Hoërskool Waterkloof will be making their third appearance at the Schools T20 national finals this year, writes THEO GARRUN.
They beat Cambridge Academy of Mpumalanga in the Titans final last weekend to clinch their spot. Waterkloof won the national title in 2011, and their captain, Jordan Hermann, believes they are in with a chance of repeating that feat.
‘Making the national finals has been our goal this year and we have been working on the skills and tactics required for T20 cricket,’ said Hermann. ‘The boys have stuck together this year even though times were tough at times. I am proud of them. We are a fairly young side, but I believe we have the character and team spirit to step up to this challenge.’
Hermann describes himself as a batting all-rounder who opens the batting and bowls off-spin. He has made a lot of runs this year, including a century, a 97 and several 50s.
‘As a bowler, I have taken one- and two-wicket hauls in most of the games. I see my role as sending down four economic overs during the powerplays.’
It’s been a good season for the Waterkloof team in all formats. They have played 24 games since the beginning of the fourth term last year and have lost seven of them.
‘I think that’s a good return since we are in a rebuilding phase and only have three matrics who played regularly,’ added Hermann, who is one of those matric ‘regulars’ , who plans to study next year and to keep on playing.
‘I will be going to Tuks to do a BCom and I’m hoping for a Titans Academy spot,’ he said.
Before then, however, he will be at Tuks for those national T20 finals on 15-17 March.
‘We are definitely in it to win it,’ he said with a smile. ‘I think that if we stick to the basics and execute we can go far.’
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