Reader Wayne Mandabva shares his cricket journey (and a great century story) with SACricketmag.com readers.
I started playing cricket when I was just three years old. I live in Claremont and my dad found a club for me to start playing at, called Ryan Maron’s Cricket School of Excellence. I started attending clinics there over the holidays. It’s not very expensive there either.
I used to go to every single clinic during the school holidays. It was really nice because I would always meet new people and make friends. When I was about 11, I started playing matches which was really nice.
My biggest challenge that I started to encounter recently was that when I play a drive, my right shoulder and waist keep coming through. Every practice at school I started staying for an hour after practice and got throw-downs from my coach. I started trying to play later in my shots and with the ball under my eyes and it started to work. Now my top hand is dominating my bottom hand.
My biggest memory in cricket was when I was at Ryan Maron’s holiday clinic (and at the time I was six years old) and we were playing a mini-match. I was fielding at mid-on and the boy who was batting tried to clear the infield to hit a boundary, but he mistimed it and I took a diving catch. Everyone was so surprised… and that was my best memory.
My best performance was last year when I scored 110 not out in a T20 match against All Rounders. When I got to 50 runs I had no idea that I was going to bat all the way through. After I hit a six the umpire told me that I had reached 100 – and I was amazed. That was the best memory of my life.
– Wayne Mandabva (14)