Hilton College has had a rich tradition of cricket from the earliest days of its history, and has produced a number of international and provincial cricketers over the years.
Director of Cricket: Warren Kirsten
After stints at Paul Roos and coaching in the Boland schools coaching structure where he was schools coach of the year in 2008. Warren continued to ply his trade at Maties cricket, where he worked from 2008 to 2016. In this time at the University he earned his Level 3 coaching certificate through CSA. He managed all tours by the University in the time-frame. His passion for the game of cricket and his process based structure accommodates all at Hilton College who would like to play the game of cricket.
1st XI Coach: Dale Benkenstein
We are very fortunate to have the expertise of Dale Benkenstein in our cricket program. Dale has recently returned from 18 years of professional cricket on the County Circuit, most of which was played at Durham. In Dale’s tenure as captain of Durham, they were the most successful county side in England.
Dale captained the SA Schools team in 1993, was involved in 23 ODI’s for South Africa winning both the Commonwealth Games Gold medal and the Champions Trophy. He was one of Wisden’s 5 cricketers of the year in 2009. He scored over 15 000 first class runs and took more than 100 wickets. He ended as Durham’s highest ever run scorer. His departure from Durham saw a move to Hampshire where he began his professional Coaching career.
The desire for Dale to be present in his family’s day to day life made it an easy choice for him to return to South Africa in July 2016. Welcome Dale.
The school is fortunate to have 8 cricket ovals.
There are 8 turf nets, 8 astro turf nets and 5 indoor cricket nets.
The main cricket oval is the Jack Hart-Davis Oval, a picturesque ground overlooking the rolling hills of the Midlands. This oval is the second oldest in KwaZulu-Natal, after the Kingsmead Oval. It is equipped with an electronic LED scoreboard. The facility has been upgraded with the wooden pickets seamlessly replaced by PVC pickets as a continuous drive by the school to keep cricket relevant into the future. To this end the push on dome cover used on Hart Davis, LED’s in the scoreboard and state of the art bowling machine that were also donated by an old boy of the school have allowed all to benefit by increasing the standard of practices and practice options.
Currently 12 cricket teams play each Saturday:
Cricket is played during the 1st and 4th terms of the calendar year.
With pre-season in the third term, this is the term where the HPL is played, this concept started in 2017, has all A-team cricketers split into franchises. The tournament will take place over a three week period in the third term.
Cricket is coached by 10 staff members, 2 students and cricket professionals.
The coaching fraternity is extensively involved in Midlands and KwaZulu-Natal Cricket. Warren Kirsten has recently been appointed as a selector of the KZN inland U 19 team and we are fortunate to have Dale Benkenstein who is the CSA consultant in the KZN inland region.
The school has always had a strong representation in South African and KwaZulu-Natal Cricket at all levels. In 2017 we have 4 boys in the Coke team, 5 boys in the U17 team and 2 boys in the U15 team.
Highest Individual Score:
- N.S Crookes (1954-58) 222 vs Michaelhouse.
- U14 N. Hatton 265 (2017)
Six Not out Centuries
In 1960, six Hilton College boys, in their matches against St Charles, scored a century "not out". The boys were:
- K.E Wimble (1st XI 136*)
- DLH Baldwin (U15A 115*)
- PG Barnard (U15A 107*)
- NA Hodgson (U15B 102*)
- MJC Procter (U14A 167*)
- K-K Johnson (U14A 108*)
National and Provincial Representatives
Some of the most famous names are:
- R.A. MacLean (SA 1951-1965)
- M.J. Procter (SA 1966)
- J.H.B. Waite (SA 1951-1965)
- D.N. Crookes (SA 1994)
- L. Ngidi (SA T20 2016)
- T. Curren (ENG 2017)
The school has produced a number of South African Schools representatives (18) and over 150 Khaya-Majola Coca-Cola Week (Nuffield Week) caps.
The most recent SA Schools' representatives being:
- D.R. Gain (1995 captain)
- D.N. Crookes(1988)
- G.D. Jones (1994)
- R.J. Varner(1986)
- J.R. Schorn (1999, 2000)
- K.C Africa (2002) - SA Colts XI
Annually the school is well represented in KwaZulu-Natal teams at U18,17 and 15 level. Some other recent achievements are:
- K.C. Africa (2003 South Africa U19)
- G.C. Simpkins (2003 South Africa U17)
- PL Mommsen (2005 South African Schools U 18, 2010 Scotland)
- RD McMillan (2008 KZN Dolphins, 2010 SWD)
- L Ngidi (2013 KZN U19 Cubs, Northerns Titans T20 team)
- T. Currin (England ‘A’ 2016)
- K. Selane
- G. Morris
- E. Bosch (SA U17 2015, SA U19 2016)
4 Provincial representatives in the KZN inland U18 2017 team including Vice Captain Kamogelo Selane.
5 Provincial representatives in the KZN inland U17 2017 team including Captain Michael Sclanders.