seams the ball prodigiously, Savage was described by Mike Bechet yesterday as “probably the most intelligent cricketer” he has been involved with in his 18 years as Maritzburg College’s first XI coach.

“He is a humble, level-headed boy who is hungry to learn and, significantly, has the ability to absorb information,” Bechet said.

Savage’s selection caps a memorable few days for the school following David Miller’s inclusion in the SA T20 squad.

KZN Inland: Tim Drummond (capt), Mario Olivier, Bradley Moses, Glen Addicott, Chad Barron, Kyle Nipper, Cheslin Nhlapo, Calvin Savage, Kimeshan Chetty, Narvaar Harridave, Richard Hlela, Brady Barends, Mbasa Gqadushe.

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