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A remarkable achievement for Saints’ trio

By Mbali Hlophe , in Cricket | News , at 2023-11-14

In a truly remarkable achievement for St Stithians College, four of their cricketers were named in the provisional SA u19 cricket squad, which is set to fly the flag for the rainbow nation at the ICC u19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka from 13 January to 4 February.

What elevates the selection of Kwena Maphaka, Richard Seletswane and Lhuan-dre Pretorius to the next level is the fact that all three are in grade 11 only. The thought for Saints’ opposition that they have to put up with another year of the triumvirate must be intimidating.

The fourth Saints’ cricketer is Esosa Aihevba, who served on the school’s Student Affairs Committee as the Head of Sport in 2023.

For Maphaka, it has been an incredible year. Not only has he excelled on the cricket field, but he was also part of the St Stithians 1st hockey team that captured the Aitken Trophy, Johannesburg’s premier schools’ hockey competition, for the first time in 48 years.

Last year, he was the youngest player in the South African under-19 squad, still aged 16. This year, in June, he made his first-class debut, turning out for South Africa A against Sri Lanka A, and returning figures of 2 for 43 and 1 for 27 as a first- or second-change bowler. Incredibly, at the time, he had not yet represented his province, the Lions.

Maphaka was also named the Under-19 Men’s Player of the Year at Cricket South Africa‘s pathway awards ceremony for the 2022-23 season.

In October, he was selected by the Paarl Royals in the SA20 auction. There, he’ll be joined by his schoolmate Lhuan-dre Pretorius, who was also tagged by the Royals.

Mphaka, Pretorius and Seletswane were, furthermore, part of the SA Emerging team that won the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Division Two title in October with a comprehensive 8-wicket victory over the previously undefeated ITEC Knights.

error: Sorry ol' chap, those shenanigans are not permissible.