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On Friday 20 September Wynberg’s senior cricketers ventured forth into lands unknown to take on the best the Eastern Cape has to offer in this year’s edition of the Cape Schools Cricket Festival. The venue this time around was the arid, but picturesque Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet, which served up difficult, testing conditions for the players to negotiate.
After a long but uneventful drive, the boys checked into their digs at Union High School and readied themselves to take in the festival opener – a floodlit T20 between two invitational sides comprising players from either province. Cameron Tanner and Dominic Miles turned out for the Western Province XI and made a decisive impact with the ball, snaring two Eastern Province scalps to help the visitors secure a comprehensive win.
Wynberg’s festival got underway in earnest with a double-innings declaration match against Selbourne College from East London. The Selbourne skipper won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a dry pitch. Spin did the majority of the damage for Wynberg with off-spinner Cameron Tanner picking up an extraordinary 4 wickets for 5 runs. Youngster Jesse Prodehl grabbed 3 of his own to leave Selbourne all out for 158. Wynberg didn’t fare much better, being dismissed for 164. Opening batsman, Tanner hit a well-played 53. Selbourne then went about setting Wynberg a target in the hope of bowling them out to earn an outright win. Chasing 102, Wynberg ended up on 58-4 when stumps were pulled, ensuring an opening win on the first innings. A solid start to the festival.
Next up were Wynberg’s strongest opponents, Grey High School from Port Elizabeth. Unbelievably, rain delayed the start of proceedings by over an hour and the contest was reduced to a 50 overs-a-side affair. Wynberg won the toss and elected to bat first. A lack of application at the crease and some disciplined bowling from Grey meant Wynberg could only muster 151-9. Grey made light work of the target, reaching it for the loss of just three wickets in the 28th over. A performance to forget.
Wynberg Old Boy, Jacques Kallis: the 'Jacques Kallis Oval' naming ceremony, 2009. Photo courtesy Mike Lumb
Tuesday 2 April 2019: Wynberg Boys’ High & Junior Schools take great pleasure in the news that Old Boy and cricketing legend Jacques Kallis will be awarded the Order of Ikhamanga by the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, at an investiture on Thursday 25 April 2019.
The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. It is one of the highest Orders which can be awarded to a citizen by the President of South Africa. The Ikhamanga, more commonly known in English as the Strelitzia (or Bird of Paradise flower),reflects beauty - just as top sportsmen reflect their unique sporting beauty.
Some well known South African sporting names who have received this award (since its inception in 2003) are Gary Player (golf - gold), John Smit (rugby), Wayde van Niekerk (athletics - gold), Neil Tovey (soccer), Natalie du Toit (swimming - gold), Bryan Habana (rugby).
The only cricketers up to now who have received the award have been Mkhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Basil D’Oliveira.
Now we can add Wynberg’s Jacques Kallis to this list as he has just been announced as a recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver Class).
His cricketing achievements are well known. Discussions are still ongoing regarding the best allrounder ever in cricketing history - Jacques Kallis of South Africa or Garry Sobers of the West Indies? Wynberg boys think it is not a debate as does Wikipedia who describes Jacques as ‘one of the greatest cricketers of all time'. He is still the only cricketer to have scored more than 10 000 test and ODI runs as well as taking 250 wickets in both forms of the game.
Jacques left Wynberg in 1993 as Captain of the 1st X1, vice captain of WP u18 (Nuffield) side and an SA Schools player. He earned three Century Trees at the Oval which nows bears his name. Little did we know then that he would be selected for the national side two years later in 1995 and retire from test cricket, after seventeen years and 166 tests, in 2013 with 45 test centuries to his credit.
The cricketing world has not been slow to honour him:
* ICC Player of the Year: 2005
* ICC Test Player of the Year: 2007
* Wisden Leading Cricketer of the Year: 2008
* SA Cricketer of the Year: 2004 / 2011
* Wisden Cricketer of the Year in his retirement year: 2013
Some interesting personal records:
* Most number of runs in SA Test Cricket: 13,289 (3rd on the all time list)
* 292 test wickets (5th on SA bowling list)
* Most number of Man of the Match awards in Test cricket: 23 (Muttiah Muralitharan second on 19)
And for those who thought he was not an exciting player:
* Second for most sixes in test matches: 97 (Gilchrist 107)
* SA record for the highest (debut) partnership in T20 cricket: 84 (with Graham Smith)
In 2005, WP awarded Jacques a benefit year. He opted to give all the money raised to a Scholarship in his name enabling promising cricketers to attend four prominent cricketing schools around the country - of which Wynberg was one. The criteria was that in the normal course of events, these boys would not have been able to attend a school like Wynberg. Since then over 100 young cricketers have had the opportunity of attending these schools. One of these scholars is 21 year old Kyle Verreynne of the Cobras who is currently well on course to represent his country at the highest level.
Wynberg remembers Jacques Kallis with pride. Not only is his name immortalised at his old school in the Jacques Kallis Oval but also in the two Wills 'Man of the Match’ trophies which he was awarded in his first World Cup in 1996 in India. He donated these two impressive trophies to the School and these are now presented annually by both High and Junior Schools to their respective ‘Cricketers of the Year’.
It is only right that the South African Government now sees fit to honour one of the country's most famous cricketing sons.
Wynberg salutes Jacques Kallis. A well-deserved award.
A #WynbergMedia report with grateful thanks to former WBHS Headmaster, Mr Keith Richardson
Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 February 2019: Wynberg Boys' High School takes great pleasure in welcoming our Old Boys 'home' for the return of the annual summer sport matches between the members of our endless chain. With the drought of 2018 necessitating the cancellation of the event, we're particularly delighted at the number of old boys spanning nearly five decades who responded eagerly to fill the basketball, cricket, tennis, and water polo teams. All school players are invited to join the old boys at the Bill Bowden Pavilion for post-match refreshments.
The full Old Boys' squads and matric years:
Wednesday 27 February
1st XIKyle Williamson (2006)Shabir Mallie (2011)Givon Christian (2010)Grant Edmeades (2010)Dylan Frylink (2010)Lyle Rogers (2013)Quinton Dreyer (2013)Jacques van Velze (2009)Andrew Haupt (2011)Josh Breed (2017)Matt de Villiers (2018)
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Friday 9 November 2018: Fourth term sport has wrapped up: our cricketers continued the fine form shown against Bishops by winning the lion’s share of matches in the final derby against SACS, with some notable performances:
1st XI: T Ntini 3/13 and Z Noor 4/23. R Carr 542nd XI: Lawrence 105*(127), Van Schalkwyk 91(123), a 196 run partnership. Schultz 4/38 (10)4th XI: D Hendriks 56 U15A: Prodehl 4/30 (10) U14A: won a thrilling match by one wicket courtesy of a SACS overthrow. This should not detract however from lower order heroics by Cullan Larkin who scored 22 not out coming in at number 11. A last wicket partnership of 51 by Larkin and Van Reenen secured a Wynberg win. L Harmse 4/57 (9.2). Z van Reenen 62*U14A vs WP U13: L Metu 46 and J James 45. M Bing 2/33 and C Larkin 2/45.U14B: L Meyer 4 wickets for 16 runs.U14C: ended the year unbeaten under the captaincy of Ryan Nell.U14D: C Broad smith 57* Wynberg Staff vs SACS: Thursday 8 November saw our Wynberg Staff failing to ram home the advantage against their SACS counterparts. After Adolf Groenewald, Andrew Wylie, and Pietie Loubser helped post 160 in 20 overs, some desperate bowling and fielding saw Wynberg relinquish the advantage for SACS to tie the match off the last ball.
All Wynberg Cricket results on our website Tennis: The 6ths and 8ths won all their matches against SACS and Muizenberg respectively, with the 4ths and 5ths serving up convincing wins over Rondebosch and Herzlia. On Saturday 6 players from the 2nd and 3rd team played in a mixed doubles tournament with Herschel, Bishops, Rustenburg, SACS and St Cyprians. Wynberg drew St Cyprians as a mixed partner, winning 4 of the matches played.
Cycling: Justin Chesterton earned his Provincial colours for both Mountain biking and Road racing in 2018.
Covered Seating on the Hawthornden FieldDebenture seats on sale now for 2019 and 2020 seasons. R1500 will secure you a parking spot and a reserved seat on the bank for TWO years. Construction on phase 2 and 3 as illustrated in the image will commence once the required number of seats have been sold.
For further information, please email Mr Mike Engelbrecht, Vice-Principal, Sport.
Friday 26 October 2018: Searing temperatures during an early season heatwave made sports participation a tad uncomfortable over the last week, but much welcomed cooler temperatures are expected this weekend against Bishops in polo and cricket.
Our cricketers certainly felt the heat (apologies) last week against Bosch, with few matches ending satisfactorily for us. Well done however to the following boys: Nic Govender 66; Craig Jefferey 56 not out; Dylan Sharp 4/9; Josch Paulsen 80; James Finlay 70; Nur Johnston 57 and Jared Southgate 50.
Monday 16 July 2018: Wynberg sport continued unabated during the cold and wet July holidays with official tours for golf and cricket, while hockey, squash, and rugby proudly showcased individual talent at various interprovincial tournaments held around the country. Nine Wynberg soccer players were part of an invitational tour to the San Marino Cup in Italy, and a number of holiday rugby fixtures were organised around Cape Town.
Our gratitude to the respective sports MICS for sacrificing their time during the mid-year break, and for providing us, below, with a Sports Wrap Up of what our sportsmen achieved on the fields, links, and courts.
Practices, Fixtures, and our Sporting Ethos
Sports practices begin on the first day of school, Tuesday, 17 July, followed by a full round of fixtures during the week ahead. As is the Wynberg Way, all players are expected to support their first teams: once a hockey, squash, rugby, or soccer player has completed his own fixture, he is to change into school uniform to support his 1st team.
Thursday 21 June 2018: The first half of the winter season delivered well on our pre-season hopes in the months leading up to the first matches of the second term. Rain has fallen with nostalgic regularity, and the results on the fields, astros, and courts have been very pleasing and at times even spectacular.
The hockey boys have played a total of 138 matches so far this season and have won 86 with 12 draws. Not only winning the WP Schools’ League (with a match in hand) for the third season running, the 1st XI achieved the Headmaster’s Triple Crown (which includes wins over the Southern Suburbs, and Grey High) and will be aiming to achieve the Grand Slam in the third term.
Rugby turned the corner after the trauma of 2017. The overall results record: played 140, Won 68 with 4 drawn matches. The 1st XV have been a revelation and have come within 30 points of an unbeaten first half of the season. The Headmaster’s Triple Crown was achieved by the 14A, B, and C rugby teams. It was unlucky for the U15A side to draw the first match against Rondebosch – but they remain nevertheless unbeaten in this mini-competition.
Both rugby and hockey have received provincial recognition which is a credit to the work put in the by coaches and the boys. With 16 Wynberg hockey players receiving WP colours this year, rugby has been provincially rewarded with 2 U18 Craven Week players, 1 Academy player, and 3 U16 players to participate at the Grant Khomo Week. Cricket continues mid-year with 14 Wynberg boys in the winter nets set up, with selection to Provincial sides imminent. The Directors of Sport have certainly been hard at work all year round to ensure that this kind of success is sustainable in the long run. Squash produced mixed results in the senior age groups but the Super League side ended the 1st half well with convincing wins over SACS. The juniors are an exciting bunch and their efforts have been recognised with 4 Grade 8s and one U16 boy selected to represent WP at interprovincial tournaments in the June holidays. The names of all representatives are listed at the end of this report. We are also proud to recognise the Wynberg boys who’ve received higher honours in non-school sports. Soccer has excelled playing 45 matches, winning 29 and registering 5 draws. Soccer MIC, Roland Rudd, is leading a Cape Invitation team to Italy these holidays. They will be playing against Milano FS and Ausonia FC as well as training at Inter Milan, before making their way to take part in the San Marino Cup. The team includes Wynberg’s Jarred Johnson, Matthew Petersen, Phiwe Mentoor, Phindile Ralarala, Lyle Hendriks, Joel Abrahams, Keanu Gelderblom, Sibulele Mlunguza, and Luke Hubbard. Basketball has quietly been going about its business during the winter months with the emergence of a new Winter League. We are sure that the players will reap the rewards of this off-season activity once the summer league begins.
Our golfers head down the Garden Route from 22-25 June to participate in the Cape Schools Week, while our Cricket Colts XI heads off to the Highveld for a tournament at White River. Many boys and staff will head back to school in July feeling less than rested – but there is no rest for those with ambition. It is our intention to improve the support at away matches – even those that are not All In fixtures. We have communicated in previous correspondence that all boys are expected, as a matter of course, to stay after their match and watch their first team – no matter what code they play. We realise that this may be inconvenient for parents but trust everyone will buy into what we are trying to achieve. To make matters easier, we are offering boys the opportunity of traveling by bus to Paul Roos on 21 July. If you wish to book a spot on the bus, the cost is R65. Payments can be made by EFT to the school account using reference code SURNAME PRGBUS.
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Friday 15 June 2018: Wynberg Cricket was delighted to accept an invitation from Uplands College in White River to tour during the mid-year holidays. This tour will fly our flag as a Wynberg Colts group of U14 and U15 players, giving them an invaluable pre-season experience against quality teams in Mpumalanga.
As in previous years when our 1st XI squad toured and discovered more in the outfield than just fielders, one of the highlights of the trip will be the opening match against our hosts at the Skukuza Cricket Club Oval in the Kruger National Park, where they will, according to the website, be able “ to add an adventure in the wild before, after and possibly during the match”. [Ed: parents need not fear an encounter in the slips with the ‘Big Five’. The Oval is within the Staff Village, and protected by great hands.]
We thank our schoolmaster coach, Mr Patrick Smith, for pulling the itinerary together - this is his old stamping ground, and his contacts, local friendships, and knowledge of the game will make this a classic school sports tour where cricket skills are developed along with opening new experiences in our sports ethos of ‘Friendship, Rivalry, and Competition’.
Wynberg wishes our touring party the very best - enjoy every moment, play with passion, and bring back memories to last a lifetime.
Headmaster, Mr Jan de Waal, with Wynberg's Cricket South Africa Blue Chip Award
At the end of the 2017/18 schools’ cricket season, Wynberg Cricket was honoured with a Blue Chip Award by Cricket South Africa. Wynberg Boys’ High School is proud, yet humbled, to be the only school in the Western Province to be recognised as meeting the highest standards for cricket development across CSA’s checklist of essentials: “number of teams per age group, number of matches played, coaching infrastructure & qualifications, facility infrastructure, and representation across the school pipeline.”
Wynberg’s Director of Cricket, Andrew Wylie: ”For Jan de Waal, Mike Engelbrecht, and I to be invited to Newlands for ‘a presentation’ was exciting but curious, We went, and were caught in the slips by the media. What an incredible award for my old school to receive, It is a huge honour for Wynberg Cricket.”
With another cricket trophy on Wynberg’s shelf, Andrew expands: “Wynberg Cricket is pure teamwork: our groundsmen, coaches, players, and our Wynberg Families band together with a passion for our brand and cricket in all its formats. A CSA Blue Chip Award must be shared by all, and serve as encouragement to stay on track to seek excellence as one of SA Cricket’s foremost schools.”
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has congratulated those schools that have achieved Blue Chip status for their achievements over the past year.
Friday 25 May 2018: Newly appointed 1st team coach, Paul Phillipson plans to bring a wealth of playing experience and understanding in coaching to the Wynberg Boys' High School Cricket fraternity. In anticipation of starting this new role at Wynberg Boys in August, Phillipson says:
“It will be another major coaching challenge for me in my long cricket career, but I must genuinely say it’s something I have dreamt about. Wynberg is a top, top school in every way and is recognised as such across the cricketing world. There certainly seems to be a solid structure in place with young, aspirant coaches operating throughout the age-groups.
I have massive respect for Andrew Wylie and the expertise he has brought as Director of Cricket. There’s no doubt we will work well together. My aim is to develop improved skills within the squad of 1st team players, to groom better people in a holistic way and to make Wynberg a school that everyone wants to play against. Can’t wait to get started!”
A professional cricketer since age 19, Paul played for Sussex County Cricket Club from 1970 to 1986.
“It does seem a long time ago when I began in county cricket as a medium pace seam bowler and always a tail ender. But the game was evolving, so my skill-sets had to adapt to that of an all-rounder. In my final years at Sussex, I played as an impact batsman and a specialist fielder in the short-format games. We all worked really hard at our fielding and particularly catching, where of course every chance mattered. It meant a lot to me when I became the team’s leading slip fielder, trying to hold on to stinging catches from our two great fast bowlers, Imran Khan & Garth Le Roux, the latter a legendary WBHS old-boy.”
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Wynberg Old Boys’ Union is proud to welcome former Proteas player and international cricketing legend, Makhaya Ntini, as our on-the-spot guest on Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 19h00 at the Bill Bowden Pavilion, Home of Wynberg Old Boys. As always, our Open Mic evenings are open to all, but we regret no school-goers & U18s.
STOP PRESS: MAKHAYA NTINI WILL BE JOINED BY SPECIAL GUEST, ASHWELL PRINCE
One of the leading wicket-takers in SA cricketing history, Makhaya will enjoy a frank exchange with Master of Ceremonies, Old Boy Brad Bing, about his extraordinary journey:
Makhaya's cricket talent was discovered early when he worked as a herd boy in rural Transkei, although unable to speak English, he was awarded a bursary to Dale College, from where his passion and undisputed talent for the game saw him explode onto provincial and international ovals.
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Friday 16 March 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: Only cricket will be in action this weekend, in do-or-die fixtures vs SACS. Our boys should be high on confidence after getting valuable time in the middle last week against various opposition.
From Monday onwards, the pitches will be rolled up, the sun will be packed away and the rain clouds will be wheeled out. On cue, the rugby club begins pre-season friendlies vs Bergvliet, Brackenfell, and Boland Landbou before the A teams embark on long distance and local tours ahead of the Bosch clash, away, on 14 April. Soccer, always keen to buck the trend, will be playing warm-up fixtures on Friday afternoon on the Oude Wijnberg in anticipation of a busy season.
Some housekeeping matters:
1. Practice rugby jerseys will be available for ordering on Moodle only from this weekend. Orders close on Wednesday 21 March.
Friday 2 March 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: The mornings are slightly cooler and the financial year has come to end, a signal that we have reached the last fortnight of summer sport. With tours and derby matches wrapping up the first term 2018, one can anticipate the season going out with a bang.
The Wynberg supporters caps have arrived. Only online orders through Moodle were recorded, caps may be collected from the Student Support Desk on submission of proof of payment.
The rugby department is sourcing an affordable and efficient practice jersey. An online order form will be published to Moodle soon - while the jerseys will be available this year, they will only become compulsory kit from 2019.
Our boys competed against top athletes from Southern Zone schools in the zonal semi-final event held in Bellville. After a long day of competition, 16 of our athletes made it through to next round to form part of the Southern Zone team to take on teams from the Northern, Table Bay, and False Bay Zones for a place in the Western Province athletics team on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March at the Vygieskraal track. The Western Province team will compete at the Western Cape Championships in Paarl on the weekend of 9 March.
We wish them all the very best:
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Above: Wynberg's 1st XI in the Clubhouse at Randjesfontein
Saturday 10 February 2018: On Saturday, Wynberg became the first Cape Town school to be invited to play at Randjesfontein against the John Oppenheimer XI (JEO XI). The trip was the culmination of a phone call between Director of Cricket, Andrew Wylie and Craig Lyons and the legendary generosity of the Oppenheimer family in their quest to bring cricket matches to this majestic ground.
The sprawling Randjesfontein Country estate lies about 25 minutes drive from OR Tambo airport. Owned by the famous Oppenheimer family, it is home to racehorses, stud horses, guest houses, private residences and the most beautiful cricket ground I have ever had the privilege to visit. The oval has been home to the Nicky Oppenheimer XI (NFO XI) over the years.They have traditionally been one of the warm-up match opponents against touring Indian, West Indian, Pakistan, England and Australian sides who have toured here ahead of their encounters with the Proteas.
All flights and accommodation were paid for by the family and the catering on the day of the match was such that anyone who walked into the ground to watch was able to tuck into the feast. The outfield of the oval is manicured to perfection. So similar to a bowling green, it was amusing to see some Wynberg boys staring at it upon arrival before bending down to touch it to see if it was real. With its tall poplar trees creating a shady boundary on the one side of the ground and given the ovals location in the middle of Midrand bush, one gets the feeling that someone dropped an English county ground into the otherwise African location.
The clubhouse conjures up images of the members stand at Lords, albeit a far more modern design that lends itself to watching cricket on couches from the open plan lounge/patio downstairs or from the balcony leading off the players' change rooms. It was only when play was interrupted by a classic Highveld thunderstorm at about 4 pm that one realized that it took 4 men to push about 60 meters of wood-panelled glass doors into place to keep everyone dry. The clubhouse contains a library of well over 18 000 books – all dedicated to cricket. While going through the shelves, I came across a family photo album containing pictures taken at the match vs Pakistan in 2002. Seeing how the younger and older members or the Oppenheimer family spent the day watching cricket, lounging around the clubhouse with family pets in tow, it reminded me of images of the Kennedys at Hyannis Port in the 1960’s. There are paintings and framed photos of famous players and memorable matches – all gifts from touring teams that have played there. There is even a bat once used by WG Grace in one of the display cabinets.
Above: Wynberg 1st Team in action against Westerford, 9 February 2018
Friday 9 February 2018, Wynberg Boys’ High School: With the Western Cape in the throes of the worst drought in living memory, it is understandable that some of our sporting fixtures have been negatively affected.
The past fortnight has seen fixtures cancelled, rearranged, and in some cases, match formats have been changed to reduce playing time. Our teams are informed during the course of their school day of any changes, and we expect our students to communicate these with their parents directly in respect of transport, match support, and kit requirements. We thank you for your understanding.
A joint statement written by the Boys’ High Schools has been published and outlines our reasons for continuing with our sporting programme – albeit a curtailed one.
The drought plan for sport for the rest of the term is as follows:
Tuesday 6 February 2018: at a recent meeting at Wynberg Boys' High School between the Headmasters of Wynberg, Bishops, SACS, and Rondebosch, a joint position on a measured and constrained school sports programme was undertaken.: