Experts predict great cricket future for Pretoria schoolboy

Beyers Swanepoel in action at the Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Bloemfontein. Photo: Coca Cola

Cricket experts took proper note of the young Beyers Swanepoel during the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week, which was held in Bloemfontein in December.

Swanepoel, who was in matric in Hoërskool Garsfontein last year, played for Northerns. He has been named the Coca-Cola Hero of the day for Day five of this prestigious tournament.

The Coca-Cola Hero of the Day award is presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment.  Swanepoel was selected for the award by an appointed panel of cricket experts after taking three wickets for 16 runs in 10 overs against home favourites Free State.

In the main match on the final day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week, two unbeaten teams, Northerns and Free State, played against each other. Leading into the day there was very little to separate the two teams so it would take something special from someone to raise their game under extreme pressure to give their team an advantage.

Swanepoel stepped up to the challenge, handled the pressure well and stopped Free State from scoring a defendable total. Amongst his wickets was the highest run scorer of the tournament, Chris Schreuder, whom he bowled out for a duck.

“It was a great final game of the tournament. I took the new ball and I was determined to help my team finish off as the only unbeaten team of the tournament. Everything worked well for me and I am really honoured to be recognized for my efforts,” said Swanepoel.

“In a feature match you always need someone to set the tone and be a hero. Beyers Swanepoel did that beautifully with his three wickets, helping Northerns topple a very powerful Free State team,” said retired Proteas player and lead Hero of the Day judge, Robin Peterson.

After the Khaya Majola Cricket Week Swanepoel was included in the Titans team which was chosen by selectors from Cricket South Africa for the 2017 CSA Cubs Week that took place from 4-8 January in Stellenbosch.


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