5 June 2017 – The past season has proved to be a very successful one for the Old Andreans Cricket Club, which delivered a number of champion teams and individual players’ awards at the annual awards ceremony of the Mangaung Cricket Association recently.
Billy Ferreira, Kyle Rafferty, Old Andreans Club Chairman Jason Whittemore, Rico Shepperson, former Old Andreans’ Chairman and current Mangaung Cricket Association Chairman Warren Boyes, and PC Snyman show off some of the awards picked up by the Old Andreans Cricket Club during the past season
The star performers among the Old Andreans’ teams were the men of Old Andreans’ 4, who not only claimed the Second League honours, but also won the T20 competition for the First and Second League!
They had a standout performer in Marius Swart, who won the Best Batsman Award for the Second League by contributing 371 runs at the eye-popping average of 92.75.
Old Andreans also produced the winners of the Best Batsman awards in the First and Promotion Leagues. PC Snyman picked up the trophy in the First League after accumulating 331 runs at 55.17, while Rico Shepperson scored 345 runs at 38.33 to finish atop the Promotion League standings.
Flipping the disciplines to bowling, and while he represented the University of the Free State, it is worth noting that Saint Andrew’s old boy Sean Whitehead topped the Premier League bowling standings with the ridiculous return of 29 wickets at only 5.44 runs per wicket.
While Old Andreans 4 won the Second League, they were not the only league winners produced by the club, with Old Andreans 3 coming up top in their league, the First League. In addition, Old A’s were the open club winner in the Premier League.
Old Andreans’ achievements were deservedly acknowledged when the club received the Chairman’s Shield after another very successful season.
Club chairman Jason Whittemore (class of 2002) explained why the club has done so well: “I would say it’s because of the key guys that I have put into positions, the captains of each side.
“Everyone works well together”
“Everyone works well together. Everyone knows each other very well, so we can come to agreement on things like team selection. Everyone gels very well. When it comes down to issues, like who needs players, everyone is willing to help, so it is a well-oiled machine that we have running.”
Having old boys play for the club is an ideal he would like to achieve, Jason said, but rules instituted by tertiary institutions makes that difficult: “It is just very difficult to get boys from the school because they tend to go to Varsity or CUT. If they study there, they have to play cricket there.
“There are a couple of old boys that do play for the club, like me and Kyle Rafferty, who is the club captain, and others, including [Saint Andrew’s 1st XI assistant coach] Brett Hall. There is a bit of a list.”
With four teams, access to facilities is a constant challenge as Saint Andrew’s must first be accommodated before Old Andreans’ use of the fields are considered, but Jason continues to work with Saint Andrew’s Director of Cricket Gregg Hobson to make matters work. Judging by the consistently good results, he’s doing a fine job.
Congratulations, Old Andreans!