Kai van Aardt was the star of the Jeppe under-15A cricket team’s recent three-wicket win over King Edward VII School.
He took 2/40 off 10 overs when KES batted, which helped keep their score down to 285/5, which looked like a formidable target to chase, and then made 131 to steer his side to victory.
He faced 147 balls and struck 11 fours and three sixes. He accelerated the run rate after he got to 100, which was what took the game away from KES in the end.
Kai got two half centuries earlier in the season – against Parktown and Noordheuwel. This was his first century at Jeppe, although he made “quite a few” in primary school, he said.
“I was at Laerskool Elspark where my top score was 232. I played club cricket too and was selected to play a game for an Easterns under13 club team.”
Kai has wanted to come to Jeppe for as long as he can remember. “I visited the school and was impressed by the grounds, the buildings and the sense of history and tradition,” he said.
“When I started here last year, the 1st three months were exactly what I had hoped they would be. But then Covid struck and it was a pity that we missed out on the rest of the year. Luckily the second half of this year was more normal, and although we didn’t have a very long hockey season, we did experience the school’s spirit at the basketball and water polo matches that were played in the fourth term.”
Kai is looking forward to resuming cricket in the new year and he is hoping to get called up for the second team and maybe make the 1sts at the end of next year. He went to trials to chose the provincial under-15 team and, although the teams have not been announced, he made runs in most of the trial games and thinks he is in with a chance.
“I definitely made the right choice in coming to Jeppe,” he said. “Although we got off to a slow start because of Covid, things are moving again and I look forward to the years ahead.”