Northwood School learner chosen for SA U19 squad

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

ANDILE Mokgakane of Northwood School has been selected for the South African U19 side that was announced to take on current Under-19 World Champion West Indies in July. The team, will take on the Caribbean side in a five-match Youth One-Day International series from 9-19 July in Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

Mokgakane, who is from Lindelani, 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.

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Director of cricket at Northwood, Andrew Shedlock, was full of praise for Mokgakane following his hard work and dedication to cricket since his arrival at the Durban-north school.

The top-order batsman and seamer has also been playing club cricket at Hollywoodbets Crusaders.

The top-order batsman and seamer has also been playing club cricket at Hollywoodbets Crusaders.

“It is great to see a player like Andile go onto higher honours,” Shedlock mentioned. “He is one of the success stories of the Township Development initiative after he was scouted and brought to Northwood three years ago. We always knew that he had the talent. We just wanted to provide an environment where he could grow as a player and as a scholar – it is such a great story to see him achieve what he has.”

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.

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“Crusaders have been really good to him, helping financially as well as offering him a place to play club cricket. Andile was one of the better players in their side at Club Champs and it can only be good for his cricket to be learning from some experienced players,” Shedlock added.

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