London, the last week in April and the last week in May, have been good to the Durban High School Class of 2000’s Hashim Amla.
To close out the month of April, “The Mighty Hash” hit an unbeaten double hundred for Surrey against Hampshire in the County Championship and then wrapped up the month of May with another big score, 173 against Gloucestershire this time, in the same competition .
First up, Hash – who captained the DHS first XI in the year 2000 – compiled an unbeaten 215 in 8 hours and 11 minutes at the crease (367 balls with 22 boundaries) at The [Kia] Oval that helped set up victory for Surrey by an innings and 289 runs over Hampshire.
Hash, who was born on 31 March 1983, eventually retired hurt after conjuring up his 7th double century in first-class cricket over a first-class career that has now spanned 246 matches.
It is the same ground where Hash, now 38, became the first South African to make a triple Test hundred – against England in 2012 – a monumental 13 hour-and-10-minute knock of 311 not out that bore telling testimony to his considerable durability, patience and skill.
Of the Hampshire rout, ESPN cricinfo’s Matt Roller reported that Hash “had managed only 78 runs in his first 3 games of the season, including a pair at Lord’s [the week before] but this innings was a throwback to his heyday, as he punched through cover, steered through third man and whipped through midwicket with a roll of the wrists.
“Amla was thwarted by birds more regularly than by Hampshire bowlers: a back-foot punch through the covers was stopped by a flock of pigeons grazing in the deep, and he backed away moments before a Liam Dawson ball that pegged back his off stump as one flew across his line of vision, resulting in a dead ball.
“Scott Currie, the 19-year-old seamer, induced a couple of false shots and had him dropped at wide slip on 184…” but apart from that it was vintage Hashim Amla, doing what he does best, dictating the course of a match.
The DHS Old Boy’s School first XI of 2000 included the likes of fellow Proteas cap and current Hollywoodbets Dolphins head coach Imraan Khan, Scott Mathie of DHS (and more) rugby playing & coaching renown, as well as the current headmaster of the independent Lynford School (in Ixopo) Luke Hounsom, and was coached by Alan Norton, the current principal of Durban North College who put 30 years of his teaching and coaching career into “School” as DHS is affectionately known.
Four weeks after his 215 it was another big Amla innings on his home county ground that influenced another big Surrey victory, this time by an innings and 47 runs over County Championship Group 2 high riders Gloucestershire, the men from the West country’s first defeat of the campaign.
Amla scored 173 this time round, compiled during an 8-hour-and-23-minute marathon out in the middle in which he faced 347 deliveries and hit 16 boundaries for his 54th first-class century.
“If Surrey supporters could name one thing that they missed most about not being able to come to The Oval in recent times, the sight Hashim Amla in full flow would surely have been high on the list,” reported ESPN cricinfo’s Alan Gardner, “… there are few batters in world cricket so unarguably worth the admission fee.”
“Those who made the pilgrimage for Surrey’s encounter with Gloucestershire were duly rewarded. Amla moved serenely to 3 figures during the dying embers of the [second] day, as if to order for those wishing to slip in for a glimpse of greatness on their way home from work.
“Some 2 500 were in the ground, and the majority of them rose to their feet as he stroked his 12th boundary through the covers, then removed his helmet to salute the four corners [of The Oval].
“This was also a captain’s innings, with Amla taking over responsibilities from Test-match bound Rory Burns [the upcoming England vs New Zealand 2-Test series that starts Wednesday].
“Leading with the bat has always come naturally for Amla and, having started well by winning the toss, he coasted up and down through the gears as required to ensure Surrey finished the [second] day ably placed.”
This was a match in which Surrey needed a win over the men from the West country in order to keep their County Championship title hopes alive.
It was Amla’s 3rd County Championship hundred for Surrey.
Gardner went on to say that Gloucestershire were “pummelled for the best part of two days by Hashim Amla’s velvet-gloved iron fist”.
More of Gardner on the Mighty Hash and this match: “Having spent 5 sessions in the field, the majority of which involved the exquisite torture of watching Amla go about his business at close range on the way to 173 from 347 balls, Gloucestershire’s batters had to gird themselves for an uncomfortable examination under suddenly grouchy south London skies. Surrey had the platform they wanted…”
“… Amla would have to be the ‘Boa Constrictor’, squeezing every ounce out of an innings or situation. He had Gloucestershire trussed up in his coils for almost eight-and-a-half hours, slowly tightening, tightening as Surrey set about making good on the attempt to bat once and bat big, before unleashing their spinners on a wearing surface.”
So, all in all, a thoroughly well-deserved “Well done Hash!”
The DHS Old Boy of the “wristy leg-side flick and serene cover drive” as so aptly described by ESPN cricinfo’s Firdose Moonda, ranks right up there with School’s best.
The 2017 Glenwood High School head prefect Herendran Reddy set his immediate post-school sights on working towards a degree in strategic brand communication – and he duly did it.
3 short years later Herendran earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Brand Communication at the renowned Vega School of Brand Leadership in Durban – and this Glenwood Old Boy has just received the paper that proves it.
Mr Reddy is now employed at Boxer Superstores, which is a part of the Pick ‘n Pay group, and is currently a marketing co-ordinator within the Logistics and Finance team.
A hearty congrats to you, Herendran.
#Glenwood is much more than just a rugby school.
Brad Robinson, the Maritzburg College Old Boy and new finance manager at St Charles College, came within millimetres of winning the Bowls South Africa National Men’s Singles title in Cape Town over the weekend.
Feature photo: Brad Robinson in upbeat mood ahead of the singles semi-finals.
This tournament, along with the SA Masters and the SA Interprovincial, is in the top 3 most prestigious events in the country. And in terms of purely Club Bowls, is probably the number 1 event.
Brad, who is a Team Aero player was 18-13 up in the SA singles final on the picturesque Western Province Cricket Club greens.
If he had touched the jack with his next and final shot on that particular end, the necessary 3 points were in the bag to be crowned SA bowls singles champion with a 21-13 victory.
When approached by KZN10.com a few hours ago as to how close he got with that final shot, Brad smiled ruefully: “Jono I had to touch the jack for 3 and just missed by a few millimetres.”
Brad’s opponent, Niksa Benguric from Gauteng North bowls province, came back into this tensest of title showdowns… and the scores were locked at 20-20.
“Niksa saved game a few ends before the end,” says Brad, who predominantly plays out of Lynwood Bowling Club in Pietermaritzburg and represents the KZN Inland province.
“Then on that last head I narrowly missed the jack to win the final,” says Brad, who was also the runner-up in the 2017 SA National Men’s Singles final.
And the outcome was that Niksa won the SA National Men’s Singles title and gold medal on a 21-20 final scoreline with Brad taking the silver.
Must have been pretty tight out there, Brad?
“Yes Jono, it certainly was a tense game, yet played in a great spirit between old friends. I was relatively calm throughout and was backing myself all the way – even with the last bowl.
“One thing I stand by is that you have to trust your ability,” says Brad, who is a chartered accountant and previously a senior manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers before taking up his new position at St Charles College.
Brad participated in 3 disciplines at Nationals in Cape Town, namely the SA Fours, the SA Pairs and the SA Singles – and it was most definitely a case of near-misses across the board for this Maritzburg College Old Boy of the Class of 2000 .
“In the SA Fours I played with Calvin Hollis [of Maritzburg Bowling Club] and Gerry Baker and Prince Neluonde [of Bryanston Sports Club in Johannesburg].
“We lost in the quarter-finals by 1 shot with the last bowl.”
In the Pairs, again playing alongside Calvin Hollis – a Glenwood Old Boy and owner of the popular Kick & Whistle Family Restaurant and Sports Bar in the KZN capital – the two good friends lost on an extra end in the last 16.
So near, yet so…
You can be sure that Brad will not be giving up his quest for gold anytime soon.
Take a look at this previous KZN10.com feature on Brad.
Jordy Smith is flying the Glenwood flag high as he surfs the World Surf League’s biggest, cleanest and most financially lucrative breaks.
Feature photo: Jordy Smith (at age 20) expertly executing a lightning-fast rodeo clown in the northern summer of 2009, the move invented by the American surfing legend Kelly Slater 10 years earlier at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii. Brian Bielman
The Durban born and bred Glenwood Old Boy and Red Bull athlete…
…is currently lying in 5th place on the WSL Championship Tour and qualified 2 years ago for the first-ever Olympic Games surfing competition; the Covid-delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will hopefully still take place this year.
The World Surf League is currently undergoing the Australian leg of this global event and 31-year-old Jordy has ended in second place at the Margaret River Pro, south of Perth.
In 2012 Jordy’s Bending Colours garnered a 2012 Surfer Poll Movie of the Year nomination.
In 2013 Jordy had a year that saw him cement his place as one of the most avant-garde surfers in the world and included the release of Now Now which became a massive YouTube hit.
Watching Now Now it is uncanny how Jordy seems to instinctively feel the wave – the board glued to his feet – WATCH AT 9:25 FOR THE 27-SECOND SEQUENCE and then from 11:40 at Ballito and then the incredible 10-second sequence from 13:00 to 13:10.
Injury plagued Jordy during late 2014 and much of 2015 but came back with a bang in 2016 to gain finish in the runners-up spot on the World Rankings. In 2017 Jordy ended 4th in the world then 5th in 2018.
Just 2 years ago, Jordy was in with a real chance to win his first world champion surfer title but an early exit in the final event (in Hawaii) of the Championship Tour meant he had to settle for 3rd place in the final world standings.
* When the talented Jordy was a young boy in Durban he faced the choice of focusing on either soccer or surfing… and we know the outcome of that decision.
- At the age of 17 Jordy was crowned ASP World Junior Champion and, still in his teens, he qualified for the pinnacle of the sport, the elite ASP World Tour.
- In his rookie year competing with the best of the best surfers on the planet Jordy finished second in the world title race, this when he was barely out of his teens.
Covid ensured that the entire WSL CT was cancelled, so here’s to Jordy and the 2021 year.
This Glenwood Old Boy is very much a family man and describes happiness in the simple yet essential terms one would come to expect from a unique, vital human being who spends so much time with the elemental energies of nature.
“I like to think that I am easy to be with and happiness for me is when I am healthy and with my wife, family and friends.”
Good on you, Jordy, a true Glenwood Legend.
A big @KZN10.com pat on the back of Northwood School Class of 2014’s Duran Krummeck, who has been selected for the Ireland Sevens rugby team to play against the USA and Great Britain teams in an upcoming international tournament in England.
Feature photo: Northwood Old Boy Duran Krummeck looks completely at home in that Ireland national sevens rugby team shirt.
A DURAN MUST-WATCH ON OVERCOMING SETBACKS, MAKING THE JOURNEY AND MORE
These are Tokyo Olympic Games squads, so the future is looking bright for this proud Northwood Knight, who is a prime example of the quality that is produced by the dedicated rugby coaching staff at one of our favourite schools.
Mark Tovey, now 66, is a Northlands Old Boy (now Northwood after the amalgamation of Northlands and Beachwood) who played for Durban City U10 12 and 14 before signing for Durban United aged 16.
At age 23 Mark won the Federation Professional League and Cup Double with one of the great clubs of the segregation era, Durban City. In his second spell at City, Mark won the 1982 and 1983 National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) again under legendary SA coach Clive Barker.
Feature image: Mark Tovey of Northlands Primary and Northlands High School… in the twilight of a remarkable soccer career that culminated in 6 trophies at Kaizer Chiefs.
After joining Bush Bucks, Mark won the first ever National Soccer League (NSL) title (in 1985), once again under Barker, who was known as “The Dog”. In 1987, Player of the Tournament, Mark won the JPS Knockout Cup with Bush Bucks after Bucks won the replay against Orlando Pirates.
Chiefs owner Kaizer Motaung had been after the signature of Mark since Tovey’s teenage years and finally secured this now 33-year-old iconic South African footballer to play under the Amakhosi colours in 1988.
Mark Tovey won 6 titles while at Chiefs and it is widely held that this Northlands Old Boy played an instrumental role in the early career of Lucas Radebe, who became a household name with the national team Bafana Bafana and played with great distinction at Leeds United.
Mark Tovey, older brother of another SA star Neil, is a true legend of KZN schoolboy soccer.
The schools I call the KZN10 have turned out many distinguished alumni and one of the alumna who surely ranks high among this grand group of gentlemen has to be Westville Boys’ High School’s Errol Stewart, who has recently been elected chairman of the board of governors at the iconic Durban Country Club, which celebrates its 100th birthday on 9 December, 2022.
If one were to write a P.G. Wodehouse-type schooldays novel, one could think of few better than Errol Stewart upon which to model one’s central character.
A gentleman’s gentleman, Errol has distinguished himself in a host of fields and endeavours and is a fine example of the principles that Westville Boys’ High School seeks to instil in its learners… resilience, respect, discipline, humility, character and dignity.
Among the many hats he wears, and has previously worn, Errol is one of the founding directors of the WBHS Foundation which, among its signature achievements, successfully engineered the establishment of the boarding house facilities at the school.
Apart from flying aeroplanes when he has a chance, the mind of this UKZN Law School graduate is no doubt well employed in his executive position at one of South Africa’s leading banks, as well as in the various other roles, both official and unofficial, in which he contributes add-value to society.
His academic prowess notwithstanding, this 1987 SA Schools rugby player and cricketer was also the recipient of WBHS honours awards in two other sports in which he gained provincial representative colours, namely hockey and athletics. Those schoolboy sporting achievements alone set Errol apart.
Post-school, Errol played provincial cricket (wicketkeeper/batsman) and rugby (centre) for Natal as well as being capped for the Proteas, and has another rare distinction to his name – being a member of both the Natal cricket and rugby teams that were the respective Currie Cup champions of South Africa in 1995.
Oh, and not surprisingly Errol plays off a single-figure handicap when he gets time to launch his drive down the fairways of one of the world’s most renowned golf courses… at Durban Country Club.
A man of conviction, Errol retired from top-level cricket in 2003 (a 15-year first-class career) when, on principle, and in the face of much official pressure, he refused to accept the captaincy of the South Africa A team that was selected to tour a deeply troubled and divided Zimbabwe.
The griffin is symbolic of WBHS… a mythical being that is part eagle and part lion, blessed with remarkable strength, unfailingly protective instincts and zero-tolerance for evil.
Errol Stewart… a man of many parts… a true WBHS Griffin.
Sources: DCC, WBHS, CricInfo, News24
It is amazing how you chance upon a random Facebook feed and find yourself spending a good couple of hours happily lost down Memory Lane.
Thanks Anthony Hall, your post sparked all sorts of happy reminiscences – although I must hasten to add an especially (unfond) uncomfortable afternoon memory too…
See if you recognise these players and the coach/manager etc. If so, please point out who is who amongst this quality group of KZN10 schoolboy cricketers from that early eighties era who as far as I can recall were outstanding as a team at that 1983 Nuffield Week.
I do recall some of the guys almost immediately, although my facts and so on may be more than a little hazy here and there.
I notice the 1983 Maritzburg College and Natal Schools captain, the wicketkeeper/batsman Andrew Brown (front row, third from left); his school teammate, the left-arm seamer and right-hand bat Greg Walsh (back row, third from the right).
And on the far right in the front row, fellow Maritzburg College batsman Richard Delvin, who I think made 2 centuries at the 1983 Nuffield Week but missed out on SA Schools selection – there must have been some seriously in-form batsman at that Nuffield Week.
I think Greg Walsh, who was an outstanding fielder into the bargain, also hit a century at that Nuffield Week.
Not sure who took the bulk of the wickets.
Durban High School’s Robbie May (back row, fourth from the right) was an effective quick bowler so I am not surprised he is in this outstanding team, which I think (as I said) had a superb Nuffield Week.
I think that fifth from the left in the back row is Kearsney College paceman Anthony Hall, who made SA Schools that year as far as I can recall. Ant was seriously quick and uber-aggressive, and had the ability to cut the ball viciously off a reasonably responsive pitch.
I was last at school in 1982 and as I type this I vividly recall facing Ant’s right-arm pace and fire – a charging buffalo had nothing on a suitably riled-up Ant Hall – from one end on Kearsney’s splendid AH Smith Oval while the ultra-talented Natal Schools (and further) flyhalf Cameron Oliver (RIP), who was a left-arm quick capable of weaving red-ball magic when the mood took him, was at full-throttle from the other end.
Just to get bat on ball – at all – on that testing fourth term 1982 Saturday afternoon felt like a triumph in itself.
I think that second from the right in the back row is Michaelhouse’s hard-hitting all-rounder Dave Burger, who later finished his schooling at Maritzburg College.
I think that’s Beachwood’s Craig Small in the front row – while I think Craig Beart of Hilton is there as well, alongside Rich Delvin. And the teacher coach in the front row has to be Hilton’s Ant Lovell.
And Dean van der Walt of DHS is there, it might have been Dean’s second year in the side.
Help me out guys.
When the ticks on a ruffled buffalo are biting in all the wrong places it’s no place to be.
In breaking news, Maritzburg College product Ryan Moon has landed a three-year contract with Swedish premier league club Varberg Bols FC.
The 25-year-old Moon, who is from Woodlands in Pietermaritzburg, leaves his current club Stellenbosch FC and is due to fly out on Thursday. The Sweden premier league, or Allvenskan, kicks off the new season next weekend.
Feature photo: Ryan is presented with a Maritzburg College Old Boys blazer by headmaster Chris Luman at a function in the school’s Alan Paton Hall in mid-2018.
Apart from his distinguished years at Maritzburg College, where he excelled in the Red, Black and White colours, Moon also learnt his trade at the Woodland and Pirates soccer clubs in Pietermaritzburg before making his debut for his local SA premier league club Maritzburg United in 2015.
Hardly a year later his exploits earned a move to traditional SA soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs.
In another local tie-up, Moon’s representative is fellow Maritzburg College Old Boy, the 29-year-old Gauteng-based attorney Modise Sefume, of Giyose Sefume Attorneys, who revealed to News24 today that negotiations have been ongoing in a bid for Ryan to realise his overseas dream.
“We’ve been working on it a couple of months now,” said Modise. “The guy is excited, it is a big opportunity and he really wants to get there, get going and prove himself.”
Ryan leaves with the blessing of Stellenbosch FC and his immediate goal will be to break into the Varbergs starting line-up and help his new club to improve on last year’s 11th-place finish in Sweden’s premier division.
Ryan’s older brother Bryce has, like his younger brother, also played for Bafana Bafana. Their dad, Patrick, was also a prominent footballer.
Read more about Ryan in this earlier KZN10.com article
A Maritzburg College Old Boy (MCOB, Class of 1992) and Hilton College Old Boy (’98) have taken a business concept that began in the lounge in 2006 to an approximate R470 million cash sale as of yesterday.
Mr Price is the buyer, while the 2 founders, MCOB Shane Dryden and Old Hiltonian Andrew Smith, along with a second Hilton College Old Boy, Smith’s 1998 Hilton classmate and head boy Paul Galatis, are the three primary beneficiaries, their being the 3 directors of Yuppiechef, the hugely popular Online kitchen and homeware retailer.
Dryden and Smith along with their Yuppiechef management team, will continue to operate the business for Mr Price.
Smith, who received the highest academic marks in his matric class year at Hilton, and Maritzburg College Old Boy Dryden are the 2006 founders of Yuppiechef, while the third and only other director is Galatis, who joined in 2008 and brought design skills and e-commerce marketing knowledge to complete the Yuppiechef recipe.
The concept of selling kitchen and household goods Online that began in that Plumstead, Cape Town lounge 14 years ago has almost taken on a life of its own. A fly swatter gadget, that was bought by Andrew’s mum, was their first product and first sale.
Flags and handy kitchen implements then became 32 e-commerce kitchen products, 11 sales were made in the first 4 months (10 to family and friends), and after 12 months the sum total of huge endeavour and smart work was only 200 customers.
It took 5 years before they could actually pay themselves a salary. E-commerce was the only way to go as they did not have capital. They could only order more stock once they had been paid for what they had sold.
Dryden is the natural foodie among the trio, always having had an interest in the subject, and of one Sunday morning he came up with the name “Yuppiechef”.
All in all, a fantastic achievement for these Old Boys of Hilton and Maritzburg College. A KZN10.com congrats to Shane, Andrew and Paul.
Yesterday, Yuppiechef said on their website, “We’re still going to be the same Yuppiechef in name and people and the way we work. Our co-founders, Andrew and Shane, will still be leading us, and we’ll have our same teams and managers firmly in place.
“Some of us have been around for a long time, helping craft the company that Yuppiechef has become, and some of us are privileged to have come more recently to work for a brand that customers have shown so much love to over the past 14 years. We all take our responsibilities seriously, and are committed to making Yuppiechef the best that it can be.
“If you’re one of our customers already, thank you for your support so far, and if you’re not, we’ll keep on trying to win you over.
“There’s a lot more good stuff coming!”