For the first time in Oakhill history we have siblings attending the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket week, which is to be held in Durban from the 16th – 20th December 2013……and yes…….it is none other than Thomas and Chris Marrow.
Chris played for the SWD u19 Team last year at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Potchefstroom and Thomas played in the u17 Provincial Week, where he was the top run scorer for SWD. As a result, both brothers made the SWD 3-Day Team which convincingly beat Border at Buffalo Park last year. What does this mean for SWD as a province? In the past, the Warrior’s Franchise chose their players from Eastern Province, Border and South Western Districts……and probably in this order. With SWD beating Border, this strategy may need to change. As Thomas and Chris attend their Provincial weeks, they will aim to gain National Selection or even selection for the Warrior’s Cubs Team to play in Cubs Week.
Thomas has also achieved an Oakhill first, in that he has the prestigious honour of captaining his province this year against the best cricketers in South Africa. Chris will be attending both the u19 and u17 Provincial weeks (6th – 10th December in the Boland) as he qualifies for both. This is also part of a Cricket South Africa strategy to prepare our young Cricketers for the u19 World Cup which will take place in the UAE in December 2014. Chris has been in prolific form with the bat, guiding Oakhill 1st XI to victory against Outeniqua in a T20 match earlier this month.
Both brothers have been training extremely hard and are peaking at the right time. With the Provincial weeks just around the corner, it has come at a good time for them both. We, at Oakhill, would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for the challenges that lie ahead.