The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week is without a doubt a major stepping stone for cricketers who want to play first class cricket and ultimately represent the Proteas. One of the top players of the 2010 edition of the tournament, Quinton de Kock already made his franchise debut for the Highveld Lions. De Kock (83) scored an half-century in his first match against the Nashua Titans in the Franchise 1-Day Cup.
De Kock was named player of the tournament in Bloemfontein last year after scoring two centuries and a half-century during the week. De Kock already gave his first step towards representing the Proteas at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week. Even players who represent other countries like Kevin Pietersen, Craig Kieswetter (both England) and Grant Elliot (New Zealand) also gave their first steps to professional cricket at the Khaya Majola Week.
This year’s 69th edition of the tournament in Cape Town, which was formerly known as the Nuffield Week, will be no different with some future international stars definitely between the players who will attend the tournament. The Mother City last played host to the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in 2002. Current Protea players AB de Villiers and Vernon Philander was selected to represent the South African Schools’ side at the conclusion of that year’s tournament. Philander recently made his test debut in the series against Australia and was also named the man of the series.
Interesting is the fact that quite a few of the players who made the South African Schools’ side the last time the tournament was held in Cape Town also played in the Coca-Cola Craven Week for rugby earlier that year. AB de Villiers (Blue Bulls flyhalf), Adrian Penzhorn (KwaZulu-Natal centre) and Craig Thyssen (Eastern Province flyhalf) all played for their respective provinces during the rugby week which was held in Pietermaritzburg that year. It is also interesting that two future Springbok rugby players Peter Grant (KwaZulu-Natal) and Andries Strauss (Free State) also attended the last Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Cape Town.
Athi Dyili (Border), Divan van Wyk (Free State), Blake Snijman, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morné Morkel (all Gauteng), Jandré Coetzee (Griqualand West), Ugasen Govender and Saidi Mhlongo (both KwaZulu-Natal) are just a few from the 2002 crop who are plying their trade as proffesional cricket players in South Africa. Morkel is an excellent example that you don’t have to represent the South African Schools’ side if you want to go on and represent South Africa on the cricket field. Morkel is one of the Proteas’ stalwarts in their bowling attack the last couple of years.
The 2011 edition of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week is likely to produce a fast bowler of note. The only remaining member of the 2010 South African Schools’ team who will attend the tournament is pace bowler Lizaad Williams of Boland. Another four seam bowlers Corné Dry (Free State), Prenelan Subrayen (KwaZulu-Natal), Shaylen Pillay (Gauteng) and Rabian Engelbrecht (Boland) was part of the South African under-19 touring party which clashed with England in a limited overs series earlier this year. Other players who was part of the team who will also be in action in Cape Town is Regardt Verster (Northerns), Diego Rosier (Griqualand West) and Calvin Savage (KwaZulu-Natal Inland).
Five players who made the national Colt-team last year in Bloemfontein Pillay, Dry, Mark Airey (KwaZulu-Natal), Rosier and Marcello Piedt (South Western Districts) will be aiming for places in the South African Schools’ side in the Mother City. Dry who will captain the Free State will attend his third Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week. His brother, Chris Dry represents the national sevens side in rugby.
Another player who has some well-known relative is Michael Rushmere who is the son of former Protea batsman, Mark Rushmere. Michael will represent Eastern Province at the week like his father. Mark captained the South African Schools’ side in 1982 and 1983.
Boland:Keegan Pietersen (New Orleans), Jean Bredenkamp (Paarl Boys’ High), Rantin Fortuin (New Orleans), Gideon Conradie (Paarl Gimnasium), Rudolph Pollard (Paarl Boys’ High), Wade Robyn (Bridgehouse), Junaid Cassiem (New Orleans), Jan Frylinck (Boland Landbou), Rabian Engelbrecht (New Orleans), Arno Pekeur (Langeberg Secondary), Lizaad Williams (Hugenote), Laughton Barends (Paul Roos Gimnasium), Clint Brockman (Paarl Boys’ High).
Eastern Province: Edward Moore (Grey Boys’ High School), Jaycin Snyman (Grey Boys’ High School), Curtis Samboer (Grey Boys’ High School), Solomzi Nqweni (Grey Boys’ High School), Tladi Bokako (Motherwell), Standiwe Lingani (Muir College), Ian Herold (St. Andrew’s College), Michael Rushmere (St. Andrew’s College), Nicholas Gailey (Kingswood), Anrich Nortjé (Brandwag), Mbulelo Budaza (Woodridge), Thomas Hobson (Woodridge), Shakier Abrahams (Grey Boys’ High School).
Free State: Ruben Bouwer (Grey College), Corné Dry (Grey College), Ryan du Plessis (St. Andrews), Sachintha Galhenhage (Grey College), Andries Gous (Grey College), Gary Groenewaldt (St. Andrews), Jamian Maarman (Louis Botha), Thabo Masheshemane (Sasolburg HS), Sine Ntshona (St. Andrews), Vasili Orros (Grey College), Thabang Rakhatla (Dr. Reginald Cingo), Heinrich Roberts (Grey College), Johan van Dyk (St. Andrews).
Gauteng: Yassar Cook (St. Stithian’s College), Paul de Chaud (King Edward VII), Anton van Dam (Waterstone College), Bruce Jaftha (Randfontein), Carmi le Roux (King Edward VII), David Rhoda (St. Stithian’s College), Gareth Harte (King Edward VII), JP Kotze (Heidelberg Volkskool), Michael Faasen (St. Stithian’s College), Michael Sherratt (St. David’s College), Shaylen Pillay (King Edward VII), Thami Rapelego (Westcol High), Shadyne Soogreem (Maragon College).
Griqualand West: Xander Pitchers (Noord-Kaap), Sam Laven (Emang Mmogo), Diego Rosier, Achmat Richards, Zane le Roux, Sergio Arends, Aiden Brooker, Jaco Buys (almal Noord-Kaap), Keegan Muller (Elizabeth Conradie), Kagisho Mohale (Emang Mmogo), Ainslee Bok (William Pescod), Dylan McKenzie (De Aar), Reagile Hottie (Emang Mmogo).
KwaZulu-Natal: Jared van Heerden (Durban High School), Mishkal Ramsaroop (Glenwood), Mark Airey (Kearsney College), Senuran Muthusamy (Clifton), Michael Shadwell (Kearsney College), Sashlin Reddy (Westville Boys’ High), Grove Venter (Glenwood), Kyle Simmonds (Westville Boys’ High), Craig Kirsten (Kearsney College), Prenelan Subrayen (Glenwood), Cyril Mthimkulu (Glenwood), Cele Khalipa (Northwood), Trevor Kietsmann (Felixton).
KwaZulu-Natal Inland: Keegan Davids (St. Charles College), Darryn Pavillon (Maritzburg College), Matthew Ford (St. Charles College), Bantu Futshane (Hilton College), Kewan Harries (Maritzburg College), Parvishkar Indrajith (St. Charles College), Fezile Memela (Maritzburg College), Robin Mitchell (St. Charles College), Vaughan Moses (St. Charles College), Tintswalo Mukansi (Hilton College), Calvin Savage (Maritzburg College), Jason Shield (Hilton College), Dean Robinson (St. Charles College).
North West: Schalk Steyn (Potchefstroom Volkskool), Kamogelo Sereo (Potchefstroom THS), Falakhe Phonoshe (Potchefstroom THS), Phillip Snyman (Rustenburg), Yusuf Laher (Lichtenburg), Marcus Fourie (Klerksdorp HS), Herman Smith (Klerksdorp HS), Michael Stuurman (Rustenburg THS), Roland Mahne (Lichtenburg), Shaun Gaonnwe (Vryburg), Molope Thato (Field’s College), Herman Lemmer (Lichtenburg) Rupert Viljoen (Potchefstroom Gimnasium).
Western Province: David Bedingham (Wynberg Boys’ High), Taariq Chiecktey (Rondebosch Boys’ High), Rudolph Cronjé (Stellenberg), Hilio de Abreu (Rondebosch Boys’ High), Josh Fransman (Wynberg Boys’ High), Sebastian Golding (Diocesan College), Dalton Kannemeyer (Wynberg Boys’ High), Shabir Mallie (Wynberg Boys’ High), Travis Muller (Wynberg Boys’ High), Matthew Norris (Rondebosch Boys’ High), Ntsika Shushu (Camps Bay), Jason Smith (Wynberg Boys’ High), Jaco Zeeman (Rondebosch Boys’ High).