15th Senior Cricket Festival

Union High School is excited to announce that we will be hosting our ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น at the start of 2022, from 12 to 15 January!
We look forward to welcoming Daniรซl Pienaar Technical High School, Marlow Agricultural High School, Queen’s College Boys’ High School, Stirling High School, East London, Edgemead High School, Milnerton High School and Nico Malan to our campus for four days of competitive cricket in an environment that promotes collegiality, friendship and camaraderie.
๐— ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ง๐—˜๐—”๐— 
The team that will be representing Union High School as its 1st XI during this festival, consists of Sisipho Arnols (captain), Hlaki Skepe, Ivan Murray, Lihle Mxhunyelwa, Daniel Nell, Brent Hesselink, Joshua Horne, Laythan Carelse, Shaakir Kazi, Camran Swartz, Jude Langmead, Thokozani Mpanza and Jordan Wilmot.
We wish them all the best in their preparations for this festival

A Return To Cricket

โ€œ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด? ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜บ.โ€ – Mike Singletary
More than a year after Covid-19 brought schools cricket to a halt, Unionโ€™s cricketers were excited to be able to take to the field again in two matches this past weekend – the first, against the Graaff-Reinet Cricket Club on Friday evening, 5 March, the second against the Brain Bands Invitation Team on Saturday morning, 6 March.
๐—ง๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ ๐˜ƒ๐˜€ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ-๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—–๐—–
Friday eveningโ€™s encounter against the Graaff-Reinet CC saw Unionโ€™s 1st XI take to the field at the Botanics Sports Grounds for a T20 match.
Graaff-Reinet CC won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Union boys took to the field with a positive energy, but was put under pressure right from the very first ball by the Clubโ€™s batsmen, who managed to conclude their innings with a total of 158 for 6. Unionโ€™s best bowler was Hlaki Skepe (3 for 27 in 4 overs).
Early damage to Unionโ€™s batting line-up caused by excellent swing bowling from the Clubโ€™s bowlers, saw the team in early trouble at 3 for 2. Chasing a total of 158 then became an insurmountable challenge, as wickets continued to fall. Unionโ€™s batsmen were bowled out for 72 runs. Dylan Kriel top-scored for Union with 14 runs, followed by Rogan Odendaal (12) and Josh Calitz (12).
๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜ƒ๐˜€ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€
On Saturday, 6 March, Union played against the Brian Bands Invitation Team at Union High Schoolโ€™s Minnaar Field.
The Union team was determined to improve on their performance from the previous evening and, with Unionโ€™s pitches starved of cricket, Union chose to bat first when they won the toss to take full advantage of a really good track.
Patience at the crease saw Unionโ€™s top order create a good platform, setting themselves up for a competitive total. Union managed to score 172 for 5 in their allotted 40 overs. Batsmen Jarrod Naude (38), Josh Calitz (31), James Pringle (20), MJ Newton (19) and James Pienaar (16) were the main contributors.
The Union team then took to the field with new-found confidence, striking early in the first over with a brilliantly executed delivery by Lihle Mxhunyelwa to disturb the woodwork, leaving the visitors at 0 for 1.
Shortly thereafter, Lihle struck again twice, and the Brian Bands team found themselves 3 wickets down with only 10 runs on the board.
Union continued to apply steady pressure through excellent bowling and fielding, holding onto 5 catches to dismiss the opposing team for 86.
Unionโ€™s best bowlers were Laythan Carelse (4 for 24), Lihle Mxhunyelwa (3 for 15) and James Pienaar (2 for 18).
The Union team must be commended on a brilliant team effort.

Pitch Prep

Maintaining the pristine finish of Union High Schoolโ€™s high-end cricket grounds, or any schoolโ€™s for that matter, isnโ€™t an easy task, especially with pitches in use for long periods of the spring and summer months.
Although COVID-19 has stumped our 2020/21 cricket season, it has led to our cricket pitches experiencing less traffic, therefore giving our ground staff an opportunity to delve into the art and graft of cricket groundsmanship to produce a quality playing surface for when play eventually resumes.
As it goes without saying that preparing a cricket pitch must be one of the most drawn-out, effort-intensive activities in the field of sports, Union High School extends its immense gratitude to our estate manager Mr Donald Kingwill and our talented team of groundsmen for their consistent efforts in ensuring that Unionโ€™s cricket grounds are pitch-perfect.
These past few months have seen a tremendous amount of work done to the pitches on the Puttick and Minnaar fields, which included a layer of bulli added to the pitches just this week.
Our grateful thanks are also extended to our Old Unionites and the Old Unionite Association for their constant support of the school in this endeavour, in particular to Messrs Dave Stern, John Crankshaw and William Copeman for their valued contributions.
We look forward to watching some top-class competitive games on these pitches when our boys are able to take the field again!

UHS Honours Cricketers

Union High School is exceptionally proud of its rich tradition and reputation for sporting excellence on the cricket field.

The history of Union High School credits Mr Herby Arnott, a legendary headmaster at Union High School during the 1940s, โ€˜50s and โ€˜60s, with establishing cricket as one of the schoolโ€™s premier sports.

Having been a superior player himself, and with his firm belief in the value of cricket as an educational tool, Herby Arnott developed cricket at the school with vigour during his tenure as headmaster.

Ever since, the success of Unionโ€™s cricket can be attributed to the legions of passionate players and coaches who have ensured that the greatest of games continues to flourish within the confines of Unionโ€™s magnificent grounds.

In honour of all these cricket players who have made the sport at the school what it is today, Union has erected a permanent reminder of the best batting and bowling performances in the history of the sport at Union.

Affixed to the walls of the Tony Burrell Union is a brand new permanent installation of cricket plaques celebrating all the centuries and five-wicket hauls made by Unionโ€™s cricketers.

It is hoped that the installation, which was officially unveiled during the 2020 Foundersโ€™ Weekend, will serve as an incentive for Unionโ€™s cricketers to excel, and by so doing, earn themselves a lasting place in the history of Unionโ€™s cricket – alongside some of Unionโ€™s greatest players.

โ€ข Old Unionites, visitors, parents and the school’s young cricketers are invited to have a look at the installation when next at the Tony Burrell Union – it truly provides a wonderful walk down memory lane.

โ€ข Any Old Boys who played the sport are also encouraged to let us know if a batting or bowling performance has been omitted on the installation. Send through any information pertaining to the above to uhsmarketing@unionschools.co.za


Annual Senior Cricket Festival

Union High School hosted another successful edition of their annual Senior Cricket Festival from Thursday, 9 January to Saturday, 11 January.

Ten teams, including Edgemead High School, Queenโ€™s College Boysโ€™ High School, Milnerton High School, Nico Malan, Framesby, Stirling High School, Brandwag, Muir College and Daniรซl Pienaar, participated.

Over the course of three days there were a number of high team scores, some big hitting from the batsmen, quite a few big wicket haulsย from the spinners and plenty of smart cricket from the captains.

โ€ข Union’s 1st XI faced Edgemead High School on the first day of the festival in a 50-over game.

Union batted first and scored 184. Jaden Brotherton (58) and Brett Amsterdam (51) were Union’s top scorers.

Edgemead then went in to bat and was bowled out for 91.

Bowlers Jaden Brotherton took 5 for 18 and Brett Amsterdam 5 for 31.

Union won the match by 93 runs.

โ€ข On Friday, Union faced Queen’s College in a 50-over game. The visiting team batted first and scored 231.
Union’s top batsman was Jaden Brotherton, who took 2 for 30.

Union then went in to bat and unfortunately only managed to put 73 runs on the board. Queen’s College won by 158 runs.

โ€ข In their last match of the festival, Union faced Milnerton High School in in action-packed T20 on Saturday, 11 January.

Union went in to bat first and scored 98. Top scorers were James Pienaar (19) and Brett Amsterdam (35).

Milnerton then went in to bat and scored 99 for 6.
Jarrod Naudรฉ took 2 for 14. Union lost by 4 wickets.

Karoo U/12 Coach

Mr Floris Steenkamp, Union’s Junior Sports Administrator, has been selected to serve as the coach of the u/12 Karoo cricket team.

He will be accompanying the team when they participate in the annual u/12 Rural Cricket Festival in Port Elizabeth from 29 November to 1 December.

As announced last month, nine Union cricketers were selected for the team. They are Shaakir Kazi, Makukhanye de Beer, Matthew Paxton, Xavier Barlow, Kananelo Kometsi, Yaseen Kazi, Neelon Fourie, Danielย Marais and Yonela Wana.

We extend our best wishes to Mr Steenkamp who we know will leave no stone unturned in ensuring his team is well prepared.

EP Midlands Management

Congratulations to Mr Sean Koeberg (left) who has been tasked with managing the EP Midlands u/17 cricket team that will participate in Cricket South Africaโ€™s National Rural Week 2019.

In addition to this, we also extend our congratulations to Unionโ€™s Senior Sports Administrator, Mr Raymond Hamilton (right), who has been asked to serve as the teamโ€™s assistant coach.

Union wishes them everything of the best in preparing the team for its campaign. We trust that they will doย a sterling job and that the team will go from strength to strength under their guidance.

The National Week will take place from 10 to 14 December 2019 at Kearnsney College, Durban.

EP Midlands Cricket

Following extensive trials, eight Union High School cricketers have been selected to represent the Eastern Province Midlands u/17 team at the SA National u/17 Rural Week at Kearsney College, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 10 to 14 December.

Congratulations to Jaden Brotherton, Hlaki Skepe, Sisipho Arnols, Rogan Odendaal, Lihle Mxhunyelwa, James Pienaar, Kyle-Luke du Preez and Bowen Langmead!

Jaden Brotherton will captain the team, with Bowen Langmead assisting him as vice-captain.

Karoo U/12 Cricket

We wish to congratulate the following Union cricketers on being selected for the Karoo u/12 cricket team: Shaakir Kazi, Makukhanye de Beer, Matthew Paxton, Xavier Barlow, Kananelo Kometsi, Yaseen Kazi, Neelon Fourie, Daniel Marais and Yonela Wana.

We wish them everything of the best in the knowledge that they will represent us well!