A dead-quiet minute’s silence tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday at The Oval in London, then a beautifully sung SA national anthem by beautiful English soprano Laura Wright, then the first-ever rendition of God Save the King, also movingly sung by Laura, in honour of the new monarch King Charles III.
If you are pressed for time, start watching at 3:20
A beautiful few moments as cricket pays its respects to Her Majesty The Queen. pic.twitter.com/3QnZiFEOKq
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2022
The passports of seriously assaulted former Maritzburg College and SA Schools cricketer Mondli Khumalo’s mom and uncle have been fast-tracked and approved and the pair are expected to fly out early next week to be at his hospital bedside in England, provided their UK visas are approved in time by the British consulate in Pretoria.
SA U19 World Cup cricketer Mondli (now age 20) was viciously assaulted on Sunday morning by a gang of thugs outside the Dragon Rise Pub in Bridgwater, Somerset and is still in a critical condition in the intensive care unit in Bristol’s Southmead Hospital.
Jonathan Cook feature photo: Mondli Khumalo and Jayden Gengan were a potent fast bowling threat for the Red Black and White on Maritzburg College’s Goldstones ground.
The Avon and Somerset Police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm to Mondli.
‘Mondli has fitted in perfectly at our club, he’s a wonderful character
and extremely humble and we all love him to bits’
Mondli is the contracted overseas pro at North Petherton Cricket Club and has impressed with his fast bowling in particular, as well as with the fresh energy he brings to the first team and the club as a whole.
Superintendent Richard Turner of the Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement to Bridgwater Mercury: “Mr Mondli Khumalo remains in a serious but stable condition after undergoing emergency treatment.
“A full investigation is still under way, and we’ve carried out house-to-house enquiries and are continuing to review CCTV footage from around the area, to ensure we gather all available evidence.”
UK club teammate: ‘You genuinely couldn’t meet a nicer guy than Mondli and we’re all hurting badly’
CEO of the KZN Cricket Union and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Heinrich Strydom, has praised the SA community for their support, and the powers that be in rallying to the cause and getting the passports sorted out efficiently. Ma Khumalo and Mondli’s uncle are expected to have their passports delivered by Friday.
Heinrich said that hopefully the Khumalo pair’s UK visas will be fast-tracked over the next couple of days.
“As you can imagine, it has been an extremely difficult time for Mondli’s mum and she is understandably very distressed, we all just want Mondli to recover,” Strydom told Bridgwater Mercury.
“Mondli’s mother and his uncle will travel together; most likely they will fly out of Durban,” he said.
Lloyd Irish, one of Mondli’s friends and teammates at North Petherton, told Bridgwater Mercury that as a club the boys are supporting Mondli and his family in Durban as best they can. Lloyd also praised Mondli’s agent, Rob Humphries.
“Rob Humphries who has been fantastic.”
Lloyd said that all at North Petherton Cricket Club had found a new friend in Mondli: “He has fitted in perfectly at our club, he’s a wonderful character, extremely humble and we all love him to bits.”
Lloyd said further that as a club the North Petherton family is in “complete shock and devastation”.
“You genuinely couldn’t meet a nicer guy than Mondli and we’re all hurting badly.
“Mondli is an amazing, exceptionally talented cricketer, he’s made a great start [with his 10 wickets for us] although all of this seems unimportant at the moment; we are all praying he can come through this and hopefully get back to playing cricket.”
Mondli is contracted by KwaZulu-Natal Inland during the South African season and has been capped four times at first-class level.
The CEO of KZN Inland, Jason Sathiaseelan, has told Club Cricket SA that Mondli is in an induced coma.
“The surgeon has reported that the operation was as successful as it could be and is positive that Mondli can recover from this.
“We have been in contact with Mondli’s mom and we are doing our level best to obtain a passport for her, so that she can be with Mondli during this trying time,” Jason said earlier.
The cricket club said on social media: “All at North Petherton Cricket Club are in shock at the incident in Bridgwater that has led to our much-loved overseas player Mondli Khumalo being hospitalised in Southmead Hospital in Bristol this [Sunday] morning.
“We extend our heartfelt support to Mondli for a full and speedy recovery. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and colleagues in South Africa.
“Our thanks also go to all those who have helped Mondli, especially the health service staff on scene and at hospital.”
Jono: I know the entire Maritzburg College community and further afield are praying for Mondli as he fights to get back to full vibrant health again.
We are all with you, Monds… For hearth and home
Pro aris et focis
This past weekend saw Maritzburg College play DHS and Hilton in a range of cricket fixtures, some of which were played in a round-robin format of T10 and T15 matches. College played 21 matches in all, winning 13, losing 4, and 4 matches ended with no result.
Maritzburg College first XI coach Robbie Coutts reports that the College first XI brought home an exciting 50-over victory against the DHS first XI in Durban on Saturday, despite being under pressure for a large portion of the match.
College captain Johnathan van Zyl won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat on a pitch that looked like it may break up in the afternoon.
Feature photo: Maritzburg College first XI all-rounder Bryn Brokensha played a pivotal role with bat and ball in the visitors’ exciting 13-run win over the Durban High School first XI on Saturday.
The DHS seam bowlers thrived in the first 10-over power play, taking two early wickets to leave College in the precarious position of 28 for 2 after the 10 overs.
Maritzburg College first XI captain Van Zyl and batting partner Creedon Smith then worked hard in the difficult conditions to establish a 56-run partnership before Smith (24) was out on the stroke of morning tea, the College score 75 reading for 3 after the initial 25 overs.
Van Zyl then linked well after tea with the new batsman Bryn Brokensha, the pair putting on 63 for the 4th wicket before the skipper was out for a well-played 64 that was crafted under considerable pressure.
Brokensha had scored an unbeaten century (139 not out) for his club side the weekend before and built on that momentum. In partnership with the new batsman Luc Jacobs, Brokensha changed the momentum of the game in the closing overs, the pair adding 66 off 51 balls.
Brokensha batted intelligently, running well between the wickets and punishing any loose deliveries, his unbeaten 77 off 78 balls getting College to a defendable 226 for 6 in their 50 overs.
In reply, DHS got off to a great start, the opening partnership of 42 coming off 6 overs before Jacobs trapped an opening batsman in front and was rewarded with the umpire’s raised finger.
College coach Coutts reports that there was very little opportunity for his team in the
next 12 overs, the DHS batsmen punishing anything lose. The DHS second-wicket partnership had reached 65 before the Maritzburg College leg-spinner Chad Mason struck, the DHS total now reading 107 for 2.
At afternoon tea, the DHS first XI were in a comfortable position at a 136 for 2, needing 91
to win in 25 overs with 8 wickets in hand.
However, the introduction of Maritzburg College off-spinner James Wiggill slowed the scoring rate and it was Wiggill who made the vital breakthrough. That said, at 163 for 3 in the 32nd over, DHS were still in control of the outcome of this absorbing match, needing 64 off 18 overs with 7 wickets still in hand.
But it was College’s Caden Hohls who changed the game in the 38th over of DHS’s allotted 50, taking two wickets, both leg-before-wicket dismissals. The breakthrough spurred
the College team on, the Red Black & Whites knowing that the best way to win the game was to bowl DHS out.
From this point onwards, College never allowed the opposition batsmen to settle or any significant partnerships to develop. Brokensha returned to the bowling attack in the 39th over and continued where Hohls had left off, to pick up another wicket, the DHS run chase faltering from 181 for 3 to 181 for 6.
With the pressure now fully on the DHS lower-order batsmen, the College team upped a level with their fielding, not allowing DHS any easy singles.
However, coach Coutts reports that the College bowlers then lacked discipline and bowled far too many wides which allowed DHS to keep the scoreboard ticking over and in the process to go past the 200 mark.
But it was Brokensha who gained the decisive breakthrough by picking up wickets in the 43rd and 45th overs to put College back in control.
And it was Brokensha’s batting partner in the closing overs, Luc Jacobs who finished the game off in College’s favour by bowling out the last DHS batsman, for College to register a thrilling 13-run win.
First XI scores in brief
Maritzburg College 226 for 6 in 50 overs (Johnathan van Zyl 64, Bryn Brokensha 77*)
DHS 213 all out (Caden Hohls 3 -33, Bryn Brokensha 3-30)
Maritzburg College won by 13 runs
Other Maritzburg College cricket results:
2nd XI DHS 76-7 (Mchunu 3-13)
2nd XI College 77-3 (Khumalo 41*)
College won by 7 wickets
4th College 71/6
4th DHS 57/9 (Sewpersad 3-8)
College won by 14 runs
Maritzburg College U16A 97/10
Hilton U16A 98/6
Maritzburg College lost by 4 wickets
Maritzburg College U16A College 132/7
DHS U16A 97/10
Maritzburg College won by 35 runs
College U16B 124-7 (Goslett 30, Tocknell 26*)
DHS 92 all out (Mornet 3-26, Armstrong 3-22)
College won by 33 runs
College U16B 63-5 (6/6) (J Knoetze 19, Warren 18*)
Hilton U16B 53-4 (6/6) (J Knoetze 2-3)
College won by 10 runs
DHS U16C 87/10 (Egberink 4-10 in 3 overs)
College U16C 90/6 (Ferguson 27)
College won by 4 wickets
College U15A 222 all out
DHS U15A 223/2
College lost by 8 wickets
DHS U15B 95/7
College U15B 96/3
College won by 7 wickets
DHS U15C 55/9 (20 overs)
College U15C 56/1 (6 overs)
College won by 9 wickets
DHS U15D 50 all out
College U15D 51/0
College won by 10 wickets after 6 overs
DHS U14A 73/4 (12 overs)
College U14A 59/3 (12 overs)
College lost by 14 runs
DHS U14B 88/8 (Jordaan 3-10, N Naidoo 3-22)
College U14B 89/3 (Schirge 35)
College won by 7 wickets
College U14E 119/1 (Clarke 50*)
DHS U14E 43/3
College won by 76 runs
With 4 wins from 4 outings the Westville U14A cricket team has enjoyed an enviable run of success in the first school term of 2022.
And their results have not gone unnoticed outside KZN with the team being highly regarded across the country in this particular age group.
You would be hard-pressed to find an U14A coach who has as much experience and know-how as Wayne Scott, who is clearly getting positive responses from his players.
Tyler Trenoworth assists Wayne with the Westville U14A coaching duties and the combination is bearing fruit in the team’s performances and long may this continue in 2022.
This past weekend the Westville U14A side beat Clifton by 7 wickets and prior to that beat Northwood by 7 wickets, Hilton by 11 runs and Maritzburg College by 90 runs.
Westville U14A scores in brief
Westville 73/3 (McGough 35*)
Westville won by 7 wickets
Northwood 176 (De Bruin 55, Searle 53; Lottering 3-36)
Westville 177/3 (McGough 66*, Rasmussen 42)
Westville won by 7 wickets
Hilton 101 (Brooker 3-15)
Westville won by 11 runs
Westville 261 (McGough 56, Delvin 33, Baudach 48)
Maritzburg College 171 (McGough 4-25)
Westville won by 90 runs
Tuesday afternoon, 8 February 2022 was certainly one to remember for St Charles College cricket as the first XI, second XI and U16A teams all recorded T20 wins from the three T20 matches against visitors Hilton College.
The fixtures were arranged to at least get in some cricket between the schools after the past Saturday’s rain prevented a single ball being bowled in those scheduled fixtures.
These totals etc. are according to the Hilton stats.
In the first XI T20 match on the Saints Oval yesterday, St Charles firsts scored 125 for 6 wickets in their 20 overs, to which Hilton replied with 123 for 9, which left St Charles the winners by 2 runs. Can’t-sit-still moments at the end.
SCC photo caption: The St Charles College first XI after beating Hilton College first XI by 2 runs in the T20 match at St Charles Oval on Tuesday afternoon.
In the previous four completed matches between the two schools’ first XIs the Hilton teams of the era had won three and lost one.
In the second XI T20 match on Colts field, St Charles seconds compiled 114 in their 20 overs, to which Hilton replied with 80, giving St Charles the win by 34 runs.
In the previous two completed matches at second XI level, Hilton had won both, by 69 runs and 6 wickets respectively, so a feather in the cap of Saints seconds.
In the U16A match, Hilton made 107 for 7 in their 20 overs, and St Charles responded successfully to reach 108 for 4 and thereby a 6-wicket victory.
Access to previous results at U16A level were not available at the time of writing.
Three Hilton College cricket teams travel to hosts St Charles College this (February 8th 2022 Tuesday) afternoon for a 3pm start, the matches in the T20 format.
Although the abbreviated nature is not ideal, today should go a way in making up somewhat for the disappointment of Saturday’s cancelled-due-to-the-weather, longer-format matches.
It is certainly a lot better than nothing at all. And given the time constraints and crowded schedules of schools these days it is great to see.
All 3 Hilton teams look to be strong units in their particular division or age-group category and, weather permitting this afternoon, should test the Saints to the full.
Hilton College 1st XI
Jake Carstens, Jarryd Pike, Charles Swart, Ivan Lockem, Ross Boast, Kristofer Watt (capt), Matthew Stewart, Nicholas Chantler, Matt Wilson, Olwethu Kweyama, Kieran Kilmartin
Hilton College 2nd XI
Luke Watt, Hylton Lötter, Jason Dix, Samuel Strydom, Matt Diemont, Matt Rout (capt), Wian Liebenberg, Thomas Roy, Brett Cutting, Christopher Roy, Matipa Denenga
Hilton College U16A
Christopher Wagner, Jarred Kitto (capt), Ivan JJuuko, Kyle Christie, Ethan van Heerden, Grant Bridgeford, James McGregor, Didier Rey, Kingsley Thompson, Murray Loughor-Clarke, Natenzi Denenga
Weather permitting (and it’s not looking good) there will be a bumper 18 cricket matches between Glenwood and Maritzburg College on Saturday, February 5th.
The first team cricket 50-over match is on Dixons at Glenwood while the rest of the matches are predominantly in the KZN capital and surrounds (with a smattering in Durban).
Digi TV will be streaming the 2nd XI cricket match on Goldstones: https://tv.digicentral.co.za/…/maritzburg-college-2nd…
Saturday’s water polo matches are at Glenwood with the first team match at 1.35pm.
All water polo matches will be live-streamed on https://tv.digicentral.co.za/glenwoodtv
The Hilton College first XI had a good workout in beating a Tuskers Academy XI by 72 runs in a T20 match on the Hart-Davis Oval at Hilton on Thursday afternoon, the Hiltonians compiling 143 for 6 in their 20 overs, to which Tuskers replied with 71 all out.
Saturday on the St Charles College Oval is what is a keenly anticipated fixture against the hosts school’s first XI but indications suggest the weather may be the main player in this one. More’s the pity as it looks to be a contest between two sides who have shown much promise to date.
Certain basketball fixtures could also be decimated by the prevailing wet weather although those taking place in the indoor arena are not affected.
The first team basketball clash is set for 1.30pm in that SK Arena at Saints.
The Hilton firsts basketball team for the match is:
Michael Fox, Kwame Huyberechts, Kediretswe Mbaakanyi, Chisha Mulenga, Saphiwa Nzimande, Qhawe Soji (vice-capt), Nic Thorburn, Roelf van der Merwe (capt), David Tshebi, Tiisano Tisane, Declan Sawyer and Oyisa Pupuma
The Saints first water polo team take on the Hilton second side in Hilton’s Ducasse Aquatic Centre at 10.30am.
The first team golf match was due to be played from 3.30pm at Victoria Country Club on Friday, 4 February.
Home side the Hilton College first XI were able to run down the 153-run target set them by Westville to leave the Hart-Davis Oval with a six-wicket victory on Saturday, 29 January 2022.
Jake Carstens (3-46) and Kieran Kilmartin (4-36) did the damage with the ball for Hilton firsts while Messrs Pillay (50) and Doorgapersadh (40) were the mainstays with the bat in the Westville innings of 151 all out.
Hilton got home by a comfortable 6-wicket margin with Ivan Lockem ending on an unbeaten 51 and Charles Swart weighing in with a 43.
Two days earlier it had been another convincing Hilton first XI win over Westville, this time by 8 wickets in a T20 match, Westville scoring 102 for 8 in their 20 overs to which Hilton responded with 103 for 2.
* Hilton first XI are fixtured to play the Tuskers Academy Thursday afternoon in a T20 at the Hart-Davis.
Other Hilton/Westville cricket results
WB 2nds vs HC 2nds
HC 168/10 Lotter 34, Westoby 4/32
WB 144/10 Rout 5/27, Dukandar 50*
WB lost by 24 runs
WB 3rds Vs Hilton 3rds
WBHS 146/4, Burns (48), Wells 34
Hilton 147/8, Omar 3/23
WB lost by 2 wickets
WB U16A VS HC U16A
WB 123/8, Robertson 42, Kistna 30
HC 124/5, Bridgeford 46*, Shangase 3/21
WB lost by 5 wickets
WB U16B vs HC U16B
HC 71/10, Van Breda 5/6
WB 76/5, Albon 31*, Snijman 3/17
WB won by 5 wickets
WB U15A vs HC U15A
WB 271/6. Holman 106
HC 213/10. Hockley 36, Olivier 43. Payne 4/32.
WB won by 58 runs
WB U15B vs HC U15B
HC 200/10, Johnson 54, Grant 44*, Moola 4/25
HC won by 68 runs
WB U14A vs Hilton U14A
HIlton 101/10, Brooker 3 /15
WB won by 11 runs
WB U14B vs HC U14B
WB 144/10, Naicker 63, Steyn 3/26, Evans 3/18, Hove 3/13
HC 148 / 7
Hilton won by 3 wickets
Hilton won 9 and Westville 3 of the 12 matches played
As St Charles College first XI head coach Lucky Dladla put it, the City Derby always brings excitement and buzz to the KZN capital.
And so it was this past Saturday when the Maritzburg College first XI hosted Saints in a 50-over match on Goldstones, an intense, absorbing cricket contest in which the Saints prevailed by 28 runs.
They certainly had to work hard for it, as the boys in Red Black and White hooped caps were handily placed at times.
Feature photo: Saints skipper Jason Muirhead raises his bat for his 50 on the way to a match-defining 88 on Goldstones Saturday. Photo: Justin Waldman Sports Photography
“The morning overhead conditions were conducive for bowling,” said Dladla. “Maritzburg College won the toss, and without any doubt elected to bowl first. Their opening bowlers [Bryn Brokensha and Matthew Ponter] ran in and bowled superbly well, beating the bat on numerous occasions.”
It wasn’t too long before they made in-roads into the Saints batting line-up.
“Daniel Wassenaar, was the first to go, bowled by a brilliant yorker,” said Dladla. “Soon after his dismissal, the second wicket ( Sam Brown) fell.”
With Saints 21 for 2 after 9 overs, the home side were well on top.
The in-form Saints captain Jason Muirhead made his way to the wicket and started to build the Saints innings by rotating the strike and putting away the bad ball to the boundary.
“The 3rd wicket stand between Muirhead and wicketkeeper/batsman Ntando Zuma saw Saints recover considerably and the Saints were 97 for 2 after 25 overs, and morning tea.
“The pair continued steadily and had a 114-run partnership before Zuma was bowled for 54 runs, in the 40th over of the 50.”
Muirhead fell short of what coach Dladla feels would have been a well-deserved 100 when he was bowled on 88 runs. The Saints were a competitive 216 for 6 after 50 overs and had set a defendable total. It was a fine effort after the shaky start.
“Maritzburg College began the chase with intent,” said coach Dladla, himself a Maritzburg College Old Boy and former first XI cricketer.
The Saints Zulu teacher and cricket coach said that the game was in the balance at afternoon tea with Maritzburg College on 97 for 2 after 25 overs.
The home side needed another 120 at just under 5 to the over and were well placed with 8 wickets in hand.
Saints were as well aware as their opponents that the last session of the day was key to both sides.
“The battle continued, and disciplined bowling by Saints tightened the screws,” said Dladla. “The pressure mounted, and College wickets started to fall.”
The Saints coach added: “A brilliant spell by Tahir Khonat (match figures of three for 48) sealed the victory for Saints. Maritzburg College were eventually restricted to 188 all out, St Charles College winning by 28 runs.”
# For the St Charles College first XI to claim victory over the Maritzburg College first XI on Goldstones is certainly a feather in the cap of the current side captained by Jason Muirhead.
Prior to Saturday, of the nine matches since 2016, Saints had won three and College had won three, with three matches ending in draws or being abandoned due to the weather. Saturday’s win is Saints’ first on Goldstones during this time period.
The three previous Saints first XI victories since 2016 had been on the St Charles College Oval, the PMB Oval in Alexandra Park, and at the main cricket oval of the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus’s Peter Booysen Sports Park.
Saints’ time at the first-grade Rondebosch Festival during the second week of January, where they lost 5 from 5 to Bishops (3 wickets, declaration game), PBHS (2 wickets, declaration), Affies (6 wickets, 50-over), Rondebosch (12 runs, 50-over) and Wynberg (52 runs, T20) appears to have been time well spent.
The maturity they have exhibited over the past fortnight in beating visitors Glenwood (by 6 wickets) and now Maritzburg College shows that lessons were learned in Cape Town and are being applied in the domestic season.
First XI captain Jason Muirhead has been the outstanding performer over the last two weeks with his 73 against Glenwood on the St Charles College Cricket Oval and now Saturday’s 88 against Maritzburg College on Goldstones.
Jason’s 91 against Rondebosch in Cape Town is regarded by St Charles as his best knock to date.
Jason’s intent, and ability, to occupy the crease and treat each ball on its merits has been the core that has bound the two successful St Charles innings together over the past fortnight.
With the support of Matthew Urquhart’s 39 against Glenwood, Jason has also been instrumental in putting the match-defining partnership together, and then again on Goldstones, this time with wicketkeeper and middle-order batsman Ntando Zuma, who made 54.
The team line-up of Marcel Wellmann, Daniel Wassenaar, Sam Brown, Jason Muirhead, Urquhart, Ntando Zuma, Brendon Sunguro, Nathan Beaumont, Tahir Khonat, Tim Schoeman and Sam Ndlovu has also remained unchanged these past 2 weeks.
Seamers Tim Schoeman (3 for 30 vs Glenwood) and in particular Tahir Khonat (6 wickets for 82 runs over the past 2 matches), have also played significant roles with the ball, as has relatively inexperienced off-spinner Brendon Sunguro.
The other members of the side will have further opportunity come more prominently to the fore in due course.
Of course, much the same applies to all the teams and individuals in KZN.
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