Two Free Staters in World Cup Select XI

South Africa Under-19 captain, Raynard van Tonder has been given the honour of leading a World Cup Under-19 ‘dream team’

The South African U19 cricket captain, Raynard van Tonder, was selected by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to be a part of the Under-19 World Cup Select XI.

The Grey College old boy scored 348 runs during the tournament, which equaled the record of the former Proteas captain, Graeme Smith. Smith achieved the feat back in 2000. Dominic Hendrick’s 391 runs in 2010 at an average of 97.75 was the best return by a South African at the tournament.

In 2014, when South Africa won the Under-19 World Cup, the current Proteas skipper, Aiden Markram, scored 370 runs.

Apart from being selected for the World Cup Select XI, Van Tonder has also been named as the skipper of the team.

His Free State teammate, the bowling all-rounder Gerald Coetzee, who is in matric at Saint Andrew’s School, was also included in the World Cup Select XI. Coetzee took a total of eight wickets during the tournament in New Zealand.

“Both of them earned a spot on the team. Their performances were excellent and they influenced and had an impact on the game,” said Free State Cricket CEO, Johan van Heerden.

“Their selection for the ICC Select XI speaks volumes about Free State’s Cricket development pipeline. The two players are from two schools we work closely with, Raynard at Grey College and Gerald at Saint Andrew’s, and this shows that the two schools develop quality players and future Proteas.” concluded Van Heerden.

The wicketkeeper, Wandile Makwetu, was the third South African to be included in the elite team.

World Cup Select XI – Prithvi Shaw (India – 261 runs), Manjot Kalra (India – 252 runs), Shubman Gill (India – 372 runs), Finn Allen (New Zealand – 338 runs), Raynard van Tonder (South Africa, captain – 348 runs), Wandile Makwetu (wicketkeeper) (South Africa – 184 runs and 11 catches), Anukul Roy (India – 14 wickets), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (India – 9 wickets), Gerald Coetzee (South Africa – 8 wickets), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan – 14 wickets), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan – 12 wickets) 12th man: Alick Athanaze (Windies – 418 runs). OFM