2019-20 Cricket Season
The season came to an abrupt end on the 16th March with the declaration of a state of emergency by the President due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent halting of all cricket activities by the Central Gauteng Lions Cricket Board (CGLCB). With a number of games remaining, this has led to uncertainty as to how the Board will determine league winners, promotion and relegation.
Our first XI, under a new captain Dan Poulton, had a challenging season, much of it spent in a relegation battle as the teams occupying 11th and 12th in the Premier League were protected from relegation because of the transformation policies of Cricket South Africa/ CGLCB. In general, the performance of the first XI was impacted by the inconsistent form and availability of key players. However, it is pleasing that James Warsop finished the season as the Premier League’s leading running scorer with 627 runs at an average of 45.
Our other teams were generally competitive in their respective leagues, the with the 3rd team (President’s B) set to finish in the top two for the third consecutive season. The Saturday 3 (SA3) team, a young side ably led by Thabo Kalabatane, looks set to win their league.
The women’s section continues to grow from strength to strength under the stewardship of Women’s Proteas super supporter Shannon Landman-Kriel and Maddy Wolmarans. In response to its growth, the section was able to field two teams, both of which look likely to finish in the top two of their respective leagues.
The growth of the junior section of the Wanderers Cricket Club was highlighted as an important part of the club’s overall strategy going forward. Participating numbers have increased by 60% during the season and there is scope for further growth.
The cricket section remains on a sound financial footing due to sponsorship and fundraising. Thanks go to BMW Sandton, New Africa Sports, Molefi Letsiki Diamond Holdings, the organisers of the Wanderers Bash and the sponsors and participants of the Wanderers Cricket Club golf day.
Thanks to cricket committee members and invitees – Mike Sacher (in particular for his work on the golf day), Graham McMillan, Thabo Kalabatane, Zaid Patel and Shannon Landman-Kriel, Craig Taylor (Junior Cricket Representative), James Carmichael (Parents’ Representative) for their tireless work behind the scenes – and to the team captains for their dedication and desire to make the Wanderers a winning club on and off the field.
Finally, thanks to the senior club coach Jeff Levin and his assistant Kreeson Naicker for their passion for the game and the well-being of the Wanderers Cricket Club.