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Wynberg Boys' High School CricketA brief history

Wynberg is proud of its reputation as an icon of South African, if not world, schoolboy cricket. The History of a School (1961) by DH Thompson credits Mr Lloyd, a popular master at Wynberg during the 1880s, with establishing cricket as an institution. He used to hold lunchtime coaching sessions which would conclude with him having a knock against the schoolboys. Legend has it that the boys went to great lengths to avoid getting him out so as to prolong the ringing of the end-of-break bell. Mr Lloyd’s coaching sessions must have worked, for his era coincided with Wynberg’s first two international representatives: Robert Reid Dower and Robert Graham were awarded international colours when they represented South Africa against Lord Hawke’s English team in 1898. Ten Wynberg boys have since played international cricket, including former England captain, Allan Lamb, and arguably the world’s greatest ever all-rounder, Jacques Kallis. Wynberg has produced 55 first-class cricketers and the current domestic scene includes Wynberg Old Boy representation in the form of Richard Levi (Cobras and SA Emerging Squad), Shadley Van Schalkwyk (Chevrolet Knights) and Lolly Siboto (Free State Eagles). The Cape Town premier division club circuit is dominated by Old Boy representation too. We are particularly proud of the brothers-in-an-endless-chain values that our club promotes: our Old Boys do not forget their roots and regularly return to play in our Old Boys’ games in March. Jacques Kallis, too, has not forgotten his roots, giving his name to the prestigious Jacques Kallis Scholarship that is awarded annually to one deserving cricketer to attend Wynberg for the duration of his high school education. Wynberg prides itself on ‘firsts’ and these include becoming the first South African side to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament in Barbados in 1994; entering uncharted waters as the first schoolboy cricket side from outside of the subcontinent to tour Pakistan in 2006 and representing the Cobras franchise at the Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge in 2010 and 2011. Cricket remains one of the school’s premier sports and Wynberg cricketers are known and respected around the world. There is no doubt that the success of Wynberg cricket throughout the last two centuries can be attributed to the legions of passionate players and coaches who have ensured that the greatest of games continues to flourish within the confines of Wynberg’s magnificent grounds.

Mission Statement:

To remain the cricketers’ high school of choice by developing and nurturing cricket talent, whilst instilling and upholding the traditions and values of this great game, by combining like-minded, passionate players and coaches within the picturesque surrounds of Wynberg Boys’ High School.

Achievements

SA Schools Representatives:

K. Brown [1948] J. Burt [1960] A. Lamb [1972] G. Bricknell [1974] B. Clark [1995] S. Hofmeyr [1995] D. Henry [1996] A. Nkomo [1999] R. Levi [2004] M. Siboto [2005] S. Van Schalkwyk [2006] C. Fortune [2010] G. Edmeades [2010] J. Smith [2012] K. Verreynne [2014]

International Representation:

RR Dower [1898] R. Graham [1898] R Schwartz [1904] GA Faulkner [1905] SD Snooke [1907] GA Hearne [1919] JB Robertson [1935] G. Le Roux [1982] A Lamb [1982] {England} A. Martyn [1994] JH Kallis [1995] C. Willoughby [2000] R. Levi [2012]

Read the Jacques Kallis Tribute supplement as published in the Cape Argus, August 2014:

Tours:

Wynberg embarks on four major annual cricket tours in which our players compete against the very best schoolboy cricket talent in the country. Our 1st XI travels to Bloemfontein for the Grey College Festival in January and then attends the Cape Schools’ Week in September. Our u15A squad travels to Port Elizabeth in September to participate in and compete against high-calibre opposition at the Grey High School u15 Cricket Festival. The u14A team attends the Hilton College Cricket Festival in the KZN Midlands during September. This is arguably the most prestigious u14 cricket festival in the country.

Cricket Superskills: Wynberg is the proud host of the Cricket Superskills initiative, brainchild of the late Bob Woolmer and held every February. The day strives to test young cricketers’ abilities with bat, ball and in the field, care of specific, fun-filled drills. Sporting Chance sponsors the event and Supersport sends its cameras. Cricket Superskills 2011 saw hundreds of enthusiastic young cricketers from as far a field as Hermanus descend upon the Jacques Kallis Oval for a hugely successful day. Interest in the 2012 event has already been expressed from as far away as Namibia.