Two KZN youngsters in SA U19 squad
Durban – Two KwaZulu-Natal players, Andile Mokgakane and Fraser Jones,
have being selected for the South African Under-19 side that was announced
to take on current Under 19 World Champions the West Indies in July.
The team, will take on the Caribbean side in a five-match Youth One-Day
International series from 9-19 July in Pietermaritzburg and Durban with
the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand just eight months away.
Mokgakane, who is from Lindelani, was earmarked from the age of 10
years-old as a player to watch and was introduced to the Township Cricket
Programme. He was then elevated to the Elite Township Squad and was then
offered a spot at Northwood through the Sunfoil Bursary Fund.
Director of cricket at Northwood, Andrew Shedlock, was full of praise for
Mokgakane following his hard work and dedication to cricket since his
arrival at the Durban-north school.
“It is great to see a player like Andile go onto higher honours,” Shedlock
“He is one of the success stories of the Township Development initiative
after he was scouted and brought to Northwood three years ago.
“We always knew that he had the talent. We just wanted to provide an
environment where he could grow as a player and as a scholar – it is such
a great story to see him achieve what he has.”
The top-order batsman and seamer has also been playing club cricket at
Hollywoodbets Crusaders and was one of the stand-out players for the
Castle Premier League champions at the recent Momentum Club Championships
“Crusaders have been really good to him, helping financially as well as
offering him a place to play club cricket.
“Andile was one of the better players in their side at Club Champs and it
can only be good for his cricket to be learning from some experienced
players,” Shedlock added.
The other young KwaZulu-Natal based star to be selected for the SA
Under-19 squad is Michaelhouse schoolboy Fraser Jones who has impressed
with the ball, but has shown his worth with the bat for school,
KwaZulu-Natal Inland and the South African Under-17 Invitational side
Surprisingly, Jones is only going into his Under-17 age group this year
and will be eligible for another year of provincial cricket in this age
category before moving on to the Under-19 age division.
“He was definitely one of our most important players at the national
Under-17 week last year,” mentioned Quintie Naude, Jones’ KZN Inland
Under-17 coach last year.
“His ability to bowl up front, bat in the middle order and field
brilliantly meant that he was invaluable to our side and his ability to
handle pressure situations was also a stand-out feature of his game.
The two players will join the national Under-19 squad in Durban on 28 June
with the first of the five Youth One-day Internationals taking place on 9
July at the Chatsworth Oval.
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