Linda Ndlovu decided, back in January that he wanted to make the Gauteng under-19 cricket team this this year and, after much dedication and hard work, his dream became reality when he was named in the Central Gauteng team that will be playing in the Khaya Majola Week in December.
“I played for the Gauteng under-17As last year and was determined to make the under-19s too, so have used this year to get myself into the best possible shape,” he said.
That has involved going to nets at the Wanderers with the Lions coaches every week and spending holidays at the provincial under-19 camps. He was also coached by Mr Blanks in Jeppe’s indoor cricket facility throughout the winter.
“It’s fantastic to be included in a team with so many good players and I’m looking forward to the Coke Week,” he said.
Before then, he will be taking up the reins as Jeppe’s 1st team captain now that the matrics have stopped playing. “It’s a great honour to be captaining the team,” he said, “and the challenge starts this weekend when we will be playing KES, the team I would like to beat most.”
Linda believes Jeppe cricket is in a good state. “We had quite a good season and this team is capable of improving on that. It’s a well-balanced team. We have good batsmen and bowlers and mixture of youngsters who can play and a few experienced old hands.
“Mr Bechet must take the credit. He is a strict coach who can be quite hard on us, but we know he only wants us to succeed, which motivates the players.”
Linda is joined in the under-19A team by Kgaudise Molefe who, unfortunately, injured his back at the recent trials and will be out of action for six weeks. “I’m sorry that I won’t be playing this term but I think the rest will do me good,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the Coke Week and to playing for Jeppe next term.”
Jeppe has 11 players in the various provincial teams that were announced last Sunday – the most from a single school, along with KES and Queens.
The Jeppe representatives are:
U-15A – Tshepo Staffa, Duncan Brown, Kaylin Archary
U-15B – Cameron Brown
U-17A – Levert Manje, Nhlanhla Masigo
U-17B – Braydon Hicks, Breidyn Schaper
U-19B – Matthew van Dyk
U-19A – Kgaudise Molefe, Linda Ndlovu.