Local boys off to India for U19 tourney

2013-09-10 00:00

TWO KZN Inland schoolboy cricketers will be representing their country in an U19 quadrangular series in India later this month. The other two teams will be Zimbabwe and Australia.

Lungi Ngidi from Hilton College, and Greg Oldfield from Michaelhouse are part of the team captained by Yaseen Valli from King Edward School, which includes eight players in the squad of 15 that saw action against England in February.

The quadrangular tournament is part of the team’s preparations for the U19 World Cup, which takes place in Dubai in February 2014. The conditions in India are similar to those that they will experience in Dubai.

The two Inland players have represented KZN Inland through the age groups. Lungi, a Grade 11 pupil, played for Inland U15 in 2011 and Inland U19 in 2012. Greg, who is in Grade 12, represented Inland at U15 level in 2010, U17 in 2011 and U19 in 2012, after which he was selected for the SA Schools side. Both players were in the Dolphins U19 team at the Franchise Week at the beginning of the year.

Lungi is a strong and quick opening bowler who has been working hard during the off season, including at the SA U19 squad camp run by Ray Jennings. The same goes for Greg, who is a batting all-rounder who can bowl a useful off-spin. He worked through an injury at the end of last season and has done well to retain his place in the team. Both will be eligible for the World Cup in February.

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