Hollywoodbets Dolphins Media Release

 No: DOL1961

07 Jan 2019

Embargo: None

 Written by: Nick Tatham

Montgomery to lead SA Under 19 side in India

Durban – Matthew Montgomery, the captain of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins Under 19 Cubs side that recently won the CSA Franchise Cubs Week in Stellenbosch has been selected to lead the South Africa Under 19 side on their upcoming tour of India.

Montgomery, who starred with the bat throughout the tournament, will be joined by three other players from the Dolphins Cubs side, Thamsanqa Khumalo, Lifa Ntanzi and Andile Mogakane for the tour to the sub-continent.

Heading into the Cubs week Montgomery knew that if he put in some strong performances there was a good chance that he could be in line for a South Africa Under 19 call up. He was disappointed by his Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week performances and saw the Cubs Week as an opportunity to put that right.

“I think I went into the Cubs Week with a bit more determination,” Montgomery said. “I wanted to prove myself as a player but also as a leader and to have so many experienced players around me made that a lot easier.”

To have been selected to lead the national side on what is arguably the hardest tour in cricket is a challenge that the former Clifton College star is relishing.

“I had an idea that if I did well enough and got selected for the South African team that I might also be the captain.

“To be leading a South African team to India is going to be a real challenge but I am looking forward to the opportunity,” he added.

The Glenwood duo of Thamsanqa Khumalo and Lifa Ntanzi were hugely influential in the team's triumph with the former scoring 218 runs at an average of 44 through the week.

Ntanzi was the pick of the Dolphins bowlers, picking up eight wickets at an average of 10 with best figures of five for 15.

Andile Mogakane was impressive with both bat and ball, scoring 151 runs at an average just shy of 40 and taking eight wickets at an average of 16 runs per wicket.

"To have four players included in the national Under 19 side is a testimony to the strength of schools cricket and coaching in the province," CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom said.

"We wish the squad all the best and a tour of India will only help them grow as cricketers."

The selection of Montgomery and Mogakane takes the tally of KZN players selected for national age group sides to eight. They join the six players, including Khumalo and Ntanzi, that were picked for the SA Schools and SA Colts sides at the conclusion of the Coke Week at the end of last year.

The team will leave for their tour on 16 February and return on 12 March. The tour includes two four-day Youth Test matches and four Youth One-Day Internationals.

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The Hollywoodbets Dolphins Under 19 Cubs players selected for the SA Under 19 side to tour India (from left): Lifa Ntanzi, Matthew Montgomery (captain), Thamsanqa Khumalo, Andile Mogakane. Supplied


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