Johnny Waite champs: the under-15A team
Jeppe High School for Boys heard last week that the school has retained its Blue Chip School Status as a cricket school for the second year in a row.
This is a prestigious award granted by Cricket South Africa, and the standards that have to be met are extremely stringent.
Only 15 schools in South Africa made the cut this year and Jeppe finds itself in top company. It is one of only five state schools on the list.
The other schools are: Grey College, St Andrew’s Bloemfontein High, St Andrew’s Bloemfontein Primary, St John’s, St Stithians, Northwood, Glenwood, CBC Boksburg Primary, Hudson Park, St Alban’s, Cornwall Hill Primary, Wynberg Boys’ High, St Charles College, St Charles Primary.
To qualify for Blue Chip status, five 5 criteria have to be met to the acceptable Cricket South Africa standards.
The criteria are:
1 Number of teams per age group
2 Number of matches played
3 Coaching infrastructure and qualifications
4 Fields and facility infrastructure
5 Demographic representation throughout the school talent pipeline.
Master in Charge of Cricket, Mr Mike Bechet, says the school is very proud of this achievement. “We are particularly proud of our fixture list,” he said. “We have 18 teams in the school and we make it our job to ensure that every one of them plays at least one game every week.
“That’s not easy logistically, but it’s essential. It’s nice to be recognised for that, among the other aspects of our cricket setup.”
The Jeppe cricket section is clearly on the way up. The first victory at 1st team level over St Stithians and the Johnny Waite Knockout final victory of the under-15As shows that the on-the-field performances are improving. The CSA Blue Chip School status shows that all is well behind the scenes too.