Newman to show cricket skills

2020-03-12 06:04
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The Over 50’s Cricket World Cup kicked off yesterday (Wednesday 11 March) with South African locking horns with Wales at the Cape Town Cricket Club in Victoria Road in Plumstead.

South Africa will then play England at Wynberg Boys’ High School on Friday 13 March. They will then play India on Sunday 15 March at Langa Cricket club.

City Vision’s sister paper, People’s Post, spoke to one of the South African cricketers, Anwell Newman, from Stellenbosch. Newman, a civil technology teacher at Weston High School in Vredenburg and also the head of the department of civil technology, will show his abilities with the willow and the ball during the World Cup.

“I am over the moon being selected for SA. This is a long awaited opportunity as I’ve never played for SA before. I never stopped playing cricket after my playing days for Boland between 1993 and 1995 and I am still playing for Vredenburg Saldanha Cricket Club,” Newman says.

He is a right-arm fast bowler and right-handed batsman who played eight first-class matches for Boland.

“Although I am from Stellenbosch I went to school in Vredenburg. There are so many highlights in my cricket career playing for different clubs. The one that stands out was when I played for Paarl Cricket Club and we were crowned the league champions of Boland. This enabled us to represent the Western Cape at the Club Champs in Pretoria.

Newman says his other highlight was playing for United Cricket Club in the Western Province League where his team won the Premier B League competition and progressed to play in the 1 A League. “At both clubs I was the player or coach,” he says.

Newman played with former Protea players like Dave Callaghan, Roger Telemachus, Henry Williams, Louis Koen, Adrian Kuiper and many provincial cricketers.

“I was an all-rounder but was never recognised as one. I admired Hansie Cronje because he was a great leader and a brilliant cricketer but the West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner was the inspiration for my bowling.

“My best batting partner was Hilton Solomons, also a teacher and former Paarl Cricket Club player,” he says.

Newman says what he is looking forward to the most in the World Cup is showing his abilities as an all-rounder and helping SA make the final.

“If we can win the World Cup, something that was never achieved since the inception, it will be a great achievement. I believe, with this team, we can do it,” Newman says.

He played against Nazeem White in the old apartheid era and met him at school level already. Now they are both in the SA team. “We had our first training session last week and on Sunday 8 March we played a friendly match against the Windies.”

When Newman played for Boland under the late Bob Woolmer, the then head coach, gave him some valuable advice. “He said cricket is not everything and that you must have something to fall back on and give back to your community. He also said you should employ yourself as a cricket coach and do your coaching levels in order to become the best coach in the world,” Newman says.

Teams he played against in the early 90s are Transvaal – when he made his debut as a Boland player – Northern Transvaal, Free State, Natal, Eastern Province, Namibia, Zimbabwe and overseas touring sides.

“One of my memories of Alan Donald, our head coach now, is when he came back from an injury in Bloemfontein and he almost took off my head with his bouncers. I top-edged the ball for a six and scored 23 out of the 93 runs we made against the Free State,” he chuckles.

The Over 50’s Cricket World Cup starts today (10 March) and the South African team wants to show they have what it takes to lift the trophy. The SA team will be in action against Wales at the Cape Town Cricket Club in Victoria Road in Plumstead at 10:15.

PeoplesPost spoke to one of the South African cricketers, Anwell Newman, from Stellenbosch. Newman, a civil technology teacher at Weston High High School in Vredenburg and also the head of the department of civil technology, will show his abilities with the willow and the ball during the World Cup.

“I am over the moon being selected for SA. This is a long awaited opportunity as I’ve never played for SA before. I never stopped playing cricket after my playing days for Boland between 1993 and 1995 and am still playing for Vredenburg Saldanha Cricket Club,” Newman says.

He is a right-arm fast bowler and right-handed batsman who played eight first-class matches for Boland.

“Although I am from Stellenbosch I went to school in Vredenburg. There are so many highlights in my cricket career playing for different clubs. The one that stands out was when I played for Paarl Cricket Club and we were crowned the league champions of Boland. This enabled us to represent the Western Cape at the Club Champs in Pretoria.

Newman says his other highlight was playing for United Cricket Club in the Western Province League where his team won the Premier B League competition and progressed to play in the 1 A League. “At both clubs I was the player/coach,” he says.

Newman played with former Protea players like Dave Callaghan, Roger Telemachus, Henry Williams, Louis Koen, Adrian Kuiper and many provincial cricketers.

“I was an all-rounder but was never recognised as one. I admired Hansie Cronje because he was a great leader and a brilliant cricketer but the West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner was the inspiration for my bowling.

“My best batting partner was Hilton Solomons, also a teacher and former Paarl Cricket Club player,” he says.

Newman says what he is looking forward to the most in the World Cup is showing his abilities as an all-rounder and helping SA make the final. “If we can win the World Cup, something that was never achieved since the inception, it will be a great achievement. I believe, with this team, we can do it,” Newman says.

He played against Nazeem White in the old apartheid era and met him at school level already. Now they are both in the SA team.

“We had our first training session last week and on Sunday 8 March we played a friendly match against the Windies.”

When Newman played for Boland under the late Bob Woolmer, the then head coach, gave him some valuable advice. “He said cricket is not everything and that you must have something to fall back on and give back to your community. He also said you should employ yourself as a cricket coach and do your coaching levels in order to become the best coach in the world,” Newman says.

Teams he played against in the early 90s are Transvaal – when he made his debut as a Boland player – Northern Transvaal, Free State, Natal, Eastern Province, Namibia, Zimbabwe and overseas touring sides.

“One of my memories of Alan Donald, our head coach now, is when he came back from an injury in Bloemfontein and he almost took off my head with his bouncers. I top-edged the ball for a six and scored 23 out of the 93 runs we made against the Free State,” he chuckles.

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