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Northern Champions’ Cubs Week squad includes difference-makers

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

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The Northern Champions have included a number of players with proven attacking match-winning abilities in their line-up for the Cubs Week, which starts in Stellenbosch on 5 January.

After the Titans finished third and Easterns‘ strong performance as one of the smaller unions at the 2023 Khaya Majola Week, the make-up of the Northern Champions marks them as a team that could make some noise in the Winelands.

Titans’ and Affies’ batsman Jorich van Schalkwyk piled on the runs during 2023 and added some big wickets with his off-spin bowling. His consistency and excellence in Makhanda were rewarded with his inclusion in the SA Schools team.

Alongside Van Schalkwyk, the destructive top-order batsman, Marcus Bakker, also cracked the nod from the selectors. He’s consistently among the runs and is recognised as one of the most dangerous shorter-form batsmen in South African schoolboy cricket.

His unbeaten innings of 169 from only 66 balls for Waterkloof against Paarl Boys’ High at the Westvaal North-South T20 tournament was one of the most memorable knocks of the 2023 season.

In the bowling department, Bakker’s schoolmate, fast bowler Tristan Luus, will challenge the opposition batsmen, especially with the new ball. At the same time, the Easterns’ paceman, Juan Steyn, will be steaming in from the other side, giving the team from up north the quickest opening pair at the week.

Adding to an already intimidating bowling attack will be the guile of Parth Patel. His spell of 7/15 for Easterns against Northern Cape was the best yet recorded at the Khaya Majola Week and helped him secure a spot in the SA Schools team.

The team:

Divan de Villiers (Titans, Affies), Mohammad Aslam (Titans, Garsfontein), Marcus Bakker (Titans, Waterkloof), Tristan Luus (Titans, Waterkloof), Lungile Mabuza (Titans, Atteridgeville Hub), Dumisani Motshwene (Titans, Garsfontein), Parth Patel (Easterns, St Benedict’s College), Lethabo Phahlamohlaka (Titans, Cornwall Hill College), Juan Steyn (Easterns, Marais Viljoen), William Tshoke (Titans, Mamelodi Hub), Jorich van Schalkwyk (Titans, Affies), Lukas van Rensburg (Titans, Affies).

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