Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) team, including a number of stars from the national under-19 side, will take part in the 2018 Fasken Time Cricket Festival hosted by St David’s Marist Inanda from 30 August to 2 September 2018.
St David’s has hosted a premier high school cricket festival for many years which has been played in a T20 format. Last year, the festival was changed to a ‘time’ format with the aim to develop the skills and temperament required to play 1st Class and Test Cricket. Each team will play two two-day matches, consisting of two innings per team.
Clifton (Durban) will join this year’s festival, along with the schools that took part last year – St Stithians College (Johannesburg), Maritzburg College (Pietermaritzburg), St Alban’s College (Pretoria), King Edward VII School (Johannesburg), St Andrew’s School (Bloemfontein), and St David’s Marist Inanda (Johannesburg).
The Talent Acceleration Programme team will feature South African under-19 batsman Jonathan Bird, who recently scored an unbeaten 142 in a Youth International 50-over match against England under-19s. Two St David’s Marist Inanda players, Jacob Miltz (batsman) and Jarred Jardine (fast bowler), also recently represented the South Africa under-19 team in the Youth Test Series against England under-19.
Lawrence Mahatlane, coach of the Coca-Cola South African under-19 team, says: “The most important thing for me is to give as much talent as possible the exposure to good quality cricket. If you look at this TAP team, we’ve got guys from all over the country like Rustenburg and Mpumalanga, guys who wouldn’t necessarily have had the opportunity to play against some of these top schoolboy teams and playing alongside some of the guys from the South Africa U19 side.
“We’ve got a couple of guys who’ve played for the SA under-19s and a few talented youngsters from all over the country who are now getting the opportunity to show off their skills against some of the best schoolboy teams in the country.
“We saw during the recent tour to England, the lack of exposure to time cricket so it is important for the young men that we have picked, to give them the best opportunity to understand what two-day cricket is about, what is required to be batting all day or being on your feet the whole day.”
The Fasken Time Cricket Festival is the brainchild of Dave Nosworthy, former Head Coach of county side, Somerset, bizhub Highveld Lions, Multiply Titans and SA U19’s, and now Director of Cricket at St David’s Marist Inanda.
He explains: “None of our youngsters these days receive the real opportunity to play unlimited cricket, which is a format that in the long term gives them the cricket lessons like how to bat for long periods, bowl for extended spells and even exploring the art of captaincy. This Fasken Time Cricket Festival is brilliantly now wanting to assist our top South African schoolboys to become the next Themba Bavuma’s (old St David’s boy) or Kagiso Rabada’s (old St Stithians boy) of South African cricket.”
Cricket South Africa TAP team
Jonathan Bird (captain) (Western Province), Bonga Makaka (Western Province), Achille Cloete (Boland), Phemelo Sepati (North West), Jacques Vosloo (Mpumalanga), Khaya Nyamatha (Gauteng), Duan Jansen (North West), Marco Jansen (North West), Odirile Modimokoane (North West), Lifa Ntanzi (KwaZulu-Natal), Karabelo Matlawe (North West), Neo Felane (Easterns)
Fasken Time Cricket Festival fixtures
30 to 31 August (play starts at 9.30am both days)
All matches at St David’s Marist Inanda
Gier Oval: St Alban’s vs Cricket South Africa TAP XI
La Rosey Oval: St David’s vs St Andrew’s
McGregor Oval: King Edward VII vs Maritzburg College
La Valle Oval: St Stithians vs Clifton
1 to 2 September (play starts at 8.30am both days)
All matches at St David’s Marist Inanda
Gier Oval: St Alban’s vs Maritzburg College
La Valle Oval: St David’s vs Cricket South Africa TAP XI
La Rosey Oval: King Edward VII vs Clifton
McGregor Oval: St Stithians vs St Andrew’s