The U14/A cricket team players made an encouraging start to their cricketing careers at VP. Even though there were some mixed results, there were enough encouraging signs that this team will mature into a formidable unit in the future.
We started our season with a tough encounter against Grey High at VP. It was perhaps a bit too early in the year to expect the team to perform well against a strong Grey team. Unfortunately, we lost this match but still managed to give a good account of ourselves.
We bounced back in emphatic style the following week and managed to beat Westering away after scoring 231 in just 35 overs. The highlight of this match, and potentially the season, was Josh Dodd’s magnificent innings of 120. He followed this up with a sterling innings of 56 not out against Daniel Pienaar the following week. Yet, we managed to lose this match even though we were in a commanding position.
We managed to record another victory the following week against Pearson with an excellent display in the field. Unfortunately, our season lost shape after this and we lost the next three matches against Alexander Road, Brandwag and Framesby.
Besides Josh Dodd’s batting exploits, Chad Batty and Joshuan Assam put in some fine displays with the ball. Jody Solomon also displayed incredible application whenever he came in to bat and was a livewire in the field.
There was a wonderful sense of team spirit and we are looking forward to more exciting performances from this exuberant team.
Eugene Marais Coach
The U/15A cricket team got back together in the first term to start the new cricket season with some serious fitness training to get rid of those unpleasant festive season tummies. The players had grown a little, matured a little and also improved their game a little.
Our first game of the season was against a very strong Grey U/15A side. The boys gave their all, but unfortunately Grey proved to be too strong. Notable performances on the day came from our very small off-spin bowler Lwandile Sigula, who managed to take two wickets for 26 runs in his allotted seven overs and Justin Pretorius who scored an aggressive 26 runs with the bat.
The next task was to take on a team called Mfuneko Ngam Academy, who simply love getting together to play the beautiful game. Ngam batted first scoring 41 all out, with wickets shared amongst the bowlers. V.P then went about scoring the runs in a very attacking way and Justin Pretorius again scoring a quick-fire 33 not out. V.P won this game by nine wickets.
Daniel Pienaar was next on the “list of things to do”, but unfortunately this bridge was once again just too far. After suffering a mammoth loss to them in 2009, the players applied themselves a lot better this year but failed to take the last four wickets. It is worth mentioning the bowling performance of Justin Pretorius, who took four wickets for just 16 runs in eight overs.
The boys then set out to play Pearson High School who were not as strong as was expected. They only managed to score 21 all out with Justin Pretorius once again proving to be very destructive taking no less than seven wickets for seven runs in seven overs, which included a hat-trick. The winning run was scored in the fourth over of V.P’s batting innings; with Zinzan Brown scoring 13 not out. V.P won that game by eight wickets.
Alexander Road High School proved to be no match for our U/15A’s. V.P scoring 171 all out in 39 overs. Calvin Taylor contributing 34 runs, Olwethu Msizi 25 runs and Justin Pretorius 22 runs. The bowling performance was once again top-notch and Alex only managed 63 all out in 27 overs. Bradley Clemence being the star bowler this time, picking up five wickets for just eight runs in five overs. The result, V.P winning by 108 runs.
The final match for term one was against Hoërskool Framesby, who as in 2009 was just a little too strong for our young men. They managed 142 runs in their innings with Justin Pretorius again amongst the wickets picking up three for 25 and Daniel Sutherland chipping in with two for 27. V.P unfortunately could only manage 99 all out, losing this match by 43 runs.
Overall the boys had a good season, winning three and losing three. There is a lot more to look forward to in term four as the players grow more and become even better sportsmen. It was a pleasure coaching these boys and I look forward to seeing them progress to senior level next year. All the best of luck to them for term four and for their cricketing futures.
Mr. C D Ferreira
First XI Cricket
The First XI Cricket team has had a very successful 2010 season in all the forms of the game varying from 50/50 format through to declaration cricket 60/50 and the ever more popular 20/20 cricket.
Despite starting off with a few losses early in the season the team showed great maturity and professionalism to end off on an extremely high note.
Chad Willat - Level headed captain and confident opening batsman
Jonathan Lewis - Talented opening batsman and spin bowler
Brian Upman - Very versatile player with great all rounder talent
Duncan Nel - Opening bowler, confident batsman and safe hands in the field
Bryan Greenwood - Solid Batsman, reliable under pressure and first choice spinner
Shaun Terblanche - Middle order batsman and medium pace bowler
Andrew Wells - Specialist point fielder and middle order batsman
Zihle Ntuli - Excellent fielder and talented spin bowler
Brett Cox - Opening bowler, committed fielder and lower order batsman
Mathew Deyzel - Swing bowler and scores many runs in the 20/20 format
Gerard Bennet - Middle order batsman and versatile fielder (incl.wicket keeper)
Nathi Ndazaa - Versatile batsman, good fielder and medium pace bowler
Kyle Timms - Good motivator, great energy as wicket keeper and solid
middle order batsman
vs Framesby - VP won by 5 runs
Batting - B.Upman 62 runs
C.Willat 36 runs
Bowling - Z.Ntuli 4/20
(rest of games cancelled due to rain)
vs Port Rex - VP won by 4 wickets
Bowling - D.Nel 3/24
vs Border Development - VP won by 8 wickets
Batting - C.Willat 29
- B.Greenwood 27
vs Cambridge - Game Drawn
Batting - J.Lewis 55
- S.Terblanche 48
- C.Willat 32
Bowling - B.Cox 2/15
vs Sterling High - VP won by 1 wicket
Batting - B.Upman 23
Bowling - B.Cox 3/21
- Z.Ntuli 3/20
- M.Deyzel 3/3
vs Sterling - VP won by 74 runs
Batting - B.Upman 45
Bowling - B.Greenwood 3/8
- Z.Ntuli 3/7
vs Framesby - VP lost by 9 runs
Batting - C.Willat 43
Bowling - B.Cox 3/8
- D.Nel 2/16
vs EP Development - VP won by 87 runs
Batting - J.Lewis 82
- C.Willat 35
- B.Greenwood 26
Bowling - M.Deyzel 3/13
vs Pearson (semi finals) - VP won by 8 wickets
Batting - B.Upman 59
Bowling - B.Cox 3/19
- D.Nel 3/17
vs Winterberg (finals) - VP won by 8 wickets
Batting - J.Lewis 53
- D.Nel 25
Bowling - B.Cox 2/17
PRO 20 Format – No Grade 12 players
vs Cape Receife - VP won by 10 wickets
Batting - L.Lewis 29
- G.Bennet 25
Bowling - B.Upman 6/15
vs Framesby - VP won by 7 runs
Batting - B.Upman 38
- J.Lewis 41
Bowling - B.Cox 4/14
- J.Pretorius 2/6
vs Westering - VP won by 5 wickets
Batting - B.Upman 30
- B.Cox 24
Bowling - M.Deyzel 3/14
Finals to be played against either Pearson High School or Grey High School early in 2011
Congratulations to all players on an extremely good season and I look forward to continuing on the same positive note in 2011.