CSA TAP XI learn to play the longer game in St David’s Festival
For the second-consecutive year, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) team will be taking part in the St David’s Marist Inanda Fasken Time Cricket Festival in Johannesburg between 05 – 08 September.
The 12-team festival is a cricket season-opener for Gauteng schools and this year’s event has been extended to feature 11 of the country’s top cricketing schools, with the TAP XI rounding off the talented pool. The four days of time cricket action is used by CSA to give up-and-coming players a chance to compete against the traditional cricketing schools.
Last year’s team included the likes of Bonga Makaka, Marco Jansen, Lifa Ntanzi and Achille Cloete, who went on to represent the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19 team that toured India in February. Jansen has since been drafted by the Durban Heat as a rookie in the second edition of the Mzansi Super League.
“We are delighted to get the opportunity to expose some of these rising stars to cricket at this level,” commented Niels Momberg, CSA Youth & Tertiary Cricket Manager.
“The players come from our provincial high-performance programmes and are at schools which do not attend festivals like the St David’s event or the Michaelmas Week in Pietermaritzburg, so this is a great opportunity,” he added.
The teams will play two, two-day matches which will feature two innings each with the captain’s declarations allowed. Five of the top Johannesburg school will be present and they will be joined by Paul Roos Gymnasium from Stellenbosch, St Alban’s College from Pretoria, St Andrew’s School from Bloemfontein and KwaZulu-Natal’s Clifton College and Maritzburg College.
The St David’s Festival began as a T20 competition but was changed to the time cricket format in 2017 when the school’s Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy, began his tenure. Nosworthy, who has coached cricket at the highest levels, insists that the best cricketing lessons are taught to players in longer formats of the game.
“Twenty-over cricket has its place, but it should not be a pre-season activity,” Nosworthy explained. “At this time of the year players should be building fitness and resilience. Batsmen and bowlers need to build confidence in their shots and bowling actions, and captains should be given the opportunity to learn when to declare.”
“T20 cricket is too short to allow those things to happen,” Nosworthy added. “You have to spend way more time out there than a T20 game allows.”
“Our schoolboy captains cannot become tactically astute if they are not exposed to situations in which they have to make decisions and those situations only present themselves in longer formats of the game.”
CSA TAP XI:
Taheer Isaacs (Central Gauteng Lions), Tebogo Mathe (North West), Ethan Keiffer (Western Province), Khaya Nyamathe (Easterns), Emmanuel Motswiri (Central Gauteng Lions), That Msizi (Western Province), Juandre Johnson (Easterns), Merrick Brett (Northerns), Gerhardus Fourie (Limpopo), Odirile Modimokoane (North West), Karabelo Matlawe (North West), Daniel Van der Merwe (Northerns)
Fasken Time Cricket Festival Fixtures
Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September
Jeppe vs Clifton (St David’s Mc Gregor)
St David’s vs Paul Roos (St David’s La Rosey)
CSA TAP vs KES (St David’s La Valle)
St Stithians vs Maritzburg College (St Stithians)
St Alban’s vs Noordheuwel (St David’s Gier)
St Andrew’s vs St John’s (St John’s).
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September
St Alban’s vs Clifton (St David’s La Rosey)
KES vs St Andrew’s (St Stithians)
St Stithians vs Paul Roos (St David’s Gier)
St David’s vs Noordheuwel (St David’s La Valle)
St John’s vs Maritzburg College (St John’s)
Jeppe vs CSA TAP (St David’s Mc Gregor).