Cricket at Maritzburg College

The very game of cricket and the spirit in which it ought to be played ties into the College core values and aids the development of the young individual into an all-round gentleman.

Maritzburg College played its first cricket game in 1870 against Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg. From that occasion onward, cricket has played an integral part of the Maritzburg College culture and ethos.

Cricket provides approximately 320 boys the chance to ply their trade every Saturday during the season. This equates to roughly six Open teams, six U16, seven U15 and ten U14 sides. These teams are coached by a mixture of permanent College staff, the hostel boarder masters as well as several student coaches. Teams have a fixture every Saturday and, as a school, we sometimes play five or six different schools, often on the stagger, to ensure everyone gets a game. Our success rate hovers between 70% and 75% over the course of a year.

Maritzburg College is fortunate to be able accommodate so many players due to the magnificent facilities it possesses. There are 23 outdoor cricket nets as well as a state of the art indoor cricket training facility.

The school offers 14 school fields and 3 outside fields that we hire for the weekends. Goldstone’s is our main cricket oval and has seen many provincial and international sportsmen display their skills over the last century and then some.

The highlight of the cricket season is without doubt the Michaelmas Cricket Week that is held annually at College in the September/October school holidays. The festival is arguably the most prestigious 1st XI festival in the country and boasts 18 of the leading state and private South African schools. In addition to the 1st XI festival, the U15 and U14 sides travel to the Grey High School (PE) and Hilton College cricket weeks respectively.

Festivals and tournaments are an important part of our sporting tradition at Maritzburg College and we relish the opportunity of testing ourselves against rival schools from outside the province. They also play an important part in an individual’s social growth, through sport, by meeting new boys from other schools and by sharing memorable experiences with school peers on tour.

  • 1888 GW Sweeney
  • 1889 GW Sweeney
  • 1895 RD Kidd
  • 1896 RD Kidd
  • 1897 RD Kidd
  • 1898 PV Anderson
  • 1899 PV Anderson
  • 1900 FB Burchell
  • 1901 FB Burchell
  • 1902 GC Anderson
  • 1903 AG McAlister
  • 1904 EL Trafford
  • 1905 EL Trafford
  • 1906 FH Harkness
  • 1907 CL Henwood
  • 1908 AH Harkness
  • 1909 NL Watt
  • 1910 C Payn, HL Hulett
  • 1911 HN Gold
  • 1912 GD Shaw, HW Stockdale
  • 1913 NJO Carbutt
  • 1914 AH Clayton
  • 1915 WA Burton
  • 1916 CS Harrison, G Weber
  • 1917 JJ Turnbull
  • 1918 HF Dixon
  • 1919 HF Dixon, JR Harding
  • 1920 EL Drew
  • 1921 AM Hilder, A Carbutt
  • 1922 A Carbutt
  • 1923 HJ Barnard, MJ Hattingh
  • 1924 MJ Hattingh
  • 1925 NI Boast
  • 1926 NI Boast
  • 1927 RRM Cousens
  • 1928 AM Miller
  • 1929 AC Unger
  • 1930 HD Freakes
  • 1931 W Jackson
  • 1932 CG Bennett, JP Cole
  • 1933 TJ Dickinson
  • 1934 JRM Wiles, EN McKenzie
  • 1935 MA Freakes, AM Colenbrander
  • 1936 J Gillespie
  • 1937 R Blaver
  • 1938 R Blaver
  • 1939 JM Egner, KR Orchard
  • 1940 KR Orchard, LW Laue
  • 1941 AG Simpson
  • 1942 JL Lamb
  • 1943 JL Lamb
  • 1944 RL Rutherfoord
  • 1945 RL Rutherfoord
  • 1946 PH Holman
  • 1947 DJ McGlew
  • 1948 FL Cary-Smith
  • 1949 FC Bestall
  • 1950 BW Irvine
  • 1951 MK Keith
  • 1952 JR Saulez
  • 1953 BB Strachan
  • 1954 BB Strachan
  • 1955 RB Higgs
  • 1956 WR Downs
  • 1957 BM Thomson
  • 1958 EAW Steward
  • 1959 EAW Steward, KW McIlrath
  • 1960 WJ Sharratt
  • 1961 AO Holness
  • 1962 JD McIntosh
  • 1963 A Bruyns
  • 1964 AJ Egner
  • 1965 GA Katz
  • 1966 GA Katz
  • 1967 TR Larkin
  • 1968 BW Arnold
  • 1969 D Bestall
  • 1970 D Bestall
  • 1971 RJ Larkin
  • 1972 RJ Larkin, A Barrow
  • 1973 NP Daniels
  • 1974 H Brown
  • 1975 RE Anley
  • 1976 TG Shaw
  • 1977 ND Rodseth
  • 1978 GX Ford
  • 1979 TB Searle
  • 1980 RG Butler
  • 1981 RE Cooper
  • 1982 JR Cook
  • 1983 AJL Brown
  • 1984 SP Marcus
  • 1985 AJ Forde
  • 1986 JN Rhodes
  • 1987 JN Rhodes
  • 1988 DJ Pryke
  • 1989 CB Rhodes
  • 1990 DI McDonald
  • 1991 ML Bruyns
  • 1992 JB Forman
  • 1993 DD Mackay
  • 1994 DD Mackay
  • 1995 RB Dick
  • 1996 AMJ van Vuuren
  • 1997 G Rowley
  • 1998 MB Hampson
  • 1999 MPJ Ferreira
  • 2000 CG Saint
  • 2001 EA Penzhorn
  • 2002 EA Penzhorn
  • 2003 TC Stedman
  • 2004 MI Gravett
  • 2005 D Pienaar
  • 2006 CAH Barron, RJ Viljoen
  • 2007 SW Simpson
  • 2008 CR Morrison
  • 2009 RDD Pengelly
  • 2010 JM Walsh
  • 2011 CP Savage
  • 2012 GC Orr
  • 2013 TC Walsh
  • 2014 BJ Tullis
  • 2015 BJ Tullis
  • 2016 J Pillay
  • 2017 S Steenkamp
  • 1930 DR Fell
  • 1948 DJ McGlew (Capt)
  • DA Keith
  • 1951 IG Dixon
  • 1953 CG Halse
  • 1965 PP Henwood
  • 1967 GA Katz (Capt)
  • DL Orchard
  • 1968 DL Orchard
  • 1969 AR Lilley
  • 1970 D Bestall
  • 1971 D Bestall
  • 1974 NP Daniels
  • MK Thompson
  • 1975 MK Thompson
  • 1976 CA Wulfsohn
  • 1984 AJ Forde
  • 1985 AJ Forde
  • 1986 J Payn
  • JN Rhodes
  • 1987 UH Goedeke
  • JN Rhodes
  • 1989 CB Rhodes
  • 1991 DJ Watson
  • 1993 DD Mackay
  • 1995 AG Botha
  • 2002 EA Penzhorn
  • 2003 C Bowyer
  • 2009 CP Savage
  • 2010 CP Savage
  • 2011 CP Savage
  • 2012 DM Dupavillon
  • 2014 LM Zuma

The following College Old Boys have played international cricket:

For South Africa:

  • CHO Sewell 1894
  • GH Shepstone 1895 – 1899
  • CFW Hime 1895
  • T Campbell 1909 – 1912
  • COC Pearse 1910 – 1912
  • HG Deane 1924 – 1930
  • CN McCarthy 1948 – 1951
  • DJ McGlew 1951 – 1962
  • HJ Keith 1952 – 1956
  • CG Halse 1963 – 1964
  • DT Lindsay 1963 – 1970
  • TG Shaw 1986 – 1995
  • JN Rhodes 1991 – 2003
  • DA Miller 2010 – present

For England:

  • KP Pietersen 2004

For Ireland:

  • J Anderson 2013