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Coastal Conquerers name well-balanced Cubs Week squad

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-01-02 Tags:

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 06: Romashan Pillay of Coastal Conquerors celebrate the wicket of Tyler Stag of Eastern Warriors during the match between Eastern Warriors and Coastal Conquerors on day 3 of the CSA Cubs Week at Tassies Oval on January 06, 2023 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

The Coastal Conquerers have put together a well-balanced and strong squad for the 2024 Cubs Week. The event, which brings together the cream of South Africa’s young cricket talent, takes place in Stellenbosch from 5 to 9 January.

The Conquerers, the defending champions, will be regarded as one of the favourites after strong performances from both the KwaZulu-Natal and KZN Inland sides at the Khaya Majola Week in 2023.

KwaZulu-Natal and Glenwood paceman, Nthando Soni, will spearhead their attack. Soni was the second-leading wicket-taker at the Khaya Majola Week, with 12 to his name, just behind SA u19 representative Esosa Aihevba. Then, playing for SA Schools, he blew through the SA Colts side, capturing 5/20, to see his team to a convincing victory in the annual fixture.

Another big name, Ross Boast, also cracked the nod from the selectors after delivering the goods in Makhanda. Boast is a talented all-rounder, capable of transforming the course of a match with either bat or ball, and will most certainly be one to watch out for.

KwaZulu-Natal’s leading run scorer at this year’s Khaya Majola Week, Hayden Bishop, also made SA Schools and is a fine asset at the top of the order. The highly rated St Charles’ quick, Thabiso Ndlela, was named in the SA Colts team and adds further steel to the Conquerors’ bowling attack.

Left-arm spinner Roxton Payne, after a very successful u16 week, which KZN won, has also been included and will aim to cement his place among the best youngsters in South African cricket. He’s joined by another of the successful KZN u16 team, left-handed batsman, Semal Pillay.

The team

Thabiso Ndlela (KZN Inland, St Charles College), Ross Boast (KZN Inland, Hilton College), Blake Simpson (KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Boys’ High), Murray Baker (KZN Inland, Michaelhouse), Ross Coetzee (KwaZulu-Natal, Kearsney College), Mfanafuthi Shange (KwaZulu-Natal, Northwood), Shahzaad Perumal (KwaZulu-Natal, Clifton College), Bandile Mbatha (KwaZulu-Natal, Glenwood), Ntando Soni (KwaZulu-Natal, Glenwood), Semal Pillay (KwaZulu-Natal, Durban High School), Roxton Payne (KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Boys’ High), Bayanda Majola (KwaZulu-Natal, Durban High School).

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