Founded by the late South African cricket player, Mr Anton Murray, St Albans College has been nothing more than standard in its contribution to producing and developing talented cricket players. This is evident in its success in bringing in seven players to amateur and franchise level cricket, one of which is the Multiply Titans rising star, Rivaldo Moonsamy.
Over the years, St Albans has participated in the Northerns Schools Challenge, but this weekend the Pretoria school will be making its way to the Coca-Cola T20 Nationals Schools Challenge, where the schools’ first team will be representing the Multiply Titans at the University of Pretoria (TUKS) LC De Villiers Cricket Oval.
The schools cricket managing director, Mr Greg Smith, proudly said: “We have made big strides and it is is an honour to be playing in the Coca-Cola T20 Schools National Challenge.”
“The furthest we have ever reached is the semi-finals in the Northerns region, and for us to go into and experience the game all the way to the nationals has been a brilliant effort by the team. The players have shown good commerce when playing and have thoroughly enjoyed it."
Leading up to the nationals’ weekend, St Albans played two matches on Monday and Tuesday respectively against the Titans Academy team, in preparation for their double header tomorrow.
First, they will face the Warriors, represented by Greg High School on the TUKS B field in the morning, before taking on on the Coastal Focus School, represented by Graeme College on TUKS D Field, in the afternoon. And Smith believes his side are well-prepared.
“The boys don't play that much T20 cricket, so to have already played this many games this term it's been really good. I think to be playing now with coloured clothing, all the fan-fare around it and against the white ball, it's a great experience for them. It will give the boys a chance to experience what could be expected at
But the director isn't expecting too much from the boys other than enjoyment and experience of the game.
"I'm very proud of us and we've exceeded our expectations to get to where we are now and I think a lot of the hard work has been done and now it's just a matter of just enjoying ourselves, and experience the tournament,” concluded Smith.
The following schools will be representing the six Cricket South Africa franchise teams and two additional Focus teams
1. World Sports Betting Cape Cobras – Rondebosch Boys High School
2. Coastal Focus School – Graeme College
3. Hollywoodbets Dolphins – Hilton College
4. Inland Focus School – Prestige College
5. VKB Knights – St Andrew’s School
6. bizhub Highveld Lions – King Edward VII School
7. Multiply Titans – St Alban’s College
8. Warriors – Grey High School