Durban’s little master just misses double ton

2013-11-15 00:00

ON the day when Sachin Tendulkar was making his mark on the Test field for the last time, another little master in the making was talking about his own achievements.

Hayden Rossouw (13), a young cricketer from New Germany, thrilled spectators during a primary school match recently when he smashed 192 runs from 78 balls.

The Grade 7 pupil and captain of Sarnia Primary School came close to scoring a double century against Atholl Heights Primary. This is an almost unheard of score in primary school cricket, the school’s cricket coach Kovin Moodley said.

Hayden said he was excited about his achievement, no doubt harbouring thoughts of one day emulating his hero, South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers.

“De Villiers is always composed and doesn’t do silly things when he bats,” said Hayden.

He thinks Tendulkar is a classic player and likes him because he started playing cricket when he was young and at school — just like him.

His father Keith said Hayden practises at school and also has private coaching.

“His whole life revolves around cricket and he’s extremely dedicated in wanting to succeed,” he said.

This youngster’s talent has also secured him a sports scholarship to Westville Boys’ High School next year.

His goal is to keep chasing his dream and focusing on what he wants to achieve — that includes playing for the Dolphins and graduating to the national team.

Moodley said Hayden is a talented boy who is an all-rounder, standing out as a bowler and batsman.

“As soon as he steps on the field he’s immediately focused,” he said, adding that he has never heard of a child scoring close to a double century at this level.

This year alone, Hayden has scored three hundreds and this was definitely his crowning glory.

He came to the wicket in the third over and reached his century with a six over the bowler’s head from 44 balls with nine fours and 10 sixes, nearly 100 runs in boundaries. When he finally departed, he had bashed 16 fours and 19 sixes, taking Sarnia to 262 runs in just 27 overs.

Coach Moodley said of hiim: “He’s a dream to coach.”

Hayden’s ton was more than enough to win the game for his school.

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