Strong KZN U19 outfit for Khaya Majola Week

2013-11-27 00:00

ON paper, the Sunfoil KZN U19 cricket side selected for the Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Durban from December 16 to 20, looks strong and balanced.

The team has five players from Glenwood, four from Westville Boys’ High School and two each from Kearsney and DHS.

Manager of the side is Andre van Zyl from Kearsney College and he is happy with what he has at his disposal.

“It’s a strong outfit with all our bases covered,” he said. “Interestingly, there are three left-arm spinners in the team, plus some serious quick bowlers. Up front, we have batsmen who can smash it around and I think we will give a good account of ourselves.”

The programme sees the side play two declaration, two 50-over and two 20/20 matches and Van Zyl’s only concern is the weather playing its part.

“That’s the biggest bugbear. At the moment, we have cloudless skies, but as soon as we lift a cricket bag, the clouds and rain come,” he said. “It’s out of our control, but obviously we would like to get as much cricket in as possible.”

Playing in and around Durban, Van Zyl said he thought the sides from up country would find the wickets quite different to what they have been used to.

“Having three spinners in our side gives an indication of the types of wickets we are playing on,” he said. “Batsmen will have to get themselves in and work hard for their runs, while bowlers will attempt to get the best out of what the tracks offer. This will separate the men from the boys as such and call on the players to use all their cricketing skills.”

The three spinners in the side are Ainsley Ndlovu (DHS), Smangaliso Nhlebela (Glenwood) and Luke Schlemmer (Westville). Tyler Smith (Kearsney) is the wicketkeeper batsman who is “in the Mark Boucher mould”, according to Van Zyl, while SA U19 player Andile Phehlukwayo (Glenwood) leads the bowlers.

Westville’s Nick Pentz offers solid hitting up front and it is hoped he will be able to bowl, but this depends on whether his niggly back will stand up to the demand. Gareth Wissing (Glenwood) is a hard-hitting top order batsman and Van Zyl is confident all his bases are covered.

This is the second year Van Zyl has managed the U19 side and he has also managed the U17 side in previous years.

While the U19 week is played in Durban, the U17 side plays in the Boland, the U13 week is in the Free State and the Rural U17 week is in Kimberley, all from December 6 to 10.

The U15 week is in Gauteng from December 13 to 17.

KZN U19 side: Ainsley Ndlovu (DHS), Bongumusa Makhanya (DHS), Gareth Wissing (Glenwood), Nhlakanipho Madwe (Glenwood), Tevin Varatharajalu (Glenwood), Andile Phehlukwayo (Glenwood), Smangaliso Nhlebela (Glenwood), Ryan Wallace (Kearsney), Tyler Smith (Kearsney), Luke Schlemmer (Westville), Cameron Gordon (Westville), Nicholas Pentz (Westville), Jason Oakes (Westville).

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