Cricket South Africa Franchise Cubs Week took place in Stellenbosch from January 3 to 7 and Selborne College pupils Matt Dewar and Matthew Fourie were selected to represent the U19 Warriors Cubs.
Team members stand to qualify for team selection after the annual Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket week.
“I was excited about the selection and overwhelmed to have been selected as team captain. It really was a great experience to be part of a such a prestigious professional tournament,” Dewar said.
The Cubs won their first two games against the Knights and Titans but suffered losses against the Cobras and Lions.
Warriors Cubs coach Andre du Plessis said although the losses they suffered did put a damper on things, it was a good overall performance and team effort.
“Ours was to make sure that everyone was in a good head space for the remaining games as the competition was really tough,” Du Plessis said.
On the last day of the tournament, the Warriors came out guns blazing against the Dolphins with Dewar making 110 off 139 deliveries. The Dolphins suffered their first loss in the tournament to the Warriors.
“It was a good reconciliation game. We had good team spirit and the guys had a point to prove. I’m really proud of my team’s performance,” Dewar said.
The Warriors Cubs came in second place overall.
Du Plessis’s advice to young sportsmen is to be consistent and have a good frame of mind to play the game.
Dewar attributes his success and support to his parents and Selborne coaches to achieve his goals.