Kgaudi makes his SA debut, and mom and dad were there


Kgaudise Molefe’s parents were there to see him play against the West Indies, as was
Jeppe cricket director Mr Mike Bechet


Jeppe’s bowling sensation Kgaudise Molefe played two games for the SA under-19 cricket team against the West Indies during the holidays.

He hurt his shoulder in training before the tour began, so he missed the first three games of the five game series, but was very impressive in the two game he did play, taking 2/33 in 10 overs in the first and 3/51 in 10 in the second.

The West Indies won the series 3-2. The games were arranged as part of the preparations for the ICC Junior World Cup in New Zealand early next year, so the SA side was made up mainly of players who will still be eligible as under-19s next year.

A special part of the series for Kgaudi was that his parents, his mother Mulmazi and his father Samson, were there to watch him play – the first time they have done that.

When Kgaudi told Jeppe cricket director Mike Bechet that his parents had never seen him play, he passed that information on and, to cut a long story short, the school made it possible for them to be at the 1st match in KwaZulu-Natal. Unfortunately, he injured his shoulder and couldn’t play in the game but they spent the day together.

When Cricket South Africa heard what happened, they decided to fly his mom and dad down when he does actually get to play, and so they were there when he took his three wickets in game number four.

“It was a good game for them to watch,” he said. “I took three wickets, and had four catches dropped off my bowling, and we won the game. I played a big part in that and I was proud that they could be there to see that.”

Now it’s down to work preparing for the new season. “We are in pre-season training, getting ready for our first warmup game against St David’s next month,” Kgaudi said. “We have more than half of last season’s team back and we are looking forward to getting going again.”

And now that they’ve had a taste of it, his parents are sure to be there to see him play this time.