SA Schools to senior cricket conversion rate (1994-2010)

A concerned parent forwarded this.

Using the SA Schools cricket team by year lists available on the website www.SchoolSportsNews.co.za, he was able to identify that between the 1994 team containing legendary wicketkeeper Mark Boucher and the 2010 team which capped the rising international star Quinton de Kock, 79 out of 243 listed places belonged to players who went on to make it to senior cricket level. That’s just a shade under 33% or 1 out of every 3.

However since a number of star players represented SA Schools for more than one year, the true individual player figure is 64 players out of 207 – roughly 31%

Good, bad or something else… you decide!

List of SA Schools players who graduated to play senior first class cricket.

# Year Name School Region (Rugby related)
1 1994 Mark Boucher Selborne Golden Lions
2 1994 Neil McKenzie KES Golden Lions
3 1994 Zander de Bruyn Randburg Golden Lions
4 1994 Junaid September Kingswood Eastern Province
5 1994 David Terbrugge St Stithian’s Golden Lions
6 1994 Mark Benfield St Stithian’s Golden Lions
7 1995 Anthony Botha Maritzburg College KwaZulu-Natal
8 1995 Mornantau Hayward Daniel Pienaar Eastern Province
9 1995 Pierre Joubert Eldoraigne Blue Bulls
10 1995 Morne Morkel Vereeniging Gim Valke
11 1995 Makhaya Ntini Dale Border
12 1995 Wade Wingfield DHS KwaZulu-Natal
13 1995 Boeta Dippenaar Grey College Free State
14 1996 Pierre Joubert Eldoraigne Blue Bulls
15 1996 Morne Morkel Vereeniging Gim Valke
16 1996 Renier Munnik Tygerberg Free State
17 1996 Johan van der Wath Ermelo Pumas
18 1996 Robin Peterson Alexander Road Eastern Province
19 1997 Gulam Bodi Lenasia Golden Lions
20 1997 Grant Elliott St Stithian’s Golden Lions
21 1997 Jon Kent DHS KwaZulu-Natal
22 1997 Michael Lumb St Stithian’s Golden Lions
23 1997 Johann Myburgh Pretoria BH Blue Bulls
24 1997 Robin Peterson Alexander Road Eastern Province
25 1997 Jacques Rudolph Affies Blue Bulls
26 1997 Morne van Wyk Grey College Free State
27 1997 Victor Mpitsang Grey College Free State
28 1997 Mfuneko Ngam Douglas Mbopha Eastern Province
29 1998 Thami Tsolekile Pinelands Western Province
30 1998 Albie Morkel Vereeniging Gim Valke
31 1998 Jacques Rudolph Affies Blue Bulls
32 1998 Graeme Smith KES Golden Lions
33 1998 Jonathan Trott Rondebosch Western Province
34 1998 Andrew Puttick Rondebosch Western Province
35 1999 Jacques Rudolph Affies Blue Bulls
36 1999 Johan Botha Grey HS Eastern Province
37 1999 Con de Lange Worcester Gim Boland
38 1999 Graeme Smith KES Golden Lions
39 1999 Jonathan Trott Rondebosch Western Province
40 1999 Dewald Senekal Daniel Pienaar Eastern Province
41 1999 Thami Tsolekile Abbott’s Western Province
42 2000 Johan Botha Grey HS Eastern Province
43 2000 Stephen Cook KES Golden Lions
44 2000 Gerhard de Bruin Marais Viljoen Golden Lions
45 2000 Craig Thyssen Grey HS Eastern Province
46 2000 Jean-Paul Duminy Plumstead Western Province
47 2001 Imraan Khan DHS KwaZulu-Natal
48 2001 AB de Villiers Affies Blue Bulls
49 2001 Rory Kleinveldt Abbott’s Western Province
50 2001 Ryan McLaren Grey College Free State
51 2001 Craig Thyssen Grey HS Eastern Province
52 2001 Werner Coetzee Klerksdorp Leopards
53 2002 AB de Villiers Affies Blue Bulls
54 2002 Aaron Phangiso CBC Pretoria Blue Bulls
55 2002 Vernon Philander Ravensmead Western Province
56 2002 Craig Thyssen Grey HS Eastern Province
57 2003 Craig Alexander Bellville THS Western Province
58 2003 Andrew Birch St Andrew’s Eastern Province CD
59 2003 Vernon Philander Ravensmead Western Province
60 2003 Vaughan van Jaarsveld KES Golden Lions
61 2003 Colin Ingram Woodridge Eastern Province
62 2004 Craig Alexander Bellville THS Western Province
63 2004 Richard Levi Wynberg Western Province
64 2005 Dean Elgar St Dominc’s Griffons
65 2005 Craig Kieswetter Bishops Western Province
66 2005 Wayne Parnell Grey HS Eastern Province
67 2005 Craig Alexander Bellville THS Western Province
68 2006 Jonathan Vandiar DHS KwaZulu-Natal
69 2006 Wayne Parnell Grey HS Eastern Province
70 2006 Rilee Rossouw Grey College Free State
71 2007 Wayne Parnell Grey HS Eastern Province
72 2007 Reeza Hendicks Noord-Kaap Griquas
73 2007 Rilee Rossouw Grey College Free State
74 2007 Aubrey Swanepoel Elizabeth Conradie Griquas
75 2007 Yaseen Vallie Cravenby Western Province
76 2007 Obus Pienaar Grey College Free State
77 2008 Graeme van Buuren Pretoria BH Blue Bulls
78 2008 Kelly Smuts Graeme Eastern Province CD
79 2010 Quinton De Kock KES Golden Lions

20 Comments

  1. Would be interesting to see how many on the SA Schools list are now gainfully employed on the English County Circuit … one doesn’t want to use the Q word, but I know quite a few KZN boys who have moved there due to lack of opportunity here and being quite successful. They didn’t play SA Schools though .. so it’s moot (other than perhaps pointing to a weakness in the selections for SA Schools?)

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  2. I think you’ll find that, as with the rugby, that the conversion rate since 2010 is quite high. A 2005 to 2013 list would be more accurate.

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  3. GCB dont just produce rugby players. It would be interesting to see how many provincial players each school produced over that period.

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  4. @ Bog- How are your Knights doing and how good was that World record partnership between a Grey Old boy and a WOB. You see what happens when we work together. :lol:

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  5. Looks like Westville were saved by the weather again…

    1st XI
    Glenwood:
    264 for 8 (Bossr: 58; Zungu: 42; Flowers: 36; Wagener: 35*)
    Westville:
    30 for 3
    Result:
    Match abandoned due to poor weather

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  6. @BuffelsCM: I understand that this is a very old post but I figured, let me reply. That was well spotted. Think it’s just a typo however. Remember the Morkel brother that was destined for greatness was Malan. 95 / 96 would have been him.

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  7. @Jaques: You are right. He currently heads up Garsies’ cricket. Brilliant man and a pity he got injured so early in his career.

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  8. @Djou: Absolutely… was a huge loss for SA and world cricket, as a whole. He would’ve certainly highlighted the record books. Won’t forget him picking the great Lara.@Grizzly: Only the two years as far as I know, but a long list of achievements made even more remarkable considering the limited career. A true stand-up guy…

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  9. @Jaques: @Grizzly: Malan was a few years younger than me, but I remember in my St9 year, I opened and, he, as a junior, bowled the crap out of me. Had me ducking and diving and I think he was only in St6 or something. Their dad was a really good cricket coach too.

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  10. @Grizzly: In my jonger jare baie meer betrokke en op hoogte van Vaaldriehoek krieket gewees. Toe breek my loopbaan, gesin en lewe aan :-D . Wisselvallige vorm en tekort aan toewyding was maar my ondergang en kon nooit die “step up” na volgende vlak maak nie. So handjie vol “prem games” gespeel en “that was that”. Toe kom my seun, en toe hou ek op. As ek dit anders kon doen, sou ek dit dieselfde doen. Ons “kids” is ons lewe, nie waar nie. Nietemin, na 20 jaar het ek laas seisoen ‘n plaaslike klub ge”join”, toerusting aangeskaf by oom Albert, Malan se pa, en speel lekker 2de liga “ou toppie” krieket. Great fun :)

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  11. @Jaques: Great stuff! :lol: Klink baie soos my eie lewe behalwe die join van die club 8-O Eks useless tans.Garsies kry baie talent van daai fabriek.Daars n baie belowende speler by Marais Viljoen,op hoogte?

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  12. @Grizzly: Kan nie sê dat ek is nie. Sal moet gaan loer, voor hy die pad oor die Jukskei aanpak, dalk lok ek hom Valia toe, :lol:
    Min dinge so mooi soos ‘n seun wat borrel van klas, styl en talent, op ‘n kolfblad. Hetsy dit nou spoed, draai of vinnige hande.

    Ek sien nie werklik baie skole krieket nie. My seun sit sy alles in hokkie in, maar hy het ook vrede gemaak dat die talent in JHB, PTA hom altyd sal oorskadu :)

    Min belangstelling in krieket… die passie is nie daar nie.
    Al sê ek dit self, hy was ‘n “awesome & exciting” buite senter op laerskool, maar ‘n ernstige besering (hy’t gehoor verloor) het die einde van sy rugby beteken.

    Altyd daar as hy ‘n hokkie wedstryd speel, en daarna stap ons oor na die rugby velde en gaan support sy pelle (die liefde vir rugby sal altyd bly).

    Ons 1st XV lyk goed, maar groot werk nodig by die jonger manne. Ek verwag dat Valia sal uitval. “Sad” vir daai eerste span wat 2019 ‘n groot krag behoort te wees (11 of 12 van hulle is graad 11).

    Sien uit na die game teen julle. Dit het al die bestanddele vir ‘n “cracker match”.

    Lekker aand daar,

    Soos Zandberg sou sê,
    Nag ou grote :-D

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  13. Another typo is with relation to Mark Boucher. Selborne is in Border, not Golden Lions :mrgreen:

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