The SWD Regional Performance Centre and Hubs team excelled at the Standard Bank National U/16 week that was held in Potchefstroom last week.
The team that was selected from players from the Bridgton Regional Performance Centre and Rosemoore-, D’ Almeida- and Thembalethu Hubs won three out of their four matches – including an impressive victory against Gauteng. On the last day they narrowly lost against Western Province in the final.
Geon Burns from D’Almeida Hub (as captain) and Chumani Mangqwengqwe from Thembalethu Hub was also included in the National RPC team that was selected upon completion of the competition.
“This performance is a huge compliment for the development work and quality of coaching that is taking place at our RPC and Hub program”, commented SWD Cricket Services Manager, Jonathan Beukes. “The work that is done by the respective coaches, Elridge Booysen (Bridgton RPC), Ranwill Claassen (D’ Almeida Hub), Angus Roelfse (Rosemoore Hub) and Lastword Tapfumanye (Thembalethu Hub) deserves recognition”, he said.
“The RPC and Hub program is one of the incentivised areas in the Cricket SA Operational Score Card and is a key strategic focus area of our programs which is supported with financial- and human resources”. “We are indeed proud of their performances during the past tournament as well as with the high number of players that these programs deliver for our representative teams”, said SWD Cricket President, Mr Rudy Claassen.
SWD vs Gauteng
SWD U16 RPC 278/8 (Ravin-Lee Kemmies 71*, Uston Michaels 57, Reagan Botha 37, Anoxolo Kitshini 31, Thurston Murphy 30, Tshepiso Makau 2/36, Dumisani Yika 2/35, Koketso Masethle 2/43)
GAUTENG U16 RPC 273/9 Sthabiso Luthango 98, Thshepiso Makau 82, Mohammed Khelia 33, Romario Abdolph 2/39, Liyabona Malefi 2/55)
SWD U/16 RPC won by 5 runs
SWD vs Mpumalanga
SWD U16 RPC 316 (all out) (Keenan Arries 88, Anoxolo Kitshini 51, Ravin-Lee Kemmies 42, Stanley Mei 22, Chumani Mangqwenqwe 20, Mesuli Mabandla 3/30, Siyabonga Sithole 3/42)
MPUMALANGA U/16 RPC 70 (all out) (Chumani Mangqwenqwe 3/12, Uston Michaels 2/12, Thurston Murphy 2/14)
SWD U/16 RPC won by 246 runs
SWD vs Eastern Province
SWD U16 RPC 175 (all out) (Geon Burns 60, Uston Michaels 27, Anoxolo Kitshini 21, Esa Gangat 3/15, Chumani Jack 2/11, Ashley Murphy 2/31)
EASTERN PROVINCE U/16 RPC 45 (all out) (Chumani Mangqwenqwe 22/5, Ravin-Lee Kemmies 3/22, Feni Kamvalwethu 2/1)
SWD U/16 RPC won by 130 runs
SWD vs WP (FINAL)
SWD U16 RPC 306/6 (50) (Feni Kamvalwethu 90, Geon Burns 84*, Keenan Arries 37, Anoxolo Kitshini 31, Liyabona Malefi 25*, Caleb Schoulas 2/47,
WP U/16 RPC 307/7 (49) (Sisonke 110, Thaakier Davids 59*, Mattheo Herman 44, Rhonwen Carstens 23)
WP U16 RPC won by 3 wickets
The SWD U/16 RPC team that participated in the Standard Bank CSA U/16 RPC week that was hosted in Potchefstroom are:
Back row: Reagan Botha, Ravin-Lee Kemmies, Liyabonga Malifi, Keenan Arries, Thurstin Murphy, Anoxolo Khitshini, Romario Abdolf, Ulston Michaels, Stanley Mei, Kamvalethu Feni and Chumani Mangqwengqwe.
Front row: Ranwill Claassen (Assistant Coach), Elridge Booysen (Head Coach), Geon Burns (Captain), Angus Roelfse (Manager) and Lastword Tapfumaneyi (Assistant Coach)