KZN youngsters make SA U19 squad

Young Northwood star Andile Mokgakane has been included in the South Africa U19 squad to play against the West Indies in a Youth One-Day International series from 9 to 19 July. PHOTO: Hollywoodbets Dolphins

TWO young KwaZulu-Natal cricketers, Andile Mokgakane and Fraser Jones, have been selected for the South African U19 side that will take on current U19 World Champion West Indies in July.

The team will take on the Caribbean side in a five-match Youth One-Day International series from 9 to 19 July in Pietermaritzburg and Durban with the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand just eight months away.

Mokgakane was earmarked from the age of 10 years-old as a player to watch and was introduced to the Township Cricket Programme. He was then elevated to the Elite Township Squad and was then offered a spot at Northwood through the Sunfoil Bursary Fund.

The top-order batsman and seamer has also been playing club cricket at Hollywoodbets Crusaders and was one of the stand-out players for the Castle Premier League champions at the recent Momentum Club Championships in Pretoria.

The other young KwaZulu-Natal based star to be selected for the SA U19 squad is Fraser Jones who has impressed with the ball, but has shown his worth with the bat for school, KwaZulu-Natal Inland and the South African U17 Invitational side recently.

Surprisingly, Jones is only going into his U17 age group this year and will be eligible for another year of provincial cricket in this age category before moving on to the Under-19 age division.

The two players will join the national U19 squad in Durban on 28 June with the first of the five Youth One-day Internationals taking place on 9 July at the Chatsworth Oval.



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Lauren Walford

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