Taking part in their first ever CABS T20 tournament at St George’s College, Hellenic School have achieved a lot more than a lot of people expected.
The “fairly new” school has its first stream of Upper Sixth Formers this year, hence it is their first year to have 18-year-olds as part of their first team. Their performance in the last cricket season earned them an invite to the prestigious CABS T20 tournament. The “Greek” school made it all the way to plate finals where they lost to St Andrew’s College of Grahamstown in South Africa. En route to the plate final, Hellenic played another visiting team – Kingswood College – knocking them out in the plate semi-final.
During the pool stages Hellenic also registered a win against St John’s College, a school that has been vital in their development. Despite losing to St Andrew’s in the plate final, Hellenic Lower Sixth student, Kyle Van Leeuwen won two awards for his impressive batting throughout the tourney.
Van Leeuwen hit 25 sixes from Friday through to Sunday to clinch the “Most Sixes” award as well as the “Best Batsman” award donated by former Zimbabwe International, Stuart Carlisle of Absolute Sports. Patrick Mambo, also from Hellenic School, was runner-up for the “Best All-Rounder” award which was won by Jeremy Ives of St George’s College. Mambo was also the highest top-scoring batsman in a match, having scored 109 runs against the visiting St Benedict’s College. In that match, Mambo hit 11 fours and 8 sixes. The duo of Mambo and Van Leeuwen also recorded the highest partnership of the weekend, posting 190 runs against St Benedict’s College.
Going forward, Hellenic are likely to enjoy a successful cricket season this coming third term. Head coach, Moses Chitare and Under 16 coach Chris Fourie are now left with the task of grooming yet another competitive Hellenic side for next year.