Independent Schools’ Cricket Festival

 21 - 24 February 2019  

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Cricket is intricately woven into the very fabric of St Alban’s College: the founding Headmaster, Anton Murray, was a Springbok Cricketer and the founder of this Festival, the late Gerry van Wyk, played in the 1963 SA Schools Cricket side alongside the likes of Barry Richards and Mike Proctor when they toured England. This SA Schools side happened to play Hampshire on their tour and Gerry van Wyk came up against Bob Caple who would later be the cricket professional at St Alban’s for more than 15 years. The scoreboard on the Oval is dedicated to his service to the school.

The Independent Schools Cricket Festival has been around for over 30 years and it is a pleasure to welcome all the schools participating. There is a legacy of camaraderie, sportsmanship and positive interaction over a long period of time and it is, once again, a privilege to welcome old friends, staff, parents and boys to the 2019 event. 

St Alban’s has a proud sporting tradition dating back to 1963 and cricket continues to be one of our flagship sports.  We continue with our festival format for this event, rather than a tournament, to encourage young men who participate in playing competitive cricket in an environment that promotes collegiality, friendship and camaraderie. 

We are delighted that many parents have travelled from around the country to join their sons and we sincerely hope that you will enjoy all the capital city has to offer.  Please take advantage of our hospitality, relax and enjoy yourselves and take in the surrounds of the city and the campus.  Do not hesitate to ask our staff or boys should you have any queries or require any assistance.

The fact that our grounds are in such good shape is a tribute to our Sports Facilities Manager, John Nkuna, who himself played in this Festival on two occasions while a school boy here over a decade ago. Our thanks also go to Krinesan Moodley (Director of Sport), and Greg Smith (Director of Cricket) for their passion and hard work towards this event. I offer my thanks to our partner schools for hosting many of the matches.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Craig Hoyer who started off his career at St Alban’s as the Director of Cricket where he has been instrumental in building our Cricket Club over the last decade and has been dedicated to cricket in the province over a long period of time. He was then promoted to Director of Sport and now finishes off his time with us as the Director of Marketing where he has made a significant difference. This Festival runs in his blood and his presence will be missed in the future but his legacy will live on and we thank him for all he has done for St Alban’s College over the years. We wish him every blessing as he takes up his new position as Director of Sport at Cowan House in Kwazulu-Natal.

I trust that this Festival experience will be an enjoyable one! To the players, enjoy the competitiveness on the field and the relationships and friendships you build with players from other schools and most of all ensure that you revel in the Festival atmosphere.

Shane Kidwell


Medical Information

Intercare - Glenfair Shopping Centre

Open 7 days a week

Monday to Friday 07h00-19h00

SAturday and Sunday 08h00-18h00

Tel: (012) 368 8800

Glenfair Shopping Centre, Cnr Lynnwood and Daventry ROAD, Lynnwood

The St Alban's College Sanitorium will be open during the course of the festival please contact any St Alban's College staff member for details. 


Slade Wiedeman will be available in the St Alban’s College Wellness Centre

Contact Number: 0723780376


Laundry: Laundry will be collected on Friday 22 February and Saturday 23 February at breakfast in the dining hall and returned at supper the same evening.

Toilets: Toilets for ladies and Gentlemen are situated in the Anton Murray Pavilion at the main cricket oval.

Tuck shop: The tuck shop will be open from 08h00-18h00 at St Alban’s college.

Parent Lunches: Lunches for parents are available in the Anton Murray Pavilion at St Alban's College. Please book by 11h00 at the tuck shop in THE Tom hamilton wellness centre Cost R50-00 per person.

Meal Times:

06h30 Breakfast in dining room for staff and boys  

12h30-13h00 Lunch at the field or in the dining room if you are playing at St Alban's College.

18h00-18h30 Dinner in dining room at St Alban's College 

Evening functions 

Wednesday 20 February

18:00 Supper for boys in dining room 

18h30 Managers/Coaches meeting and supper - Anton Murray Pavilion. 

Thursday 21 February

18:00 Supper for boys in dining room

18h30 - 19h00 Headmaster's Function - Anton Murray Pavilion.

Friday 22 FEBRUARY

18h00 Supper for boys in dining room

19h00 Spit Braai for all parents, Coaches and Managers

Tickets available at the tuck shop for parents or book through your coaches @ R140 per head

Saturday 23 february

Team night out - No meals in the dining room 

Sunday 24 February

Teams depart 

2 day cricket hours of play

     Estimated time and overs

09:00 – 10:45      session 1 (105 minutes) 28 overs

10:45 – 11:00      TEA

11:00 – 12:45      session 2 (105 minutes) 28 Overs

12:45 – 13:30      LUNCH

13:30 – 15:15      session 3  (105 minutes) 28 overs

15:15 – 15:30      TEA

15:30 – 17:00      session 4  (90 minutes) 24 overs


17:05 – 18:00      session 5 (55 minutes) 12 overs


 Total time (460 minutes) should be around 120 overs in the day, could be more.


·         Last 20 overs start at 16:30 on Day 2

·         Compulsory declaration at 80 overs in the 1st innings

·         2nd new ball introduced after 60 overs if you require one

·         10 wickets in both innings required to win the game


Playing fields GPS CO-OrDINATES 

St Alban's College

S 25° 46' 24.96" - E 28° 17' 2.76"  

110 Clearwater Road, Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria

St David's Inanda: 

S26°7’14.52 - E28°2’51.72

St John's College: 

S 26° 10’ 36”   -  E 28° 03’ 28”

Cornwall Hill:

°52'24.9" - E 28°14'09.6"

St stithians college:


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