Local up-and-coming cricketer Matthew Erasmus of St Stithians College is making waves in T20 cricket

Shaheen Khan, chairman of SA schools cricket awards Matthew Erasmus with the Hero of the Day award at the Coca-Cola Schools T20 cricket challenge.


Matthew Erasmus of St Stithians College was named the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day on day two of the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge which ended on 26 March.

The prestigious Coca-Cola Hero of the Day award is presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game-changing ‘hero’ moment. Erasmus was selected for the award by an appointed panel of cricket experts after he hit the first century of the tournament scoring an amazing 105 against Selborne College.

“To win the award is very emotional for me,” said Erasmus.

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“Last year I was a reserve for the entire tournament, I only got two opportunities and that was batting eighth. For me to get a chance and to be chosen as the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day is a dream come true and something that I am very proud of being part of.”

Panel member, former Proteas player Robin Peterson said, “Anytime someone gets a 100 in a T20 match is a special effort, and it is not something that you see often in this format.”

Fetsi Mbele, a senior communications manager for the drinks company said, “The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week is where heroes are made. For Matthew, this is hopefully just the beginning of a future in the game. On behalf of Coca-Cola I extend my congratulations, I can’t wait to follow his career going forward as he works towards becoming a hero of South African cricket.”

Edited by Allan Robertson

Michael Butler

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