KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Media Release

 No: KZNCU1928

14 Dec 2018

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Written by: Siphiwe Gibayi


Coastal & Inland sides geared up for Khaya Majola Coke Week

Durban – The best under 19 cricketers from KZN Coastal and KZN Inland will join the rest of the country’s young talent at this year’s edition of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week in Cape Town from 16 to 20 December.

16 teams will participate in the 2018 instalment of the prestigious cricket week which includes neighboring country Namibia.

KZN Coastal coach Mduduzi Mbatha said his team’s preparation is well on track leading into the tournament which is only days away.

“The preparations have been good,” Mbatha said. “What we’ve focused on closer to the tournament is making sure that everyone understands their role.

“We want everyone to buys into whatever they have to do for the team to do well – understanding that the team comes first.”

Mbatha is no stranger to school boy cricket as he was part of the SA Schools XI in 2005.

The 40 year old tournament is responsible for unearthing some of the country’s finest cricketers. Many who have gone on to play franchise cricket, and represent the Proteas.

Marquee players who have been involved in the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week and remained mainstays in the Proteas setup include fast bowler Lungi Ngidi (KwaZulu-Natal Inland) and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (KZN Coastal).

The 2018 edition of Coke Week, as it is famously known across the country, will not be shy of talented individuals and KZN Coastal will be boasting all-rounder Andile Mogakane who was part of the 2017 South African Under 19 World Cup squad in New Zealand.

“There are a few guys that are going to the tournament for the second or third time this year so they know what’s expected.

“We’ve just made sure that they are in a good frame of mind and that they enjoy being there for the last time as a group; as majority of the guys are in matric and it’s their last school boy tournament,” Mbatha added.

KZN Coastal will take on Central Gauteng at Rondebosch Boys High in their first match while KZN Inland will lock horns with Northerns at Bishops.

The competition is played over a course of five days and consists of three different formats.

Day one and two are time cricket, day three sees two rounds of T20s and four and five will be 50 over contests.

The fixtures for the final two days of the week will only be decided after the first three days are completed with the matches scheduled on a strength-on-strength basis.

Gauteng will provide the Coastal side with a stern test first up as the men from the Highveld have historically been one of the strongest sides at Coke Week.

“The boys are up for the challenge and know it will be a tough game so they have to bring their A game and are excited to showcase their skills against one of the best sides,” Mbatha said.

Despite having one of the smaller bases of players to chose from KZN Inland coach Minenhle Magubane and his team will not take a step back for any team.

“We are not intimidated by any team, we believe that we are the best in the country we just have to go out there and produce the results,” Magubane added.

“Execution will be key, we just have to carry out what we have prepared and the results will take care of themselves,” Magubane said.

With six matches in five days, the demand on the players is going to be high and Magubane understands the importance of being fresh on their arrival in Cape Town.

“To prepare for the amount of cricket that will be played at Coke Week, we opted to take a break from training but there are some guys who are putting in the hard yards in one-on-one training sessions,” Magubane said.

Inland will have the likes of SA Under 19 players Fraser Jones and Mondli Khumalo to rely on through the week.

The week culminates in the announcement of the South African Schools side as well as the SA Colts XI

More information can be found at www.dolphinscricket.co.za.

KZN Coastal Squad:
Caleb Pillay (Westville), Thamsanqa Khumalo (Glenwood), Matthew Montgomery (Clifton), Andile Mogakane (Northwood), Matthew Pollard (Westville), Mhlengi Ndaba (Christian High School), Joshua Brown (Clifton College), Prealin Naidu (Kharwastan), Robert Koenig (Kearsney), Steven Naidoo (Glenwood), Lifa Ntanzi (Glenwood), Carl Heunis (Kearsney), Hayden Rossouw (Glenwood,), Coach: Mduduzi Mbatha, Asst coach:Fabian Lazarus, Manager: Gregory Thomson.

KZN Inland Squad:
Nathaniel Benjamin (St Charles), Michael Brownlee (Michaelhouse), Jared Campbell (Maritzburg College), Jayden Gengan (Maritzburg College), Wezo Gqiba (Hilton College), Fraser Jones (Michaelhouse), Mondli Khumalo (Maritzburg College), Robbie McGaw (Hilton College), James Ritchie (Hilton College), Gareth Schreuder (Hilton College), Mikey Sclanders (Hilton College), Andile Zondi (Msimude High), Thabiso Zondi (Msimude High) Coach: Minenhle Magubane, Asst Coach: Ismail Kajee, Manager: Neelan Iyavoo.

KZN Coastal & KZN Inland Fixtures:

16 December 2018
Central Gauteng vs KZN Coastal - Rondebosch Boys’ High
Northerns vs KZN Inland Bishops - Oaks Field

17 December 2018
Boland vs KZN Inland Vineyard Oval - WPCC
Eastern Province vs KZN Coastal Bishops - Oaks Field

18 December 2018 (AM)
Easterns vs KZN Coastal Vineyard Oval - WPCC
Limpopo vs KZN Inland - SACS de Villiers Oval

18 December 2018 (PM)
KZN Coastal vs Free State Vineyard Oval - WPCC
Namibia vs KZN Inland - Cape Town Cricket Club

19 December 2018
TBC

20 December 2018
TBC

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South Africa Under 19 and Northwood star Andile Mogakane will be hoping to make an impact for the KZN Coastals team at the 2018 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Cape Town starting on Sunday. Lee Warren/
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South Africa Under 19 and Michaelhouse star Fraser Jones will be hoping to make an impact for the KZN Coastals team at the 2018 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Cape Town starting on Sunday. Anesh Debiky/
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