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

SA A Squad is Boosted by Gibbs

One of South Africas most talented batsmen has been cast aside for the tour against England, but due to some injuries has managed to sneak into the SA A side to face England on Tuesday. Gibbs has been given a lifeline, and most of us hope he will use it.

 

The squad is made up of: Hashim Amla (capt), CJ de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Herschelle Gibbs, Rory Kleinveldt, Heino Kuhn, Morne Morkel, Andrew Puttick, Rilee Rossouw, Juan Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Vaughn van Jaarsveld

 

There are 4 youngsters to watch: Rilee Rossouw, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Dean Elgar and CJ de Villiers

T20: SA Smash England by 84 Runs

South Africa have set the highest partnership in T20 with Graeme Smith making 88 and Loots Bosman getting 78 in the 170 runs stand. In their innings of 241 there were 17 sixes, another T20 record and it is the second highest ever T20 score. 

Loots Bosman succumbed on 94, which is the highest score by a South African in T20 cricket.

 England had 4 players in their side from other countries, with Morgan from Ireland, Pietersen, Trott and Prior all learning how to play cricket in South Africa.

 The game was a one sided affair, with England falling to the wayside and managing a paltry 157/8 off their 20 overs. The highlights for England was Jimmy Andersons bowling anjd the batting of Trott who managed to reach 51 in 40 balls.

Pietersen in the T20 Game

Recently Pietersen reckoned: 

“I’m looking at playing the warm-up game on Tuesday next week at Potchefstroom and then, I hope, the first one-day international,” he told reporters. “But we’ll just see how this next week goes. I’m certainly not going to rush things – I tried that a while back. So that’s the plan, and I feel good for it at the moment.  “I’ve done some rigorous training over the last six weeks, I’ve done a lot of work at Lord’s in the last week before I flew out yesterday and I’m feeling good, I’m feeling fresh mentally. I had a bad day on my Achilles yesterday, but I think that was just purely down to the flight. I’ve woken up feeling really good today.”

 However he has been included in the game today and will be looking to dominate South Africa. South Africa have made 3 changes, with Kallis, Abdulla, and Kuhn coming into the squad.

South Africa vs England Fixtures

Sun Nov 15
12:30 GMT  2nd T20I – South Africa v England
SuperSport Park, Centurion  

 
Tue Nov 17          
14:30 local | 12:30 GMT
12:30 GMT  South Africa A v England XI
Senwes Park, Potchefstroom  
 
 
Fri Nov 20          
14:30 local | 12:30 GMT
12:30 GMT  1st ODI – South Africa v England
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg  N/A 
 
Sun Nov 22
10:00 local | 08:00 GMT
08:00 GMT  2nd ODI – South Africa v England
SuperSport Park, Centurion  N/A 
 
Fri Nov 27          
14:30 local | 12:30 GMT
12:30 GMT  3rd ODI – South Africa v England
Newlands, Cape Town  N/A 
 
Sun Nov 29
10:00 local | 08:00 GMT
08:00 GMT  4th ODI – South Africa v England
St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth  N/A 
 
Fri Dec 4          
14:30 local | 12:30 GMT
12:30 GMT  5th ODI – South Africa v England
Kingsmead, Durban  N/A 
 
Wed Dec 9 – Thu Dec 10
10:30 local | 08:30 GMT
08:30 GMT  South African Airways Challenge XI v England XI
Buffalo Park, East London  N/A 
 
Fri Dec 11 – Sat Dec 12
10:30 local | 08:30 GMT
08:30 GMT  South African Airways Challenge XI v England XI
Buffalo Park, East London  N/A 
 
Wed Dec 16 – Sun Dec 20
10:30 local | 08:30 GMT
08:30 GMT  1st Test – South Africa v England
SuperSport Park, Centurion  N/A 
 
Sat Dec 26 – Wed Dec 30
10:30 local | 08:30 GMT
08:30 GMT  2nd Test – South Africa v England
Kingsmead, Durban  N/A 
 
Sun Jan 3 – Thu Jan 7
10:30 local | 08:30 GMT
08:30 GMT  3rd Test – South Africa v England
Newlands, Cape Town  N/A 
 
Thu Jan 14 – Mon Jan 18
10:30 local | 08:30 GMT
08:30 GMT  4th Test – South Africa v England
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg  N/A