Originally Posted by Briony
How do you rate that Obus Pienaar guy who has had some impressive performances in under comps? Will he make it for the Proteas? What happened to guys like Ackerman and Richards who they were raving about before the last under 19 comp?
Obus Pienaar is a good player, hard-hitting batting all-rounder but needs to find his way into a strong Knights batting line-up first. Was part of the Emerging side recently.
Ackermann in particular scored loads of runs but hasn't been able to kick-on. In fact his fellow player from the same school, same provincial u19 team and same SA u19 side in David White is ahead of him now.
The current SA u19 crop and particularly fast bowlers below have very good pedigree and are playing amateur cricket while still at school. Some players just out of school like Quinton DeKock has a contract with the Lions already and Cloete has a contract with the Knights. Chad Fortune has a rookie with Dolphins and Rafferty & Olivier have rookies with the Knights. Those 3 clubs don't mind giving youth just out of school a chance.
The Cobras, Warriors and Titans are normaly the clubs where you have to do a bit of an apprenticeship in the amateur ranks first.