Oakdale Agricultural High School from Riversdale, who is better known as a top rugby school, confirmed their dominance at school’s cricket in the province when they won the U-19 Super League and U-15 Super League titles. Oakhill School from Knysna retained the U/19 Coca-Cola Twenty 20 title against Oakdale but they again failed to qualify for the national competition.
In the U-19 Super League Oakdale (218/7) won the title when they were defeated Glenwood House (155 all out) by 63 runs in the final. In the U-15 competition Oakdale (73/3), like in the U-19 league, also claimed the honours with a comprehensive 7 wicket victory against Glenwood (73 all out). Oakdale ‘B’ (160/9) won the U-19 Promotion League when they defeated, Knysna High (156 all out) by one wicket. The D’Almeida Hub from Mossel Bay chased down a modest winning target (112/2) to won the U-15 Promotion League against Outeniqua ‘B’ (110 all out) for a comprehensive 8 wicket victory.
Oakhill defeated Oakdale in the T20 final that was played at the REC Ground in Oudtshoorn. Athi Kwitshana (74) was the batting hero for Oakhill who posted 134/9 and thereafter dismissed Oakdale for 84 for a convincing 50 runs victory. In the plate final, Sao Bras (112 all out) from Mossel Bay defeated Fezikele (83 all out) from Bridgton in Oudtshoorn by 29 runs. Thirty-two schools participated in this popular competition.
Brian Jack, from Sentraal High in Beaufort West, who scored a total of 424 runs with a highest score of 143*, was the top batsman in the T20 competition whilst Lando Olckers from Sao Bras Secondary School who took 18 wickets with the best figures of 7/0 was the top bowler in this competition.
Septimus Dercksen (203 runs), from Sentraal High, was the top batsman in the U-15 Super League and Ruben Groenewald (Glenwood House) who claimed the most wickets in the league – 13 wickets – with a best bowling analysis of 5/23 the top bowler in the league.
In the U-19 Super League, all-rounder Brian Jack, was the outstanding batsman and scored a total of 298 runs with a highest score of 135. He, like in 2015/16, also claimed the accolade as bowler of the season when he took 20 wickets with the best figures of 5/44.
At the national cricket tournaments of CSA the SWD representative schools teams produced satisfactory performances thanks to an inspiring performance by the U-15 provincial team. A good individual performance by Jean du Plessis from Glenwood House at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week in Bloemfontein was rewarded with an inclusion as captain in the SA Colts team after he achieved the same accolade in 2015.
Du Plessis was the SWD High Schools player of the season, his brother Arnaud du Plessis (also from Glenwood House) who excelled with outstanding versatile performances at the CSA U-13 National Week, the Primary School’s cricketer of the year and Annerie Dercksen (Sentraal High School) was the Girl’s Schools cricketer of the season after she received the same award in 2015.
One-hundred-and-Fifty-Nine (165) primary schools and 70 high schools actively participate in the province’s most popular summer sport code. In the mini cricket program 4,782 boys and 2,210 boys participate from 213 schools and is supported by 352 active coaches in the system.