Wednesday, December 26, 2012


For the past three years, KFC has been an integral part of the South African cricket family with their sponsorship of the KFC Mini-Cricket programme. From this sound foundation, it was announced recently that they will now extending their role in SA cricket as the title sponsor for this summer’s two T20 International Series’ against New Zealand and Pakistan.

In addition, KFC will also be an associate sponsor for the international and franchise T20 competitions for the next three years. This sponsorship secures KFC’s involvement at the highest level in SA cricket, and provides exciting opportunities for youngsters involved in the KFC Mini-Cricket programme.

David Timm – Chief Marketing Officer, KFC South Africa – commented: “KFC, through the Mini-Cricket programme, promotes an active and balanced lifestyle amongst young boys and girls. Over 100 000 children already partake in the programme across South Africa annually. With KFC now sponsoring cricket at the highest level we hope to make the experience even more meaningful to the cricketers of the future.”

The KFC T20 International Series will give KFC Mini-Cricketers exposure to first-class cricket as well as the opportunity to meet the Proteas, encouraging those already in the programme to continue playing the game and attracting others who want to join in. Since September, KFC has been searching for KFC Mini-Cricket kid ambassadors who will be able to interact with their Protea heroes as player escorts, ball boys as well as being part of the coin toss.

The KFC Mini-Cricketers selected to be a part of the action in the second KFC T20 International against New Zealand in East London hail from the East London Central regions. 

KFC will also enhance the experience for kids in the stadia by providing KFC Action Zones at all international and domestic T20 games this summer where kids can have fun testing their skills while watching the games.

As the Proteas focus on ensuring the 2012/13 season is a huge success, KFC looks set to ensure that the future Abs, Dales, JPs and Hashims also get a taste for cricket at the highest level and can participate in a game that all South Africans enjoy together.

About KFC Mini-Cricket

·         KFC partnered with Cricket South African in 2010 to build the mini-cricket programme and get more children active.

·         Currently, there are more than 100 000 kids from 4 500 schools, and just over 7 000 coaches involved in KFC Mini-Cricket.

·         KFC Mini-Cricket consists of fast, scaled-down games with eight children per team, which can be played on any reasonably flat surface with a soft ball. All players get a chance to bat, bowl, field, and keep wicket during the course of a game.

·         KFC Mini-Cricket is the first step in Cricket South Africa’s pipeline to the Proteas.


Friday, December 21, 2012


Western Province (WP) came out on top in the final day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Under-19 Week in Potchefstroom and remained the only side with an unbeaten record. They beat Gauteng by four wickets in the main match of the tournament at Senwes Park Stadium to ensure they finish the tournament with victories in all of their matches.

Gauteng’s opening batsman, Wesley Coulentianos (73) was the main contributor with the bat for his team. He helped them to reach 218 in their allotted 50 overs.

In reply, WP's opening partnership of Dale Brander (39) and Keagan Smith (54) laid the foundation with their partnership of 85 runs. Captain, David Beddinham (45) and Jason Smith (32) also weighed in to secure the victory.

Border’s spin bowler, Hlumelo Notoko (3/19) grabbed a hat-trick of wickets in his side's match against Boland. He caught his first victim, Adrian du Toit (29) from his own bowling before dismissing Hanno Kotze with the next delivery. Kotze was clean bowled with the last delivery of the 18th over. Notoko then got rid of David Stofberg with his next delivery, the first of the 20th over with Yamkela Oliphant assisting with the catch behind the stumps. 

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) recorded a mammoth victory of 199 runs against Easterns on the final day. KZN posted an imposing 325/5 in their allotted overs thanks to half-centuries from Senuran Muthusamy (89), Dudu Zondo (85) and Tyler Trenoweth (51).

Easterns struggled with the chase as five of their first six batsmen could not managing to get off the mark. Of all of them, only Wesley Marshall (30) was able to give some resistance with the bat. Divan Posthumus’ (61) half-century got Easterns to a more respectable score. 

Free State finished their week on a high thanks to their captain, Ruben Bouwer’s match winning performance against Mpumalanga. Bouwer (78) was his side’s best performer with both bat and ball. He and Ryan du Plessis (60) shared a 122-run partnership over the fifth wicket to secure an emphatic 117-run victory.

Two players, Marko Barnard (Mpumalanga) and Luc Maingard (KwaZulu-Natal Inland) managed to bag five-wicket hauls. Barnard dismissed five Free State batsmen for 52 runs, while Maingard sent five Eastern Province batsmen packing for an excellent 13 runs.

Boland vs Border
Boland 219/6 (Maree 36, Cyster 34, Dill 50; Notoko 3/19)
Border 163 (Niemand 29*, Sigwili 22; Nel 4/29, Fortuin 2/22, Loubser 2/33)
Boland won by 56 runs

Free State vs Mpumalanga
Free State 275/9 (Bouwer 78, du Plessis 60, Roberts 44; Beyleveld 3/60, Barnard 5/52)
Mpumalanga 158/9 (Khoza 20*, Barnard 21, Coetzee 23, Joubert 26; Ntshona 3/32, Bouwer 3/21)
Free State won by 117 runs

Griqualand West vs Limpopo
Griqualand West 217 (Bruwer 69, Pitchers 37; Ngwenya 3/52)
Limpopo 218/7 (Coetzee 60, Koekemoer 64, Koen 42; Bezuidenhout 3/41, Bok 2/38)
Limpopo won by 3 wickets

KwaZulu-Natal Inland vs Eastern Province
Eastern Province 198 (Brown 53; Maingard 5/13)
KZN Inland 201/4 (Anderson 81*, Robinson 22, Oldfield 50, Maingard 24*)
KZN Inland won by 6 wickets

KwaZulu-Natal Coastal vs Easterns
KwaZulu-Natal 325/5 (Trenoweth 51, Zondo 85, Muthusamy 89)
Easterns 126 (Marshall 30, Postumus 61*; Madwe 3/17, Simmonds 2/39, Kirsten 2/37)
KZN Coastal won by 199 runs

South Western Districts vs Northerns
Northerns 129 (du Plooy 27, Morata 27, Mahlakoane 27; Pieters 4/14)
SWD 109 (Visagie 24, van der Horst 20; Bosch 3/32, du Plooy 3/21)
Northerns won by 20 runs

Gauteng vs Western Province
Gauteng 218 (Coulentianos 73, Mogotsi 33; Christians 3/35)
Western Province 222/6 (Brander 39, K Smith 54, Bedingham 45, J Smith 32)
Western Province won by 4 wickets

Namibia vs North West
Namibia 202 (Raw 37, du Preez 79; Matlhare 3/15)
North West 168 (Viljoen 34, de Beer 30, Modise 31; Wessells 3/22)
Namibia won by 34

Most Runs
Koekemoer (Limpopo)   Runs: 298  Ave: 59.6
Anderson (KZN Inland) Runs: 264  Ave: 66
Oldfield (KZN Internal) Runs: 262  Ave: 52.4
Bruwer (Griquas)         Runs: 245  Ave:49
Heunis (SWD)              Runs: 231  Ave:38.5

Most Wickets
du Pavillon (KZN Inland) Wickets: 17 Ave:6.52
Nel (Boland)                   Wickets: 15 Ave:10.93
Moolman (SWD)             Wickets 14: Ave:8
Wessells (Namibia)        Wickets: 14 Ave:10.28
Pieters (SWD)               Wickets: 14 Ave:10.71
Mahmood (KZN Inland)  Wickets:14 Ave:15.07

Highest Scores
Bruwer (Griquas)       128
Snyman (Easterns)    115
Smit (Northerns)        100
Oldfield (KZN Inland) 100*
Oldfield (KZN Inland)   99

Best Bowling
du Pavillon (KZN Inland)  7/18
du Pavillon (KZN Inland)  6/27
Mahmood   (KZN Inland)  6/43
Maingard   (KZN Inland)  5/13
Moolman    (KZN Inland)  5/16

Centuries Scored = 4
5 wickets or  more = 10
Highest Team Score = KZN Coastal 325/5 against Easterns
Lowest Team Score = SWD 50 all out against Free State


Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday, announced the South Africa Schools XI team after a lavish closing ceremony of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Potchefstroom.

Rosier, who was the Player of the Tournament in 2011 is humbled by his selection and his appointment as captain; "I feel privileged and proud to be captain, it's been a week of mixed emotions for me and I'm really happy to receive this honor. This is a big confidence booster for me going into the CSA Cubs Week next year and I know that the hard work starts tomorrow when we face the Dragons," he said.

The SA Schools team will take on the North West Powerade Dragons at Senwes Park at 10am.

CSA Youth Cricket Manager, Niels Momberg is a happy with the performances of the players during the Week and is also pleased by the quality of cricket that was on display.

"The function this evening brought to an end a fantastic week of cricket. I'm very happy with the team selected and I believe they have what it takes to beat the Dragons tomorrow," he commented.

Daryn Dupavillon was the big winner of the evening, he received the Leading Wicket Taker award as well as the coveted Player of the Tournament award.

"This has been an amazing week for me," he said. "I've worked really hard to get here and it's really satisfying to reap the rewards."

South African Schools XI - 2012
Diego Rosier – captain (Noord-Kaap – Griqualand West)
Shakier Abrahams (Grey Boys’ High School – Eastern Province)
Wesley Coulentianos (St. John’s College – Gauteng)
Daryn Du Pavillon (Maritzburg College – KwaZulu-Natal Inland)
Clyde Fortuin (St. Joseph’s College – Western Province)
Craig Kirsten (Kearsney College – KwaZulu-Natal)
Greg Oldfield (Michaelhouse – KwaZulu-Natal Inland)
Vasili Orros (Grey College – Free State)
Shaylen Pillay (King Edward VII – Gauteng)
Ngazibini Sigwili (Hudson Park – Border)
 Jason Smith (Wynberg Boys’ High – Western Province)
Anrich Nortjé (Brandwag – Eastern Province)

Manager:Mr. Shaheed Khan (Western Cape Sport School – Western Province)
Coach:Mr. Mike Bechet (Maritzburg College – KwaZulu-Natal Inland)
 Umpires: Abdullah Steenkamp (Western Province) and Tobie Retief (Northerns)

South African Schools Colts
David Beddingham (Wynberg Western Province)
Mphetho Bidli (King Edward, Gauteng)
Corbin Bosch (Pretoria Boys’ High, Northerns)
Kirwan Christoffels (Queens College, Border)
Justin Dill (Paul Roos Gimnasium, Boland)
Juan Heunis (langenhoven Gimnasoum, SWD)
Tian Koekemoer (Merensky, Limpopo)
Kyle Simmonds (Westville, KwaZulu-Natal)
Kagiso Radaba (St Stithians, Gauteng)
Yaseem Valli (King Edward, Gauteng)
Hayes Van der Berg (Rondebosch Western Province)
Sohail Mahmood (Maritzburg College, KwaZulu-Natal)

Coca-Cola Show Your Class Awards:

Leading Run scorer –Tian Koekemoer
Leading Wicket Taker –Daryn Du Pavillon
Leading Allrounder –Shaylen Pillay
Wicket keeper of the Week – Clyde Fortuin

Player of the Tournament –Daryn Du Pavillon

South African Colts XI

South African Schools XI

Thursday, December 20, 2012


KwaZulu-Natal Inland bowler, Daryn du Pavillon, produced what could arguably be the best bowling performance in the 70 years of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Under-19 Week. He picked up and outstanding seven wickets for just 18 runs in his side’s limited overs match against hosts, North West on Day Four of the tournament held in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.
He removed the last North West batsman on the second last delivery of his seventh over to restrict them to 75 runs after having dispatched the four frontline batsmen, leaving them struggling on 27/4. Inland won the match by an resounding 161 runs.
Du Pavillon’s bowling figures are without a doubt, the best since 1983. The previous record (after 1983) was held by seam bowler Simon Minnaar of Western Province (WP) who removed seven of Mpumalanga’s batsmen for 26 during the 2004 tournament in Pretoria. In the same match a certain Richard Levi (122) scored a century for WP.
Inland’s Greg Oldfield (100*) has sent a blaring signal to the national selectors. He reached his century from the last delivery of his side’s innings. He missed out narrowly on another century earlier in the week against Griqualand West (Griquas) when he was dismissed on 99.
The main match of the Week will be played between WP and Gauteng at Senwes Park Stadium tomorrow. They are the only unbeaten sides left. WP is also the only side left in the tournament that managed to win all its games.
They kept their unbeaten record thanks to a fourth wicket partnership of 119 runs between Hayes van der Berg (89) and Jason Smith (52) to beat Eastern Province (EP) by four wickets. EP set WP a target of 262 for victory with Andrew Rushmere (89) being the main contributor.
The highest individual innings of the fourth day was scored by Easterns’ Jurie Snyman (115) against Limpopo. He struck 16 fours and a six to help his side to victory.
Eastern Province vs Western Province
Eastern Province 261 (Osborne 24, Rushmere 89, Brown 49, Conradie 30; Vorster 3/38, Mather 3/42)
Western Province 262/6 (Van der Berg 89, Bedingham 29, Smith 52, Hamza 47 not out; Budaza 3/36)
Western Province won by four wickets
Boland vs Northerns
Boland 229/8 (Fortuin 43, Stofberg 54, Kotze 26, Maree 58; Snyman 3/39)
Northerns 187 (Smit 62, Snyman 89; Dill 4/30, Nel 4/28)
Boland won by 39 runs
Free State vs Griqualand West
Free State 195/8 (Olivier 20, Galhenage 22, Orros 59, Bouwer 22, Roberts 23; Brooker 2/41, Du Plessis 2/23)
Griquas 182 (Arends 37, Rosier 52, Mohale 31; Ntshona 3/27, Olivier 3/49)
Free State won by 13 runs
Gauteng vs Border
Gauteng 242/7 (Coulentianos 48, Gruskin 25, Pillay 37, Valli 41, Dial 48; Tyebilo 2/28)
Border 205 (Christoffels 39, Nyaku 29, Niemand 61 not out; Thlokwe 2/27, Kruger 2/26, Valli 2/41, Dial 2/39)
Gauteng won by 37 runs
Mpumalanga vs KwaZulu-Natal
Mpumalanga 163 (Barnard 44, Coetzee 24, Van Rensburg 22, Kirsten 2/38, Makhanya 3/29)
KwaZulu-Natal 167/7 (Treoweth 24, Simmonds 32 not out, Smith 31 not out; Nkosi 2/46, Barnard 2/13)
KwaZulu-Natal won by three wickets
Easterns vs Limpopo
Easterns 312/7 (Du Plooy 27, Snyman 115, Marshall 46, Zweni 42, Zondi 25; Fourie 2/34, Naude 3/43)
Limpopo 133 (Ngwenya 23, Apdea-Adu 43; Moore 3/20, Posthumus 2/18, Du Plooy 2/44)
Easterns won by 179 runs
Kwa-Zulu-Natal vs North West
KwaZulu-Natal Inland 236/8 (Pyne-James 52, Anderson 35, Oldfield 100, Ngidi 23 not out; De Beer 2/34, Naude 3/43)
North West 75 (Viljoen 19, Pretorius 19 not out; Du Pavillon 7/18, Mahmood 2/15)
KwaZulu-Natal Inland won by 161 runs
South Western Districts vs Namibia
SWD 259/8 (Spies 48, Visagie 24, Stander 51, Heunis 32, Van der Horst 33, Oberholzer 23; Wessels 3/43)
Namibia 92 (Baard 41; Oberholzer 3/15, Moolman 2/21, Moos 3/7)
SWD won by 167 runs
Western Province v Gauteng (Senwes Park)
Boland v Border (Puk Oval)
KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Eastern Province (Puk Ibbies)
KwaZulu-Natal v Easterns (Witrand)
Northerns v SWD (Potch Boys’ High)
Free State v Mpumalanga (Potch Gimnasium)
Griquas v Limpopo (Defence)
Northwest v Nambia (HTS Potchefstroom)

The pictures were given to us by @hssmza and @ddupavillon

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


The only two teams who have won all their matches at the end of day three of the 2012 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Under-19 Week in Potchefstroom are Western Province (WP) and Border.  Gauteng is the only other team that also boasts an undefeated record in the tournament so far. Their first match of the tournament ended in a draw against Griqualand West.

The 16 teams played two Twenty20 matches each on Wednesday.  Only four of the teams namely;  WP; Border; Eastern Province and Gauteng managed to pick up victories in both of their matches.

WP were given a proper scare in their first match against South Western Districts (SWD). Western Province could only win the match by two runs. The team had its unbeaten status secured with a 41 run victory over Free State in his second match of the day.

The most exciting match of the day was definitely the between Border and KwaZulu-Natal Inland at Senwes Park. Inland’s captain, Robert Anderson lead his team from the front with an unbeaten 61 runs from only 51 deliveries. He was supported by Luc Maingard who weighed in with 46 runs.

Border’s captain and opening batsman, Kirwan Christoffels (41, 30b) continued his good form with the bat and laid a good foundation for his team's attempt to keep its undefeated status. Border needed three runs from the last over of Kerwin Mungroo to secure victory. Mungroo bowled well and managed to put the pressure back on Border with them needing two runs from the last delivery.

Runé Oosthuizen (21 *) struck the last delivery through midwicket past the inner ring and ran the through for the two needed runs.

The best performance by a player on the day was by South Western Districts' Arno Moolman. The seamer picked up five wickets while conceding a mere 16 runs. His performance helped his side defeat KwaZulu-Natal by 51 runs.


Round 2

Western Province 127/6 (David Beddingham 28, Clyde Fortuin 26; Vasili Orros 2/8, Hanco Olivier 2/16); Free State 86 (Ryan du Plessis 21).

Western Province won by 41 runs.

North West 105 (Pieter Knoetze 21 (14b), Rupert Viljoen 20; Bjorn Fortuin 3/7, Curtley Louw 2/16); Boland 89 (Zeeko Alexander 17 (14b); Shane de Beer 3/7, Gerald Ngwenyana 3/22). North West won by 16 runs.

Eastern Province 171/5 (Shaun Osborne 58 (46b), Curtis Samboer 42 (36b), Bradley Bopp 37* (17b); Nhlanha Nkosi 2/29); Mpumalanga 107 (Carus van Rensburg 30 (20b); Anrich Nortjé 2/15, Shaakir Abrahams 2/19). Eastern Province won by 64 runs.

Gauteng 136/6 (Shaylen Pillay 51 (46b); Jurie Snyman 3/25); Easterns

103/9 (Antonie Muller 48 (47b); Yaseen Valli 3/13, Steven McIntyre 2/11). Gauteng won by 33 runs.

Northerns 136/6 (Jacobus Pienaar 32 * (16b); Bruce Siburi 3/28); Limpopo 114/4 (Landré Coetzee 46 (42b), Tian Koekemoer 37). Northerns won by 22 runs.

South Western Districts 152/5 (Morné Visagie 63 (48b), Juan Heunis 31 (18b); Luke Schlemmer 2/35); KwaZulu-Natal 101 (Taariq Booley 31*; Arno Moolman 5/16). South Western Districts won by 51 runs.

Griqualand West 109/3 (Sergio Arends 44, Diego Rosier 30; JJ Smit 1/4); Namibia 97/8 (Michau du Preez 39; Aiden Brooker 3/11).

Griqualand West won by 12 runs.

KwaZulu-Natal Inland 143/4 (Robert Anderson 63* (51b), L Maingard 46 (44b); Onke Nyaku 2/20); Border 144/7 (Kirwan Christoffels 41 (30b), Tim Niemand 22 (19b), Runé Oosthuizen 21* (20b); Darryn du Pavillon 1/16). Border won by three wickets.

Kirwan Christoffels from Border

Tim Niemand of Border dives to make his ground against KZN Inland

Koketso Mokoena of Easterns attempting to bowl out Gauteng

Yaseem Valli from Gauteng takes 3 wickets against Easterns


Morning Games
Western Province vs South Western Districts
Western Province 154/6 (Van den Berg 71, Fortuin 41; Pieters 2/22, Moolman 2/27). SWD 152/7 (Spies 49, Stander 24, Heunis 46; Van den Berg 2/34). Western Province won by two runs.

Northerns vs Mpumalanga
Northerns 141 (Anderson 21, Bosch 42, Mugame 20; Khoza 3/27, Nkozi 2/16, Zwane 2/17). Mpumalanga 142/3 (Schraader 23, Walters 24, Van Rensburg 52 not out, Barnard 32 not oit). Mpumalanga won by seven wickets.

Griqualand West vs Border
Griquas 65 (Mohale 22; Nyaku 2/22, Sigwili 2/10, Elembi 2/4, Christoffels 2/7). Border 67/1 (Christoffels 27 not out, Olifant 23). Border won by nine wickets.

KwaZulu-Natal vs Free State
KwaZulu-Natal 156/6 (Trenoeth 50, Zondo 34, Orros 3/19, Ntshona 2/26). Free State 146/9 (Ntshona 27, Van Dyk 34 not out; Schlemmer 3/23, Makhanya 3/31). KwaZulu-Natal won by 10 runs.

Easterns vs Boland
Easterns 104/6 (Snyman 43, Themane 28; Nel 3/17, Loubser 3/20). Boland 107/0 (Fortuin 31 not out, Kotze 67 not out). Boland won by 10 wickets.

Gauteng vs North West
Gauteng 173/7 (Dial 86, Valli 25; Pretorius 3/28, Sereo 2/26). North West 159/9 (Viljoen 69, De Beer 26, Modise 35; Radaba 3/26, Valli 4/30). Gauteng won by 14 runs.

Eastern Province vs Limpopo
Eastern Province 153/5 (Osborne 58 not out, Conradoe 25; Ngwenya 3/36). Limpopo 119/3 (Koekemoer 65 not out, Ngwenya 20). Eastern Province won by 34 runs.

Namibia vs KwaZulu-Natal Inland
Namibia 113/4 (Du Preez 51 not out, Erasmus 26; Du Pavillon 2/33, Zuma 2/8). KwaZulu-Natal Inland 104/8 (Anderson 36; Wessels 4/22). Namibia won by nine runs.

Afternoon Games
South Western Districts vs KwaZulu-Natal
SWD152/5 (Spies 25, Visagie 63, Stander 22, Heunis 31; Schlemmer 2/35). KwaZulu-Natal 101 (Muthusamy 22 Booley 31 not out; Oberholzer 2/15, Moolman 5/16). SWD won by 51 runs.

Gauteng vs Easterns
Gauteng 136/6 (Mogotsi 21, Pillay 51, Snyman 3/25). Easterns 103/9 (Muller 48, Valli 3/13, McIntyre 2/11). Gauteng won by 33 runs.

North West vs Boland
North West 105 (Viljoen 20, Knoetze 21; Schutte 2/19, Louw 2/16, Fortuin 3/7). Boland 89 (Louw 16; De Beer 3/7, Ngwenyama 3/22). North West won by 16 runs.

Eastern Province vs Mpumalanga
Eastern Province 171/5 (Samboer 42, Osborne 58, Bopp 37 not out). Mpumalanga 107 (Walters 27, Van Rensburg 30, Barnard 24; Nortje 2/15, Abrahams 2/16). Eastern Province won by 64 runs.

Northerns vs Limpopo
Northerns 136/6 (Mahlokoane 25 not out, Pienaar 32 not out; Siburu 3/28). Limpopo 114/4 (Coetsee 46, Koekemoer 37). Northerns won by 22 runs.

KwaZulu-Natal Inland vs Border
KwaZulu-Natal Inland 143/4 (Anderson 63 not out, Maingard 46; Nyaku 2/20). Border 144/7 (Christoffels 41, Niemand 22, Oosthuizen 21 not out; D du Pavillon 2/16). Border won by three wickets.

Western Province vs Free State
Western Province 127/6 (Bedingham 28, Fortuin 26; Olivier 2/16, Orros 2/8). Free State 86 (Du Plessis 21; Smith 3/12). Western Province won by 41 runs.

Griquas vs Namibia
Griquas 109/3 (Arends 44, Rosier 30). Namibia 97/8 (Raw 21, Du Preez 39; Brooker 3/11, Mohale 2/14). Griquas won by 12 runs.

Today’s Fixtures
Western Province v Eastern Province (Puk Oval), Gauteng v Border (Puk Ibbies), Boland v Northerns (Witrand), KwaZulu-Natal v Mpumalanga (Potchefstroom Boys’ High), Free State v Griqualand West (Potchefstroom Gimnasium), Easterns v Limpopo (Defence), SWD v Namibia (HTS Potchefstroom), North West v KwaZulu-Natal Inland (Puk Soccer Oval).


There is always a tremendous amount of activity going on behind the scenes at an event like the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola cricket week, and one of the less noticed is the way in which the tournament is used as a development and training opportunity for the country’s top up-and-coming umpires.
Running the umpire operation at the week in Potchefstroom this year are Murray Brown, Rudi Birkenstock and Sivuyile Mqingwana. Brown is one of the top middle men in the country and this is the fifth time that he has fulfilled this role at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week.
“Being here is a very important step in the development curve of our top young umpires,” he says. “This is the first occasion on the cricket ladders at which Cricket South Africa appoints the umpires and it plays a major role in the talent identification process.”
Typically, the umpires in action here will have been identified by their home associations and sent to one of the lower weeks like the under-13s or under-15s and they will have been spotted there as potential first class officials and brought into the system.
At the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week Brown, Birkenstock and Mqingwa take the umpires under their wing and monitor, evaluate and advise them on a daily basis. “There are daily group meetings and one-on-one feedback sessions throughout the week and at the end we send a report on each umpire to Cricket South Africa,” Brown says.
“We use the captains’ match evaluations and listen to the comments of the selectors and other experienced cricket people who are at the week and are watching the matches.”
Birkenstock says they are happy with the standard of this year’s group. “It’s early days, but we have seen a number of umpires who look ready to take the next step up the ladder,” he says.
“Standing in first class cricket is still some way off, but we use this week as an opportunity to work on the core competencies of umpiring: decision-making, player management, knowledge of the laws and playing conditions, communication, on-field behaviour and coping with pressure.
“We are fortunate to have weeks like this where we can have a group of potential top umpires together to learn from each other, build team spirit and face five days of pressure.”
At the end of the week two top-rated umpires will stand in the SA Schools game, and the next two will take charge of the SA Schools Colts game.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Two centuries were scored in the afternoon session of the second day of the timed cricket phase in the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 Week.  Griqualand West’s (Griquas) GM Bruwer (128) and Northerns’ Johann Smit (100 *) ended the run drought in Potchefstroom.

The day's limelight was however stolen by Mpumalanga’s Blake Schraader, who produced an excellent all-round performance against Limpopo to give his side an emphatic nine-wicket victory. He struck an unbeaten 85 runs from just 28. He and Chris Coetzee (45) helped their side to produce the goods.

Limpopo batted first and managed 176 with Mpumalanga’s spinner Wehan Joubert picking up five wickets. In turn, they were restricted to  110 runs in their innings. Limpopo, getting a sniff of a possible victory, declared their second innings on 64/5, Schraader (2/0) was the pick of Mpumalanga’s bowlers.

Johann Smit hit his century from 106 deliveries which helped his side to the second resounding victory of the day against Eastern Province (EP).  He struck 13 boundaries.

GM Bruwer fought a solitary battle against KwaZulu-Natal Inland. He scored all but 59 of his team’s runs. It was however, not enough to save them from defeat. Most of the batting line-up struggled in the morning session with last year’s South African Schools’ opening bowler, Craig Kirsten (5/33) leading the pack. Wehan Joubert (5/35) also picked up a five-wicket haul. The best bowling performance of the day belonged to KwaZulu-Natal Inland’s, Darryn du Pavillon. He grabbed six wickets for only 27 runs against Griqualand West.

Border’s opening bowlers, Ngazibini Sigwili (4/17) and Aphiwe Elembi (2/10) had Nambia in deep trouble, removing their first four batsmen without any of them managing to score a run. There was nevertheless, one run on the scoreboard when they lost their wickets thanks to a bye.  Border won the match on the first innings.

Vasili Orros (77) and Sachinta Galhenhage (29) shared a 97-run partnership for the sixth wicket which saved the Free State from being bowled out for an embarrassing total in their match against the South Western Districts (SWD). The two joined each other at the crease with the score at 37/5. After Galhenhage was trapped leg before wicket by spinner Lance Roelofse, Free State could add only eight runs to their total before being bowled out. Free State returned to bundle SWD out for a mere 50 runs.


Monday, December 17, 2012


­Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Morgan Pillay’s 50th birthday. The honorary organising secretary of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola cricket week finds himself in Potchefstroom for the occasion - a long way from his family and home – but that’s the way it has been for the last 20 years in a row and hopes it’s going to be that way for a couple of years still.

December 18th always falls in the middle of South Africa’s biggest schoolboy cricket tournament and Morgan has been passionately involved.  First he was part of the organising committee and 17 years ago was made the permanent organising secretary.

“It’s tough being away from home of course,” he says, “but I get to spend my birthday every year surrounded by the many great friends that I have made at this week and in the service of the youth, which is what I am really passionate about.”

Pillay is a Mathematics teacher by profession and is deeply involved in schools and youth cricket in the KwaZulu-Natal Inland region. He has been manager of the South African under-19 team every year since 1995 and, he says, nothing makes him happier than being involved with young people.

He also sees his ongoing service as a tribute to his great friend, the late Khaya Majola.

“Khaya always gave me 100% of his attention when I was with him and he gave me so much advice on both cricket and life. The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week is his living legacy and I am proud to be part of it,” he says.

Morgan Pillay is only the fourth organizing secretary since Coca-Cola came on board 34 years ago. His wish is to get to 21 years of service, but no-one here is betting against him celebrating his 60th birthday at the Khaya Majola in 10 years time.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

2012 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week Day 1 Results

The first day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket week belonged to the spinners. Three of the four top bowlers on the first day were spinners. KwaZulu-Natal Inland’s Sohail Mahmood and Eastern Province's Shaakir Abrahams was the only bowlers managed to grab five-wicket hauls. Both of them being spin bowlers.

The best bowling performance of the day belonged to Mahmood. He got rid of six of Boland's batsmen for 43 runs. However, his performance was not enough to save his team from a defeat. KZN Inland batted first and managed a mere 77 runs before being bundled out. Boland recorded

187/9 before declaring their innings closed. Inland captain Robert Anderson (47 *) produced a true captain’s innings to deny Boland an outright victory.

Eastern Province defeated KwaZulu-Natal on the first innings thanks to Abrahams’ bowling. KwaZulu-Natal was in a strong position on 94/2 before Eastern Province decided to give Abrahams (5/47) a bowl.

Abrahams was the sixth bowler used by Eastern Province.

KwaZulu-Natal's spinner, Kyle Simmonds produced a valiant allround performance in the match. He contributed 31 runs to his team’s total before taking four wickets while conceding 46 runs t finish with the fourth best bowling figures for the day.

There were also quite a few batsmen who managed to record half-centuries on the first day. Western Province's David Beddingham stood out with an impressive 75 runs he scored against Northerns at Senwes Park. He faced 72 deliveries of which he dispatched 12 to the boundary of which one was a six just after reaching his half-century.

Northerns’ left-handed batsman, Leus du Plooy also impressed with his batting performance in the match. He recorded 47 runs in the first innings before being run out and followed it up with an unbeaten 26 in the second innings. Western Province won the match on the first innings. Beddingham and wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin (52), a partnership of shared 96 runs for the fifth wicket. The two at a rate of just less than seven runs per over batting.

The highest score of the day was scored by Juan Heunis (92) of South Western Districts just missing out on his century against Mpumalanga.

He hit eight fours and five sixes while at the crease. He was caught by Sizwe Zwane off Max Khoza’s (3/46) bowling.

The match between Free State and Limpopo ended in a draw. Free State's Hanco Olivier (58) and Sachinta Galhenhage (56) scored half-centuries.

The two had a partnership of 102 runs for the second wicket and helped their team shared his innings at 213/6 was declared. Limpopo's Tian Koekemoer (85) helped his side to record 192/7 at the close of play to secure the draw.
The hosts, Northwest lost against Border on the first innings. They got restricted to 124 in their first innings. Craig Sansom (87) was the hero for Border with his half-century.

Northerns first innings 167 (Leus du Plooy 47; Imtiyaaz Groenewald 3/31); Western Province first innings 194 (David Beddingham 75, Clyde Fortuin 53; Corbin Bosch 4/51); Northerns second innings 30/0 (Leus du Plooy 26*). Western Province won on first innings.
KwaZulu-Natal first innings 171 (Dudu Zondo 34, Senuran Muthusamy 34, Kyle Simmonds 31; Shaakir Abrahams 5/47); Eastern Province first innings 181/9 decl. (Thomas Hobson 37, Andrew Rushmere 33; Kyle Simmonds 4/46, Senuran Muthusamy 3/37). Eastern Province won on first innings.
Griqualand West first innings 235/9 decl. (Aiden Brooker 53*, Kagiso Mohale 42, Diego Rosier 38; Shaylen Pillay 4/40, Tumelo Thlokwe 3/73); Gauteng first innings 187/6 (Lee Grustin 47, Jayden Broodryk 36*; De Wet Bezuidenhout 3/45). Match Drawn.
North West first innings 124 (Rupert Viljoen 32, Roy Harris 29*; Ngazibini Sigwili 3/17, Kirwin Christoffels 2/8); Border first innings
215 (Craig Sansom 87, Aubrey Ferreira 33; Stean Naudé 3/35). Border won on first innings.

KwaZulu-Natal Inland first innings 77 (Kyle Pyne-James 16*; Justin Dill 4/30, Curtley Louw 3/6); Boland first innings 187/9 decl. (Hanno Kotze 54, Du Toit Maree 39; Sohail Mahmood 6/43); KwaZulu-Natal Inland second innings 96/4 (Robert Anderson 47*; Justin Dill 2/10). Boland won on first innings.
Free State first innings 213/6 decl. (Hanco Olivier 58, Sachinta Galhenhage 56; Johan Fourie 3/14); Limpopo first innings 192/7 (Tian Koekemoer 85, Thomas Ngwenya 30; Heinrich Roberts 2/20). Match Drawn.
South Western Districts first innings 228/6 decl. (Juan Heunis 92, Morné Visagie 56; Max Khoza 3/46); Mpumalanga first innings 193/7 (Luan Walters 65*, Chris Coetzee 62, Yusuf Ahmed 34; Joshua Pieters 3/25). Match Drawn.
Namibia first innings 195 (Gerhard Erasmus 51, Zane Green 41; Divan Posthumus 4/34, Jurie Snyman 3/47); Easterns first innings 139/9 (Jurie Snyman 38; Bredell Wessels 3/21). Match Drawn.



In the 34 years that the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week has been going it has been staged in every major cricketing centre in the land and the playing conditions have been as varied as the cities they were played in.

Last year’s crop of future stars had to endure the grassless wickets and dusty outfields of the Western Cape winter rainfall region, and next year’s crop will be toiling away in the December heat and humidity, and on the lush outfields of the KwaZulu-Natal coastal region.

In between the two, the class of 2012 probably don’t realise how blessed they are to be playing in the largely unheralded cricketing jewel that is Potchefstroom.

Sunday’s opening matches were played in near perfect conditions – 28 degrees under a cloudless sky, with a cooling breeze – and you will struggle to find better grounds than those being used this week.

The tournament in centred at Senwes Park, the headquarters of Northwest Cricket, which is surrounded by three Northwest University fields – each one better than the next – true wickets and lighting fast outfields, where fielders can show their athleticism without fear of leaving too much skin behind.

That’s not always the case as the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week makes its round throughout the country. As the week progresses the conditions are only going to get better and one thing that’s for sure is that there are going to be plenty of runs scored in Potchefstroom this week.

Bazil Clarke, manager of professional cricket at the Northwest Union, and vice chair of the local organising committee, says that there are a number of factors that make Potch an ideal venue for a week like this. “The furthest ground is no more than five minutes away from the nerve centre at Senwes Park,” he says. “So we have been able to bring all the teams in for a proper sit down lunch each day,” he says, “and we are fortunate to have the University with its excellent facilities right here. But it’s taken a lot of hard work to get all the facilities into such excellent shape. We have been at work since January on the organisation, and the ground staff have been toiling away for months to make sure we put on a great show. I’m sure that as the week progresses the players and spectators are going to see great cricket in ideal conditions.”



The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week got off to an unusual start in Potchefstroom last night.  Instead of the young under-19’s getting on the cricket field, the captain, manager and one other player of the16 provincial teams had a ‘braai-off’ under the watchful eye of Justin Bonellos, the celebrity chef and host of the popular SABC television series, The Ultimate Braai Master.

Western Province emerged as the 2012 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week's braai masters, their prize was a braai hamper for each cook which included Justin Bonello’s Cook Book.  There was a tie for second place between hosts, North West and Eastern Province. 

How the braai competition ran was that each team was given 45 minutes to prepare a meat dish with a starch and a side dish. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Joining Justin as judges included Craig van Niekerk, Coca-Cola Marketing Assets Manager and Heinrich Strydom, Action CEO of North West Cricket. The teams were judged on preparation, creativity, flavor and presentation.

Today the cricketers are back in their comfort zone, which is showing their class on the cricket and the 2012 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week has officially started. 

“Coca-Cola are one of the sponsors of The Ultimate Braai Master and by incorporating a South African favourite pastime into the itinerary  we are giving the cricketers a perfect opportunity to relax, meet other players and build team spirit ahead of the serious action,” said van Niekerk. 

“At Coca-Cola we recognise that the future will be shaped by today’s youth and on the cricket field over the next five days we are providing the opportunity for the youth to showcase their full potential,” ended van Niekerk.