Kgaudise Molefe came back last week from England where we was in tour with with the South African under-19 team and, he said, the English conditions suited him. “It didn’t turn that much,” he said, “but the ball slid on, and the batsmen battled to get me away. As a result, I think I had quite a good tour.”
His bowling figures show that it was indeed a good trip for him. In the four day “test” that he played he bowled 28 overs and took 3/33, and was part of a 100-run partnership, in a losing cause.
He played in both 50 over games, and opened the bowling as a left arm spinner. He took 3/23 in 10 overs in the first and 0/34 in the second. South Africa won both games and with the third one rained out, they won the series 2-0.
“I think they used me to open the bowling because I was so consistent and difficult to score off, he said. I was also a bit of an attacking weapon in those conditions.”
It’s been a long season already for Kgaudi and there’s more to come, but he’s looking forward to it. “I’m excited to be playing with my Jeppe friends again, and can’t wait to show them some of the things I learned on the tour,” he said. “I found that the English bowlers concentrate on consistently hitting the right areas instead of trying to take the batsman’s head off. That worked for them in the test matches, our batsmen battled to make big scores.”
The Jeppe first team is already at work with pre-season preparations and they play their first warm-up game this weekend. “We have a few more warmups and then it’s the Michaelmas Festival in Pietermartizburg. The matrics still play until then it will be next year’s team. I’m looking forward to it,” Kgaudi said.