Miltz milks the opposition

Maritzburg College captain, Scott Steenkamp, batted excellently with scores of 63 and 83 not out, to see his team pull off a magnificent win against St David's at the Fasken Martineau Time Cricket Festival. Photo: Supplied


St David’s Marist Inanda drew some of the best cricket schools in the country to its inaugural Fasken Martineau Time Cricket Festival.

St Stithians College, Maritzburg College, St Alban’s College, King Edward VII School (Kes) and St Andrew’s School came to Sandton for six two-day cricket matches.

While St David’s came away with only a draw to St Alban’s and a loss to Maritzburg, coach Dave Nosworthy said several positives could be taken from the festival for the local school.

St David’s players, Alex Lategan and Jacob Miltz (captain), put on a partnership of 210 against Maritzburg College at the Fasken Martineau Time Cricket Festival. Both players scored more than 250 runs during their three innings at the festival. Photo: Supplied

“We chose to play the festival with no matric boys and used it as an opportunity to blood the youngsters and the future,” said Nosworthy, who previously coached the franchises, Highveld Lions and Titans in South Africa, and Canterbury in New Zealand and Somerset in England.

“The [players] grew immensely over the four days of the festival and, most importantly, learnt all about the various mental toughness challenges and aspects of having to play in a format which with so many T20 matches these days, is pretty foreign to most youngsters.”

He highlighted the two centuries scored by captain, Jacob Miltz, and a century by opening batsman Alex Lategan as impressive, and pointed out the need for the two-day format as the SA U19 side will play 12 Test matches in the next two years.

South African U19 coach, Lawrence Mahatlane, player of the festival and St David’s captain, Jacob Miltz and Conor McFadden of Fasken Martineau. Photo: Supplied

Miltz was named player of the festival, for his scores of 101, 122 and 61. Matt Erasmus od St Stithian’s was awarded best batsman for his 217 runs in two innings.

Craig Meier of Kes was named best bowler for his 15 wickets, while Ruan Cronje of St Andrew’s was awarded best performance, for his 9/59 against St Alban’s.

South African U19 cricket coach, Lawrence Mahatlane, was in attendance and said he was impressed by the level of cricket played.

“I hope to see more young men exposed to this type of cricket,” he commented.

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Nicholas Zaal

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