The school currently fields six U19 teams, four U15 teams and four U14 teams – with one or two U19 teams dropping out of the leagues in the fourth term because of the withdrawal of matric players and with many Grade 10 boys overseas on exchange. Seven teams (1st XI, 2nd XI, 3rd XI, u15A’s, u15B’s, u14A’s, u14B’s) play their cricket on Saturdays and the other teams play mid-week fixtures. The Prep field 16 teams, four in each age group form U10 to U13, all involved in matches every week. In the U9 section we have six sides involved in mini cricket matches on a weekly basis.
At College cricket is played on eight fields situated around the College campus and the Prep School has another two fields. At any given time ten games may be in progress. The College has sixteen artificial nets and six turf nets.
The new state of the art Steffan Coutts-Trotter Indoor Cricket Centre was completed in 2013. The SCTICC is a hi-performance centre with four lanes. One lane will be used as a dedicated bowling-machine lane, with a workstation and TV screen on the rear wall for coaching analysis purposes. The second lane, will be equipped with PitchVision. Using technology that is similar to “Hawkeye”. This will provide coaches and players with statistical data to assist in skill and technique improvement as part of the broader development of our cricketers. The introduction of technical equipment will be phased in. The batting component will be introduced as funds become available. The third and fourth lanes will serve as conventional lanes for general bowling and batting, throw-downs, etc. As finances become available, each lane will be equipped with at least one dedicated camera, with the first two lanes having direct access to the TV screen for immediate playbacks.
The SCTICC is available to all Bishops cricketers throughout the year. Bookings can be done by contacting Neil Carter, our professional coach, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having world class facilities is a non-negotiable. Donovan Murray, and his team, has been a revelation and we can already see a visible improvement in the general condition of our fields and our pitches. The improvement of our cricket nets (turf and synthetic) is our next priority. The bowler landing areas at all nets have been replaced with an artificial surface similar to the surface used in the SCTICC and the next step will be to redo our turf nets.
Neil Carter, the Bishops Cricket Professional, will also manage the Steffan Coutts-Trotter Indoor Cricket Centre. Neil is a seasoned professional cricketer having played 111 first class games, 177 List A games and 100 T20’s. He made his debut in the 1999/2000 season and has represented the Cape Cobras, Boland, Matabeleland Tuskers, Middlesex and Warwickshire. Neil also represented Scotland in the T20 format of the game. Neil is an ECB level 3 coach with years of coaching experience in all the various age groups. Neil’s mandate is to develop the general skill level of all our players and coaches, not just at the College but also at the Prep.
3. Establishing and maintaining a sustainable cricket outreach programme with schools from previously disadvantaged areas.
Programmes have been set up with two previously disadvantaged communities. Tygerberg CC in Ravensmead will benefit from an annual cricket equipment drive which will see Bishops Cricket assisting in the collection and purchasing of cricket equipment for the club.
Heathfield Primary will benefit from using Bishops facilities and coaching expertise for specialised coaching sessions in the Steffan Coutts-Trotter Indoor Cricket Centre under the watchful eye of Neil Carter, the Bishops Cricket Head coach.
4. Hosting prestigious Cricket Festivals
In January 2014 Bishops hosted the very prestigious KZN Independent Schools Cricket Festival. This festival will rotate between Hilton College, Michaelhouse, Kearsney College and Bishops.
Our next project will be hosting the U14 Charl van Rooyen Cricket Festival in October 2014. More details to follow.
2014 Bishops Cricket Festival – five retired International cricketers graced us with their presence:
Neil Johnstone (Zimbabwe, coach of Hilton); Kim Hughes (Australian captain, coach of Hale); Gary Kirsten (Proteas, guest speaker); Ian Greig (England, coach of Churchie); Neil Carter (Scotland, Bishops Cricket Pro)
5. Securing an anchor sponsor for Bishops Cricket:
A Cricket Fundraising Committee has been tasked to secure the financial sustainability of the cricket program at Bishops by raising the required funds.
For any information on Bishops Cricket please contact Willem Steyn, Head of Cricket, at email@example.com