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Schoolboy Maphaka finding his feet fast in senior cricket

By Hannes Nienaber , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News Featured | Main , at 2024-03-17 Tags: ,

Kwena Maphaka of the Lions celebrates a wicket during the CSA T20 Challenge. PHOTO: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind whether or not Kwena Maphaka is the real deal, there shouldn’t be any longer.

The 17-year-old ICC u19 World Cup Player of the Tournament made a major step up during only his fourth match for the Central Gauteng Lions in this format as he was entrusted to bowl the super over against Western Province.

The learner from St Stithians College in Johannesburg needed to defend a mere ten runs in the super over which he successfully did to help his side secure the victory.

Maphaka made his CSA T20 Challenge debut for the Lions against Boland earlier this month. The match against Western Province was only his fourth.

He has previously represented the South African u19 side in division 2 of the competition. The youngsters won the competition with Maphaka in their midst in 2022.

In his debut match against Boland, he picked up three wickets at the cost of only 22 runs in his four allotted overs. He also boasted some good bowling figures in his second match against North West of 2/11.

In his third match against the Titans (1/37) he came up against his former Saints and SA u19 teammate Lhuan-dré Pretorius (9). He however didn’t pick up his friend’s wicket.

This was Pretorius’ debut for the Titans as well as in the competition.

Pretorius was forced to search for a school in Pretoria to finish his schooling career after he signed with the Titans to continue his career after matriculating. The Central Gauteng Lions informed him that he won’t be eligible for selection for their Khaya Majola Week side at the end of this season.

Pretorius found a home at Cornwall Hill College after initially trying to move to Affies where his younger brother, Vihan Pretorius is plying his trade. The fact that his whole high schooling career was in English at Saints made the move to Affies difficult.

Cornwall Hill College is the perfect fit as it is where Protea captain Aiden Markram played before moving to Pretoria Boys’ High. At Cornwall Hill College Pretorius will also find some excellent support from the Director of Cricket, Malan Morkel.

Maphaka is the third South African to be named ICC u19 World Cup Player of the Tournament after Markram (2014) and Dewald Brevis (2022).



Hannes Nienaber
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