Cricket

The College’s founding Headmaster, Mr Anton Murray, was a Springbok cricketer and so it is only natural that cricket became a sport that we have long been associated with here at St Alban’s.  The College has a rich history of cricketing excellence and it has seen many a St Alban’s boy represent the College and then the province, at various age group levels.  In 2009, our Captain of cricket, Josh Richards, had the honour of captaining the South African Schools’ team as well as the South African U19 team that took part in the U19 World Cup in New Zealand.  Along with Josh, men like Gerald Dros  (Head Boy 2001), Deon Kruis, Dan Van Zyl, Matthew Arnold, David Bunn and Rivaldo Moonsamy have all gone on to play first class and franchise cricket.  The Cricket Club turns out 10 teams on match days in summer, 4 sides in the open division and 2 each in the U16, U15 and U14 divisions.  The 1st XI, 2ND XI, U16A, U15A and U14A teams traditionally play all day cricket on Saturdays, whereas the 3rd and 4th XI’s, along with the B and C teams, play 30 over cricket on Saturdays.

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staff and facilities

The Director of Cricket, Mr Greg Smith, wants to introduce more T20 cricket among the B and C sides during mid-week, in order to give those boys more game time, in a format that is revolutionizing the game at the moment.  It is also hoped that the boys will fine-tune their skills more by playing this sort of cricket, than by training on Wednesdays.

Our training facilities are second to none, with no less than 10 turf nets and 10 astro net facilities. We play all our matches at home on turf.  We have 5 superb cricket ovals and as a result host a number of cricket weeks.  The Independent Schools’ Cricket Week takes place at the College in February every year and Cricket South Africa uses our facilities regularly in December for Inter-Provincial Cricket Weeks.  We host matches for the National Club Championships that take place in Pretoria and the Northerns Titans use our grounds for training and matches.

For any further information regarding cricket please contact Greg Smith at the following e mail address:  smithg@stalbanscollege.com