Category Archives: Jon-Jon Smuts

Jon-Jon Smuts Hits 150

I have mentioned Jon Jon Smuts previously on here about Jon-Jon. I am sure his classmates will tell you he is destined for greater things, after breaking the school record for the amount of runs scored for the first team. To recap, Jon-Jon’s statistics include:
-played 80 matches for the Graeme College 1st team
-represented E.P. U18 team for 3 years i.e. 2004, 2005 and captain in 2006
-scored 4220 runs at an average of 57,8 runs per innings
-scored 14 centuries. His highest was 190 runs (see detail below)
-took 141 wickets at an average per wicket of 19.4 runs

Smuts, reached 150 today, his second hundred in the supersport series, which was curiosly curtailed by a declaration on 315/3 some 76 runs BEHIND the Eagles total. After this knock Jon-Jon should keep a regular place in the squad, however he has performed well in the lower tier the CSA provincial challenge this year.

Keep an eye on Jon-Jon and his younger brother Kelly Smuts

Ashwell Prince Opening 3rd Test

It is always a mystery how cricket in South Africa has been run. Ashwell Prince has been a fighter in the SA team for years, after maturing into one of SA’s most consistent batsman since our re-admission to cricket. Prince lost his place to Duminy and quite rightfully didn’t get it back from him. However there was certainly a spot for him in place of Mackenzie, yet this never happened. Prince has been recalled to the test squad, not only to fill the openers role, but to captain the side. Strange how Prince was dropped form the side then re-instated as captain. Even stranger was the captaincy was taken away from him not many hours later. I hope Prince is a lot more intelligent than I am, as I couldn’t figure out quite how that happened!!!

 I recall the young Ashwell Prince, a man who was tempted by the hook and pull shot all too often. That young lad fell into the trap every time. Unsurprisingly Ashwell got the chop after chasing one too many early on in the innings and returned to provincial cricket to mature.

Prince returned to the international scene a far better player, a player who has steadied the shaky South African ship more often than he should have, which is how SA went unbeaten for 10 tests. The unfortunate injury cost him his place and the very fortunate Neil Mackenzie kept his place.

Prince will return to the SA test side as an opener next week, a position he would be unfamiliar with, however this week in the Supersport series, Ashwell has opened for the Warriors and has sent a warning to Australia, he is quite comfortable opening the batting. Prince is currently 171* at the close of play, I am sure his nerves were calmed down by the next great opening batsman for South Africa, Jon Jon Smuts who made 46 and let Prince steal the limelight.

The Warriors are a side to watch, Lopsy Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell play there as well as Prince, Kallis and Boucher. JT Smuts will be the next big name from the Warriors, perhaps after he has finished his studies at UPE, as Smuts is a fairly serious guy about things like academics.

Jon-Jon Smuts Debut

Jon-Jon Smuts made his Supersport Series Debut against the Cobras on the 6th of December, making a 53 in his second innings. He is certainly a player to watch and hopefully will become a regular feature in the squad for the rest of the season.

Dale Steyn showed why he is the best fast bowler in the country, by picking up 14/110 against the Eagles.

It seems to be a season of bowlersin the Supersport Series, there havent been any massive innings scores this season, perhaps Smith was on the money when he slated the condition of pitches in the country?

Jon-Jon Smuts and Mfuneko Ngam

KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Eastern Province Click for scorecard

Normally there would be no interest in a SAA provincial one-day challenge match between KZN and EP. However this match has two players that the South African public should keep a look out for. The first is Jon-Jon Smuts, who top scored for EP making 56. This is his second 50 in this format, making 50 on his debut. (Eastern Province v Border)

Jon-Jon Smuts grew up in Grahamstown, attending Graeme College. He broke all sorts of records set by past pupils, finishing up at the end of 2006. He is currently studying at NMMU, and is also a top tennis player, playing in the SASSU tournament this December.

He has been rated the best schoolboy cricketer to emerge from Graeme College in 134 years. Pay close attention to him, he will go far in world cricket.

Jon-Jon’s statistics include:
-played 80 matches for the Graeme College 1st team
-represented E.P. U18 team for 3 years i.e. 2004, 2005 and captain in 2006
-scored 4220 runs at an average of 57,8 runs per innings
-scored 14 centuries. His highest was 190 runs (see detail below)
-took 141 wickets at an average per wicket of 19.4 runs

The other player that caught my eye was Mfuneko Ngam. Ngam burst onto the scene in the late 90’s and debuted for SA in 2000. He only played 3 tests before being plagued by injury and has fallen off the radar. He bowled 6 overs for 20 runs and hopefully he can get back to his best in the future.