The Border team for the 2023 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week has been named, with only three players returning from last year’s group. Thus, it will be a youthful squad representing the region at the prestigious event, which takes place in Makhanda from the 16th to the 20th of December.
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Tré Gilbert and Ben van der Merwe from Selborne College will form the core of the group’s leadership as the most experienced campaigners, along with Queen’s College‘s talisman, Ryan Denston, who was also in the 2022 team.
The trio’s performances at that 2022 week subsequently secured them places at the CSA Cubs Week as part of the Eastern Warriors squad.
Jacques van der Merwe, Adam Rogers and Waeden Plaatjes graduate from the Border u16 team of last year to join the other two Selbornians in the u19 line-up this year, which gives the East London school the largest contingent in the squad.
Hudson Park has four players who cracked the nod, with Chulumanco Macozoma, Osiphesona Mbekwa and Lithemba Nomoyi receiving a call-up.
The exciting prospect from Queen’s College, Bevaneo Maytham, joins Denston as the only other player in the squad from the pride of Queenstown, while Hlumelo Ntola represents Dale College, Amahle Masiko gets the nod out of Sakhisizwe High School and Stirling‘s Chad Evans completes the lineup.
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Border u19: Jacques van der Merwe (Selborne College), Chulumanco Macozoma (Hudson Park), Osiphesona Mbekwa (Hudson Park), Ben van der Merwe (Selborne College), Tré Gilbert (Selborne College), Ryan Denston (Queen’s College), Bevaneo Maytham (Queen’s College), Adam Rogers (Selborne College), Chad Evans (Stirling), Waeden Plaatjes (Selborne College), Lithemba Nomoyi (Hudson Park), Hlumelo Ntola (Dale College), Amahle Masiko (Sakhisizwe High).
5 Selborne College | 3 Hudson Park | 2 Queen’s College | 1 Dale College | 1 Stirling | 1 Sakhisizwe High School