Eerste krieketspan is Mpumalangawenners
Voor: Corne Jansen van Vuuren, Reinhardt Visser, Willem Kurpershoek, Ewald Steenkamp en Gerhard Nel. Agter: Dirkse Steenkamp, Jaco Jacobs, Shaun Neethling (afrigter), Arno Kruger (kaptein), mnr. Enrique Basson (afrigter), Kyle Christie, Gysbert Ehlers, Duan Tupper en Coenraad Visser.
Deur Willem Kurpershoek
MHS se eerste XI en O/15A-span was gelukkig genoeg om te gaan toer as voorbereiding vir die seisoen. En het Middies se krieketspelers nie uitgeblink in die jaarlikse Hoërskool Merensky Krieketweek nie.
Die Eerste XI het wedstryde teen gedugte teenstanders soos Stanford Lake College, Pretoria-Noord Hoërskool, Hoërskool Waterkloof en Heidelberg Hoër Volkskool gespeel. Hulle het die week as die enigste onoorwonne span afgesluit na oorwinnings van 315 lopies, 219 lopies, 6 paaltjies en 242 lopies.
Die O/15A-span het wedstryde teen Pretoria-Noord Hoërskool, Hoërskool Pietersburg, Hoërskool Dr. EG Jansen en Heidelberg Hoër Volkskool gespeel. Hulle het gemengde welslae behaal, maar tog waardevolle lesse geleer.
Middies also shined at the prize giving ceremony after the conclusion of the week’s cricket. David Blenkinsop was named the Best Player of the Tournament after stunning performances with bat and ball, scoring a century and claiming 10 wickets in the process. Aiden Vandenbrouck was awarded the Best Bowler of the Tournament after picking up two 5-wicket hauls. Andrew Martin was named Batsman of the Tournament after contributing the whole week with the bat, topped by a great knock of 177. The Merensky Week “Dream Team” was announced and Middies’ cricketers were rewarded for their great performances as Aiden, Andrew and David all made the team and our First XI coach, Shaun Neethling was announced as the coach of the team. Willem Kurpershoek also played himself into the U/15A “Dream Team” with stellar performances with both bat (51) and ball (5-20).
The League started on 9 August. Both the First XI and U/15A-team recorded shock losses against our bitter rivals, HTS Middelburg.
But since that shock defeat, our First XI has responded splendidly as they went undefeated through the next two matches against HTS Witbank and HGH. On the back of those results they progressed to the next stage of the league, and played their first game versus Penryn College. And we absolutely hammered them in their own backyard after recording a score of 290 and bowling them out for just 62.
Die O/15A-span behaal naelskraapse oorwinning van 1 paaltjie teen HTS Witbank. Die volgende twee wedstryde was net so spannend en ons span het ongelukkig met 15 en 12 lopies as verloorders uit die stryd getree onderskeidelik teen Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog en Hoërskool Ligbron.
Both teams each have a few games left before the curtains closes on an amazing cricket season and we can be assured of each cricketer’s full effort and commitment in their bid to become Mpumalanga Champions!