History of Jeppe Cricket:
The earliest record of cricket being played at Jeppe dates back to 1906 according to the first school magazine printed and cricket captains at the school are listed from 1906 onwards.
The first match recorded was against Marist Brothers on 3 November 1906.
Early historical records state that the facilities consisted of “sandy hillocks and wastes, shared with a dozen other clubs.” In 1910 the first nets were built at the school and in 1939, the first turf wicket was laid on clay, donated by the Transvaal Cricket Union.
The school now boast 3 turf wicket cricket ovals, 10 turf cricket nets, 4 artificial outdoor nets, as well as a state of the art Indoor Cricket Centre that was opened in 2015. The Indoor Cricket centre consists of 5 nets and there are two bowling machines.
Apart from the many fine cricket coaches that have been on the staff, NB Vines, AH Childe and HN Beckwith in particular, professional cricketers have also been employed over the years.
Charlie Marshall was a highly respected coach of the 1950’s, during which time half the schools SA Schools’ caps were awarded.
Ex-ICC Umpire, Cyril Mitchley was the last full time professional coach hired by the school who have since had full time staff responsible for the coaching. The Cricket Patrons Association was established in 1967 and they have instrumental in assisting with the continual improvement of the cricket facilities at the school.
The first Jeppe Old Boy to play for South Africa was AH Cooper in 1913 and he later returned to teach at the school. Jeppe produced five players to the 1931 Springbok Team that toured England and these included H. Cameron, RH Catterall, JA Christy, Q. McMillan and CL Vincent. N Gordon and RJ Crisp were the schools next Springboks in the late 1930’s. Brothers Eric and Athol Rowan, as well as GM Fullerton gained heir Springbok caps in the 1940’s and 1950’s. N. Adcock (1953) and AJ Kourie(1981) were more recent old boys to play for South Africa whilst T. Shamsi represented the country in 2016 in all 3 formats of the game.
The school has produced 11 SA Schools Caps to date, whilst in 2017 K. Molefe represented the SA Under 19 team in a One Day Series against the West Indies Under 19 team.
SA Schools Caps:
1940 D. Stewart
1941 S. Collins
1949 R. Fowler
1951/52 G. Ritchie
1952 L. Gill
1956 J. Baillie
1958 K. Anderson
1962 N. Weightman
1970 A. Kourie
1987/88 D. Laing
1988/89 M. Johnston
1990/91 V. Vermeulen
SA Under 19 Caps:
2017 K. Molefe
1906 P. Sherwell
1913 A. Cooper
1919 F. Elworthy
1922 R. Catterall
1927 H. Cameron
1927 C. Vincent
1929 J. Christy
1929 Q. McMillan
1935 R. Crisp
1935 E. Rowan
1938 N. Gordon
1947 G. Fullerton
1947 A. Rowan
1953 N. Adcock
1981 A. Kourie
2006 G. Strydom (Zimbabwe)
2007 G. Roome (Isle of Mann)
2008 G. Sommer (Germany)
2014 S. Mdluli (Swaziland)
2016 T. Shamsi
14/15/16/18 FEBRUARY 2017
1st XI vs St David’s 2nd XI vs KES (Johnny Waite QF)
Lost by 145 runs Lost by 94 runs
2nd XI vs St David’s 3rd XI vs St David’s
Won by 1 run Lost by 1 wicket
3rd XI vs GARSFONTEIN 4th XI vs Reddam 1st XI
Lost by 130 runs Match Abandoned
5th XI vs St David’s 16A vs Parktown (Johnny Waite QF)
Lost by 8 wickets Won by 10 wickets
16A vs St David’s 16B vs St David’s
Won by 4 wickets Won by 7 wickets
16C vs St David’s 15A vs St David’s
Won by 44 runs Won by 9 wickets
15B vs Northcliff U15A 15B vs St David’s
Lost by 7 wickets Won by 8 wickets
15C vs Northcliff U15B 15D vs Reddam U15A
Lost by 4 wickets Match Abandoned
14A vs St David’s 14B vs St David’s
Won by 82 runs Lost by 15 runs
14C vs St David’s 14D vs Northcliff U14B
Won by 5 wickets Lost by 24 runs
14D vs St Benedict’s U14C 14E vs Parktown
Won by 8 wickets Match Abandoned