The coaches at The Complete Cricketer Academy are not suprised each week as we get excellent feedback from players in all age groups from mini-cricket through to Provincial and senior club cricket.
There have been some notable performances and many personal bests again this half of the season. Special congratulations should go to Cal Smid (122 not out versus Ryan Maron School of Excellence for Parklands U13), Laura Wolvhaadt (114, in the same game) and Ben Ward (146 not out versus Westerford U14 for Parklands U14) for registering their maiden centuries. There have been some outstanding performances with the ball and also excellent all-rounder displays.
TCC remains unbeaten (in South Africa) after another intriguing round of matches against touring teams from the UK.
Teams from various age groups have had some unforgettable experiences and some cliff-hangers of games against strong touring opposition.
An U17 representitive side had a fairly comprehensive victory against King Edward VI School from Northumberland with everyone contributing to a good team display. TCC U17 191 for 5 (30 overs) KE VI 70 All Out (L Lowe 4-13)
An U15 representitive team, packed with talented youngsters representing schools ranging from Paarl Boys through to Rondebosch took on an old adversary, Abingdon School U15, from Oxfordshire. The team was loaded with County and minor county representitives and the cricket that ensued in difficult, windy conditions was a credit to both sets of players and the hardy supporters!
Abingdon set TCC 162 to win from 30 overs and after a slow start against some excellent bowling and tight fielding the required run rate was shooting up. A positive and well paced partnership of 103 between B Ward (42) and R Klein (71 not out) left us needing 40 from the last 4 overs. An amazing display of power hitting by Ryan, including 7 sixes got TCC home off the last ball, 8 wickets down.
All that excitement was matched last weekend when two teams mixed between TCC and Edgemead CC at U14 and U17 level took on Colfes School from London in their respective age groups.
Both games again went to the wire and again both home teams had the mental strength to see it home.
The U17 game was a tight affair with bowlers generally on top. Set 161 to win TCC/ECC got home in the last over, 8 down with good contributions from Dylan Johnson (52) and Branden Ellison (24 not out) seeing us home.
The U14 game went down to the last ball. Set a demanding 206 to win from 35 there were good contribution from the top order to set us up for a big chase. Dillon Smit opened and almost carried his bat, making a very good 82, but it was left to Michael Nesbitt with two fours in the last over to take us home.
The excitement stops for March to allow our nails to grow back and we have two final fixtures in early April which we will detail soon.
Keep up the good work and enjoy your cricket.
The Complete Cricketer
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