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Wynberg Cricket: A Brief History

Wynberg is proud of its reputation as an icon of South African, if not world, schoolboy cricket. The History of a School (1961) by DH Thompson credits Mr Lloyd, a popular master at Wynberg during the 1880s, with establishing cricket as an institution. He held lunchtime coaching sessions which would conclude with him having a knock against the schoolboys. Legend has it that the boys went to great lengths to avoid getting him out so as to prolong the ringing of the end-of-break bell. Mr Lloyd’s coaching sessions must have worked, for his era coincided with Wynberg’s first two international representatives: Robert Reid Dower and Robert Graham were awarded international colours when they represented South Africa against Lord Hawke’s English team in 1898.

Legend has it that the boys went to great lengths to avoid getting him out so as to prolong the ringing of the end-of-break bell. Mr Lloyd’s coaching sessions must have worked, for his era coincided with Wynberg’s first two international representatives: Robert Reid Dower and Robert Graham were awarded international colours when they represented South Africa against Lord Hawke’s English team in 1898.

Ten Wynberg boys have since played international cricket, including former England captain, Allan Lamb, and arguably the world’s greatest ever all-rounder, Jacques Kallis.

Wynberg has produced 55 first-class cricketers and the current domestic scene includes Wynberg Old Boy representation in the form of Richard Levi (Cobras and SA Emerging Squad), Shadley Van Schalkwyk (Chevrolet Knights) and Lolly Siboto (Free State Eagles). The Cape Town premier division club circuit is dominated by Old Boy representation too.

We are particularly proud of the brothers-in-an-endless-chain values that our club promotes: our Old Boys remember their roots and regularly return to play in our Old Boys’ games in March.

Jacques Kallis, too, continues to support his old schools, giving his name to the prestigious Jacques Kallis Scholarship awarded annually to a deserving cricketer to attend Wynberg for the duration of his high school education.

Wynberg prides itself on ‘firsts’ and these include becoming the first South African side to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament in Barbados in 1994; entering uncharted waters as the first schoolboy cricket side from outside of the subcontinent to tour Pakistan in 2006 and representing the Cobras franchise at the Standard Bank Schools Pro20 Challenge in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Cricket remains one of the school’s premier sports and Wynberg cricketers are known and respected around the world. There is no doubt that the success of Wynberg cricket throughout the last two centuries can be attributed to the legions of passionate players and coaches who have ensured that the greatest of games continues to flourish within the confines of Wynberg’s magnificent grounds.


Mission Statement

To remain the cricketers’ high school of choice by developing and nurturing cricket talent, whilst instilling and upholding the traditions and values of this great game, by combining like-minded, passionate players and coaches within the picturesque surrounds of Wynberg Boys’ High School.


SA Schools Representatives

K. Brown [1948] J. Burt [1960] A. Lamb [1972] G. Bricknell [1974] B. Clark [1995] S. Hofmeyr [1995] D. Henry [1996] A. Nkomo [1999] R. Levi [2004] M. Siboto [2005] S. Van Schalkwyk [2006] C. Fortune [2010] G. Edmeades [2010] J. Smith [2012] K. Verreynne [2014]


International Representation

RR Dower [1898] R. Graham [1898] R Schwartz [1904] GA Faulkner [1905] SD Snooke [1907] GA Hearne [1919] JB Robertson [1935] G. Le Roux [1982] A Lamb [1982] {England} A. Martyn [1994] JH Kallis [1995] C. Willoughby [2000] R. Levi [2012]


Tours

Wynberg embarks on four major annual cricket tours in which our players compete against the very best schoolboy cricket talent in the country. Our 1st XI participates in the Cape Cricket Festival in January and attends the Cape Schools’ Week in September. Our u15A squad travels to Port Elizabeth in September to participate in, and compete against, high-calibre opposition at the Grey High School u15 Cricket Festival. The u14A team attends the Hilton College Cricket Festival in the KZN Midlands during September. This is arguably the most prestigious u14 cricket festival in the country. Wynberg's 'Stayers XI', the emerging 1st XI squad for the upcoming season, travels to the Southern Cape in September to play in the Point 1st XI Schools' Festival.


Cricket Superskills

Wynberg is the proud host of the Cricket Superskills initiative, brainchild of the late Bob Woolmer and held every February. Cricket Superskills sees hundreds of enthusiastic young cricketers from as far afield as Hermanus descend upon the Jacques Kallis Oval for a day designed to test young cricketers’ abilities with bat, ball and in the field, care of specific, fun-filled drills.

Cricket Programmes

  • Programme: Cape Cricket Festival 2017

    Full programme for the annual schools' 1st XI cricket festival, proudly co-hosted by Wynberg Boys' High School, Paarl Boys' High School and SACS, 5 - 9 January 2017

Online Features

  • Wynberg's Tebogo Faas on BBC World Service

    Alex Capstick follows the stories of two young black cricketers in South Africa as they struggle to break through into the professional game. Since the end of apartheid sport has played a major role in easing racial tensions in South Africa, particularly in football and rugby. But across the piece black representation remains well below target in many sports at the national level.
  • Jacques Kallis Tribute: Cape Argus 2014

    Supplement to the Cape Argus on Jacques' retirement, Tuesday 26 August 2014.

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