Junior Preparatory |
Cricket at St Benedict’s has certainly grown since the first game was played at St Benedict’s in 1962. St Benedict’s College played against the Maryvale Altar Boys and narrowly lost.
Father Jimmy Towell was the first cricket coach at St Benedict’s during the sixties; and later became Headmaster in 1969-1970.
The College currently accommodates three to four teams per age-group, however this number changes from year to year. The facilities match those of all the top schools in the country, with four fields with turf wickets. Numerous turf practice nets are also available for use, during practices and the Integrated days.
St Benedict’s also owns playing fields in Linbro Park and this facility boasts an additional three cricket fields with turf wickets which the Preparatory and College utilise.
In October 2006, St Benedict’s joined the Gauteng Boys Schools fixtures schedule; and now play against all the top cricketing schools in Gauteng, as well as participate in the Independent Schools Cricket Festivals.
In 2007 the College 1st team, emerged as the winners of the John Waite ‘B’ Section Trophy. Adding to this success and cricket history in the College, it was also in 2007, that saw our first double-centurion, Andrew Hipkiss scored 200 runs not out vs Potchefstroom Boys High School.
Nicolas Smit was the first provincial cricketer, selected for the Gauteng U13A team in 2006. In 2008, Nicolas was selected for the Gauteng U15A team.
In 2010, a state of the art indoor cricket centre was opened; and is arguably one of the best facilities of this kind in the country and boasts seven cricket nets with 18 metre run ups and excellent lighting. The boys are put through their paces and concentrate on all their skills needed to perform in the game. Over and above this facility, there is a batting hut next to the outdoor nets, which houses bowling machines for the boys to bat against throughout the calendar year. Boys are also encouraged to play club cricket in the local area.
Both Timothy Whitehead and Mohammed Saloojee gained Provincial selection for Gauteng in the U17 age-group.
Over the last few years, the boys have benefited from the experienced cricket coaching staff, as well as cricket professionals and ex- provincial first class cricketers. Boys are exposed to the latest coaching techniques needed in the modern game. Private cricket coaching (one on one or group coaching) and video analysis, are also made available to our boys by many of the qualified coaches at St Benedict’s.
In 2015, two College teams embarked on a three week cricket tour of Sri-Lanka. Every two years the College have the opportunity of a cricket tour overseas.
In September, 2016, St Benedict’s College were re-zoned by Cricket South Africa and now compete under the Easterns Cricket (Ekurhuleni) banner.
The U14, U15, U17 and 1st XI boys also participate in the Easterns Coke T20 Competition, including the Easterns Provincial trials in September of each year. The 1st team reached the 2016 T20 Final.
The 2016/2017 season saw no less than five of our boys gaining Provincial selection for Easterns and participated in the various National Cricket Weeks. Luke Holland who represented the Easterns U17A team, scored the second most runs in the National U17 Week last year.
In May of 2017, the College will be starting a Winter Cricket Academy for the first time in the history of cricket at St Benedict’s.
The current College Captain, Kundai Matigimu, represented the Zimbabwe U19 team at the 2016 U19 Cricket World Cup played in Bangladesh.
The cricket boys also enjoy the opportunity of playing schools from around the country, as well as across the border when they go on their annual tours and festivals, including the hosting of schools from out of province and country. We look forward to many more boys earning Provincial and National Colours in the years to come.
Senior Head Coach
B. Ludidi/M. Smit
Senior Head Coach
Junior Head Coach
Junior Technical Advisor
Senior Technical Advisor
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