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Another exceptional season on the cricket fields!!

Another exceptional season on the cricket fields around Gauteng. 3 leagues won, two 2nd places & two 6th places. Well done to Scott Conway topping the Premier A bowling stats. Congratulations to the captains, coaches, players, parents & committee on a great season.

After the successes of the previous season, 2019/20 lived up to all expectations, plus a few surprises.The return of Mitch van Buuren to the club was
just the first of many pluses. He was joined by the current golden boys of KES cricket, Bryce Parsons and Heinrigh Pieterse, both joining Gauteng from Eastern’s Cricket. Bryce went on to captain South Africa in the 2020 U19 CWC.

Provincial cricketers Carmi Le Roux, Eldred Hawken and Farhaan Sayanvala further strengthened our 2018/19 Premier squad.
As a result of the depth of players at the club, the season saw Old Edwardians dominate with our top three sides, Premier A, Presidents A and B. The newly promoted Presidents B excelled, with some exciting talent coming up through the ranks.

Old Edwardian’s Premier side proved to be a bowling powerhouse as Scott Conway and Damian Hutchinson went head to head at the top of the CGL Premier League wicket-takers throughout the season. They were well supported by leg spinner Josh Datnow and, when provincial duties allowed, our barrage of
provincial bowlers.

For Arnold Ndindwa’s Presidents A team, the lure of promotion for the League winners to Premier B was an added new incentive in one of the province’s most competitive Leagues. Despite regularly topping the log, the side struggled for consistency but was ever keen to replicate last year’s performance.

The Saturday 1st and 2nd teams both excelled and with a month of the League remaining, topped the First and Second Leagues. Enter Covid-19. The season, in the thick of its business end, was brought to a premature halt and ultimate end. With Leagues having varying games remaining, teams faced the unknown as standings needed to be finalised. The CGL ultimately applied draws for all remaining games and released the long-awaited results.

The Premier XI, led by Wesley Landsdale, won the League. Another exceptional year by a professional outfit coached by Brandon Buckley who has worked wonders in our
structures, supported by a talented bunch of players. Back to back wins in Premier A is a rarity, a League crowded with talent and competitive teams, with Jeppe the ever worthy adversaries.

Scott Conway ended the season top of the League‘s bowling stats, with Hutchinson 4th and Datnow 8th. Wesley Landsdale, despite playing the stabilising role at 6, finished 3rd in the province’s batting stats with an average of 120!

The Presidents A side came in a worthy 2nd behind Jeppe, finishing the season on a high with a good run of wins. Gaurav Sirohi beat his captain by 3 wickets to take 26 in the season, Xolani Ngumbela finishing as top run scorer, 17 runs ahead of young Dean Bacher.

Presidents B in their first season in the League, took top spot. A fantastic team effort, with Abhinav Sirohi having another brilliant season with the ball. The third side with probably the strongest depth of batting of all our teams. Well done to Punith Keshav on leading his troops to the trophy.

The SU2 and SU3 sides who are in a rebuilding phase, both had frustrating seasons. With the bulk of their fixtures played in the first half of the season, their fixtures from January were filled with byes, rain and a default and then being cut short. Both teams finished a hard-fought 6th place. Hopefully, everyone will be back in 2020/21 season to showcase their abilities with another year of experience behind them.

Luke Woolway’s Saturday 1st XI slipped in the latter weeks of the season, with the opportunity for a comeback ended by the virus. They finished in a commendable 2nd place behind Lenasia. An improvement on last year’s 3rd place, the top spot is in their sights for 2020/21.

The Saturday 2nd XI did us proud winning us our third League of the season. Yogesh Kransingh starring with the bat and the Sirohi brothers did the business with the ball. For the first time, we also have a captain winning two Leagues in a season, very well done to Punith Keshav!

Three League wins, two 2nd places, two 6th placed finishes and top premier league bowler.

Hearty congratulations to all captains, coaches, players, and parents for another successful season. To our sponsor Gunn & Moore we thank you for supporting us over the years. To the groundsmen of Old Edwardians and KES, thank you for providing us with top-class wickets and outfields. Championing three Leagues going into next
season will be a tough act to beat, but the goals will be clear about what we are aiming for in 2020/21, our 100th season of club cricket.