Last week the Kingswood College 1st XI took on the Stanley’s Cricket Club. The team was made up of a record eight Old Kingswoodians as well as two current parents!

On the 16th of January, the Kingswood 1st XI played a fixture against Stanley’s Cricket Club – and invitational side made of players from the Makhanda/Grahamstown cricket league.

The visiting team, made up of 8 OKs and 2 of our Kingswood parents elected to bat first and started strong, leaving the boys a little rattled at lunch, but the boys came back fighting and our young Kingswood team ended up winning by 6 wickets with an outstanding performance by Tapiwa Zhanda who scored a century and went on to make 115 not out.

The Stanley’s Team included Buster Brotherton (OK 2006), Leard King, James Stirk (OK 2009), Steven Gornall (current parent), Chris Roberts (OK 2010), Adrian Reed (OK 2009), Brandon Handley (OK 2009), Guy Bladen (OK 2007), Bradley Wilmot (OK 2015), Francois Klopper (current parent) and Richard Moss (OK 2005).

Stanley’s Cricket Club played its first recorded match in 1877, and has a rich history. With all invited players being local to the Makhanda/Grahamstown cricket league it is no surprise that there would be one or two Old Kingswoodians in the line up – however at this match, there were a record 10 out of the 11 players with direct Kingswood connections. The Kingswoodian footprint in the local surrounding areas is certainly strong!

Thank you to all those who played for a wonderful day of cricket!