Rising star Cele to tour with SA U19 side

2015-02-24 00:00

GLENWOOD High School’s rising ­talent Okuhle Cele will travel with the South African U19 side on their tour of Bangladesh in April ahead of next year’s U19 Cricket World Cup in the ­sub-continent.

The 17-year-old matric pupil, who attended Glenwood Prep, is excited to join the relatively young squad who are being groomed to hopefully win the Junior World Cup next year, which is also being hosted in Bangladesh.

The Witness caught up with the ­talented young seamer and his 1st team coach Kurt Donaldson last week to talk all things cricket.

Like many local youngsters, Cele took up sport at a relatively young age but his love affair with cricket started in Grade 4, when he quickly took to bowling.

He continued to excel on both the cricket pitch and hockey field, while representing KwaZulu-Natal for cricket at U11, U13, U14 and U15 levels.

But his game really started to develop when he made his debut for Glenwood’s 1st team in Grade 9.

“We had our eye on him and he came in for a T20 game after our captain ­Nipho Madwe pulled out. He bowled really well and had good pace for a youngster. He bowled out one of their top batsmen as well,” Donaldson said.

He became a more permanent ­feature in the first side over the next two years and gleaned a lot from a number of quality pace bowlers in the side, including his cousin Andile Phelukwayo — who now plays top-flight cricket for the Dolphins.

Grade 11 saw Cele enjoy another year at first team level while making the KZN U17 side. Unfortunately injury ruled him out of the U17 Cubs Week — but he made up for that this year.

After a successful Khaya Majola Cricket Week at the end of 2014, Cele was selected for the SA U17 side who competed against provincial U19 teams in 2015 U19 Cubs Week, which was played in January.

His best figures came against the Knights, when he took 3/26 and his overall performance saw him crack the nod for the SA U19 side who were ­selected at the end of the week-long tournament.

“I am looking forward to the experience. I’ll probably come in as a first change bowler but I really just want to make a difference in the team environment,” Cele said.

Donaldson believes Cele has what it takes to play professionally, highlighting a number of his strengths.

“Along with his bowling, he is a ­competent batsman, good in the field and he is also a great leader. ‘Kush’ is quietly spoken but the guys listen when he brings up good points,” Don-aldson said.

“He will have to work on his fitness as bowling at higher levels is tough on the body and it takes constant work. He also needs to keep mentally strong.”

The SA U19 Cricket side will play ­seven ODIs in three different cities in Bangladesh.

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