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Hansen to lead the SA Schools’ cricket side of 2023

By Hannes Nienaber , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News Featured | Main , at 2023-12-20 Tags:

MAKHANDA, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 17: Benjamin Hansen of Western Province during the match between Western Province and KZN Coastal on day 2 of the Khaya Majola Week at Kingswood College City Lords on December 17, 2023 in Makhanda, South Africa. (Photo by Micheal Sheehan/Gallo Images)

MAKHANDA. – The South African Schools‘ cricket side will be led by a pupil from Wynberg Boys’ High in Benni Hansen.

Hansen was rewarded after an excellent Khaya Majola Week with the bat for Western Province. Last year Juan James became the first-ever player from Wynberg Boys’ High to captain the SA Schools’ side.

The first SA Schools team was chosen back in 1940 and only 80 players have had the honour since then to lead the national schools’ side.

Hansen was also named as the Cricketer of the Week.

St Stithians College from Johannesburg has the most representatives in the team with three -with Richard Seletswane, Kwena Maphaka, and Esosa Aihevba – all getting a nod from the selectors.

Their provincial side, Gauteng, was crowned champions of the Khaya Majola Week earlier in the day.

It was Seletswane’s third SA Schools’ cap. The last player to represent the national schools’ side for three years was Thulani Ngxoweni (Selborne College) of Border back in 1996.

Another rare occurrence is with the selection of Boland’s captain, Riley Norton who joins an elite group of sportsmen. Norton is the 15th sportsman to achieve the feat of being selected for the SA Schools’ rugby and cricket sides.

The list includes sportsmen like Herschelle Gibbs, Conrad Jantjies, Helgard Muller, Gerbrand Grobler, and Ruan de Swardt.

The selectors also sent a clear message with their selection that players’ performances during the Khaya Majola Week take precedence over reputation.

Nine of the South African U19-side who will represent the country at the ICC u19 World Cup did not make the SA Schools or SA Colts sides.

The national SA u19 captain, David Teeger, Nqobani Mokoena, Oliver Whitehead, Romashan Pillay, Martin Khumalo, Lhuan-dré Pretorius, Steve Stolk, and Ntando Zuma were not selected for either of the two schools’ sides.

Maphaka, Norton, Seletswane, Dewan Marais (Easterns), Esosa Aihevba (Gauteng) of the national u19-group did make the SA Schools’ side, while Sipho Potsane (Gauteng) received an SA Colts’ cap.

The SA Colts’ side will be captained by North West‘s opening batsman Muhammed Bulbulia.

The SA Schools and Colts sides will face each other in the SA Schools Challenge on St George’s Park in Gqeberha on Thursday.

The teams:

SA Schools: Benni Hansen (Wynberg Boys’ High, WP – captain), Hayden Bishop (Kearsney College, KZN), Esosa Aihevba (St Stithians College, Gauteng), Tristan Luus (Waterkloof, Titans), Kwena Maphaka (St Stithians College, Gauteng), Dewan Marais (Marais Viljoen, Easterns), Riley Norton (Paul Roos Gimnasium, Boland), Parth Patel (St Benedict’s College, Easterns), Ludwich Shuld (Potchefstroom Volkskool, North West), Richard Seletswane (St Stithians College, Gauteng), Ntando Soni (Glenwood, KZN), Jorich van Schalkwyk (Affies, Titans).

SA Colts: Muhammed Bulbulia (Fields College, North West – captain), Ross Boast (Hilton College, KZN Inland), Raeeq Daniels (Rondebosch Boys’ High, WP), Riyaad Davids (SACS, WP), Luke Francis (St John’s College, Gauteng), Enathi Kitshini (Thembalethu, Garden Route Badgers), Simon Liversage (Diamantveld, Northern Cape), Ivan Lockem (Hilton College, KZN Inland), Sabelo Mabanga (Ephes Mamkela, Easterns), Hernus Marais (Waterkloof, Titans), Thabiso Ndlela (St Charles College, KZN Inland), Sipho Potsane (Jeppe, Gauteng).

Cricketer of the Week: Benni Hansen (Western Province)
Batsman of the Week:
 Dewan Marais (Easterns)
Bowler of the Week: Esosa Aihevba (Central Gauteng Lions)
Fielder of the Week: Dewan Marais (Easterns)
All-rounder of the Week: Simon Liversage (Northern Cape)

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