2019 Cricket Awards Dinner

2019 Cricket Awards Dinner

We marked the end of the Cricket season with our annual Cricket Dinner hosted by the Cricket Focus Group at the Dainfern Country Club on 27 March 2019. All Cricket players from U9 to the High School First XI and their families were invited to celebrate the season.

The Cricket season was successful for both the Prep and High School teams. The Prep School played in the Independent Schools’ Festival in Port Elizabeth during the February mid-term and won all their games. The High School enjoyed their league games and matches against monastic schools such as St John’s, St Stithians and St David’s were arranged.

The High School toured to Treverton during February and played matches against Treverton College, Michaelhouse and Weston Agricultural College. They won all their games, with the highlight being the two matches against Michaelhouse where the team won by 40 runs and 6 wickets respectively.

The College was proud to host guest speaker and former Protea player Lungi Ngidi at the dinner. Ngidi spoke to the importance of academics, persevering despite challenges and stressed the importance of listening to coaches. The cricketers were delighted to meet him afterwards.

The Cricket captains for the Prep School 1st XI and High School First XI, Nicholas Delport and Jordan White, addressed the guests. Jordan spoke about the team’s successes and how proud he is of how the team had improved and flourished under the coaching of Mr Ray Jennings. Jordan also mentioned how the Cricket culture at the College has evolved, resulting in increased participation and success in the sport throughout the College.

In each team, cricketers were acknowledged for:

  • Best Batsman
  • Best Bowler
  • Best Fielder
  • Player’s Player of the Year
  • Coach’s Player of the Year

A highlight of the awards dinner was the Ray Jennings Awards, recognising a Junior and Senior player who demonstrated beneficial and valuable sporting attributes throughout the season such as respect for fellow players, coaches and the game, listening, ability, work ethic and all-round quality as a value-adding player. The Junior recipient was Nicholas Delport and the Senior recipient was Ockert van Stryp. Both players were gifted a Kookaburra fever blitz cricket bat.

Ms Tessa Shellard, our College Director of Sport quoted Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid who said: “I think we judge talent wrong. What do we see as talent? I think I have made the same mistake myself. We judge talent by people’s ability to strike a cricket ball. The sweetness, the timing. That’s the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, temperament, these are also talent.”

“A massive congratulations to all the players who participated so eagerly this season. The talent emerging is eminent as our Cricket culture continues to thrive,” said Ms Shellard.