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Fasken Festival get the school cricket season of 2023/24 on its way

By Alex Ralston , in Cricket | News , at 2023-08-30

It’s not all about T20 cricket and limited-overs cricket this coming week as Johannesburg’s cricketing showcase is set to unfold once again as the eagerly anticipated 6th St David’s Marist’s Fasken Festival takes center stage from the 31st of August to the 3rd of September 2023.

With much to be said in the media about the upcoming Proteas Test series in New Zealand and the likes of ‘Bazball’ stealing headlines during the most recent Ashes Test Series and what the future holds for the longest format of the wonderful game. 

There has not been a more important time for a festival like this to take place. With the lack of current South African stars set to feature in the tour due to T20 franchise commitments, the need to grow the pool of players to create depth amongst our first class players is needed.

Each team is set to play two two-day matches which will include declarations and will be centered around time; essentially much like a mini-test match. With a lot of schools opting to focus on shorter format matches, the Fasken Festival provides a lot of young players with the taste of playing a longer format of the match for the first time.  

The art of thriving under pressure, as honed in time cricket matches, can significantly influence a player’s approach to the game’s longer versions. The ability to read the game swiftly, adapt to changing conditions, and strategize effectively will be on full display over the course of the festival. 

With the picturesque Johannesburg skyline surrounding St David’s Inanda and St Stithians College, the two schools where matches will be played, provides the perfect backdrop for a cricketing spectacle that celebrates not only the athleticism of the players but also the camaraderie that defines the sport.

A number of top quality cricketing schools with deep roots connected to producing some of the country’s top current and past South African and International Test cricketers will be taking part; the likes of hosts St David’s Marist Inanda (Temba Bavuma), King Edward VII (Graeme Smith, Quinton De Kock, Neil McKenzie, Keaton Jennings (England), Maritzburg College (Jonty Rhodes, David Miller, Kevin Pietersen (England), St Stithians College (Kagiso Rabada, Wiaan Mulder, Ryan Rickelton) and St John’s College (Devon Conway (New Zealand). 

Of the schools playing this year, King Edward VII has produced the most number of test capped players in the country. The festival is set to provide some high quality matches and some heroic defining moments for some of South Africa’s future stars as they battle it out over the course of the next few days. 

An invitational Lions XI will also be featured among the participating teams, providing an opportunity for up-and-coming talent to make their mark and showcase their skills during the course of the week.

We are reminded that while time is fleeting, the impact of this festival on local cricket will be lasting.

With no real winner of the festival decided at the end of the week, it is safe to say that the real winner is South African cricket and the longevity of the beautiful game of Test cricket. 

The fixtures for the St David’s Fasken Festival are:

31st August and 1st September 2023:

Jeppe High School for Boys vs Clifton (Gier Oval, St David’s)
St David’s Marist vs Maritzburg College (La Valla Oval, St David’s)
Lions Invitational vs King Edward VII (McGregor Oval, St David’s)
St Stithians College vs Waterkloof (Dlamini Oval, St Stithians)
St John’s College vs St Andrew’s (Baytop Oval, St Stithians)
Paul Roos Gimnasium vs Noordheuwel (La Rosey Oval, St David’s).

2nd and 3rd September 2023:

Jeppe High School for Boys vs Paul Roos Gimnasium (Gier Oval, St David’s)
St David’s Marist vs Lions Invitational (La Valla Oval, St David’s)
King Edward VII vs Clifton (La Rosey Oval, St David’s)
St Stithians College vs St Andrew’s (Dlamini Oval, St Stithians)
St John’s College vs Maritzburg College (McGregor Oval, St David’s)
Noordheuwel vs Waterkloof (Baytop Oval, St Stithians)

 

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