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SA Top 20 Schools’ 1st XI Cricket rankings – five EC schools in Top 10 alone

By Marc Jacobson - Mar 24, 2017
SA Top 20 Schools’ 1st XI Cricket rankings – five EC schools in Top 10 alone

In association with Belgotex Sport – Greenfields SA, South Africa’s Top 20 Schools 1st XI Cricket Rankings have been collaborated for the first half of the 2017 summer season, beginning mid-January 2017 until recently mid-March.

The collaboration makes use of the algorithm considering all formats of cricket that all the respective schools took part in, namely: 50-over games, T20s and unlimited overs one-day matches; as well as the opposition each school faced and the extent of victories.

The rankings then rate the schools according to their abilities to succeed in cricket as an umbrella over all three cricketing formats – not marginalising any particular format.

Evidently speaking, there are five Eastern Cape schools in the country’s Top 10 alone, and also five in the Top 20 – meaning no EC schools are ranked 11th to 20th. Of the five, three are from Eastern Province and two from Border.

St. Andrews College from Grahamstown are EC’s flag bearers – ranked in at 4th in the country’s Top 20 1st XI cricketing schools.

Although St. Andrews are not the Warriors school representative in the CSA Coca Cola T20 Challenge, they did win most of their 17 cricket games since January this year, which acclaimed them their top spot.

Recently, St. Andrews College beat Michaelhouse (Durban) by seven wickets (T20) and St. Johns College (Johannesburg) by five wickets (50-over game) and Grey High by seven wickets (One-day game).

Hudson Park from East London (5th), Grey High (6th), Selborne College from East London (8th) and Woodridge College from Port Elizabeth (9th) are the other four EC schools seen in the country’s Top 10 alone.

Hudson Park has been exceptional and had additionally produced two players that represented the SA U19 side that played against Zimbabwe U19 and Sri Lanka U19 just two months ago. The players were: Akhona Mnyaka and Jason Niemand.

Hudson Park was nominated as the Southern Focus School to take part at the CSA Coca Cola T20 Challenge held at the University of Stellenbosch Cricket Oval from 24th until 26th March.

Selborne College are the Warriors’ school representatives for the CSA T20 Challenge at the same Stellenbosch schools’ showpiece after beating St. Andrews College in the franchise final.

Grey High before recently losing to St. Andrews by seven wickets, thrashed Graeme College from Grahamstown by 131 runs and Queens College from Queenstown by 163 runs a few days prior to that.

Woodridge College recently beat Pearson High in a 50-over game and beat them earlier in the season by one wicket in the franchise CSA T20 Challenge encounter. Adding to that, at the end of February Woodridge won four games out of four in one week, beating St. Georges College (Zimbabwe) by four runs, beat Despatch by 112 runs (50-over game), beat Helpmekaar from Johannesburg by 115 runs and beat Clifton also from Johannesburg by 67 runs (50-over game).

Full Top 20 1st XI Schools’ Cricket Rankings:

  1. St. Stithians
  2. Wynberg Boys’ High
  3. Rondebosch
  4. St. Andrews College
  5. Hudson Park
  6. Grey High
  7. Michaelhouse
  8. Selborne College
  9. Woodridge College
  10. Westville
  11. Paul Roos
  12. Hilton College
  13. Pinelands
  14. Nelspruit
  15. Maritzburg College
  16. St. Andrews School
  17. St. Benedicts
  18. Waterkloof
  19. St. Charles College
  20. Centurion

Image: Grey High vs St. Andrews College. Photo credits: Dave Callaghan.