Tradition | Excellence | Opportunity
The Grey Vision
Grey remains as one of the leading schools in the country, with a culture and value system that support its fine heritage. Grey is recognised for its competitiveness and excellence in academic, sporting and cultural activities, as well as for its ability to consistently produce leaders.
Head of Cricket
Mr Mike Smith
Master in Charge
Mr Neil Bielby
Grey High School has a rich cricketing tradition dating back to the first game in 1861. Many great cricketers have since started there cricketing careers at the Grey. The legendary Pollock brothers, Aubrey Faulkner, Athol McKinnon, Spook Hanley, Dave Callaghan, Wayne Parnell and Johan Botha are just a few of the many Old Greys who have gone onto play cricket at the highest level. Graeme Pollock, Grey High’s legendary cricketer, became South Africa’s “Cricketer of the millennium”. Grey High has also been the nursery for South African Cricket Presidents in Joe Pamensky and Geoff Dakin, who played such a big role in the unification of South African cricket.
We continue to pride ourselves in achieving a balance between mass participation and excellence. We are proud to have 16 teams participating in the EP School’s Leagues and many of our top players gaining selection for Provincial and National teams. Grey has produced the most South African Schools players since unification. 2013 saw two of our 1st XI Cricketers, Lloyd Brown and Bradley Bopp been included in the South African under 19 team. Bradley went onto represent Souty Africa at the U19 World Cup in 2014, after having played SA Schools in 2013.
Currently we have many Old Greys making their mark in franchise and/ or International cricket. Internationally, Wayne Parnell (2007) is in the South African team, with former National player, Johan Botha choosing to ply his trade in Australia and there are a further five Old Boys contracted to the Warriors franchise: Wayne Parnell, Rusty Theron, Craig Thyssen, Colin Ackermann and David White. David White has recently been included in the SA “A” squad.
Grey High School is fortunate to have Fred Swarbrook as the current Professional Coach, Dave Callaghan, former South Cricketer and Old Grey, as well as a motivated group of teachers to form a quality group of coaches.
“Cricket played in true Sporting Tradition”
Grey High has a rich cricketing tradition, dating back to the first game in 1861. This report was found in Herald, Port Elizabeth’s local newspaper:
“The Grey Club and the 10th Regiment had a game yesterday – the former lost by nearly 50 runs. The 10th have some good players amongst them, while the Grey boys are all boys but one. Still they did pretty well for their maiden match – and next time they hope to do better. The fielding on the Grey side was not good, while on the part of the Military it was excellent.”
Many great cricketers have since started there cricketing careers at the Grey.
Ron Draper represented South Africa in the 1940’s. Atholl McKinnon, the charismatic, left arm spinner who assisted Peter Pollock to bowl out the English at Trent Bridge in 1965 to record South Africa’s first series win on English soil, was capped for the South Africa soon after School. Geoff Dakin(1956), who was to become the first President of the UCB of South Africa, captained the EP Currie Cup side for many years. Tom Dean, Grey High’s legendary Cricket Professional arrived in 1957 (retired in 1978), at the time when Peter Pollock was starting to make his mark at the School. A tigerish personality with real pace to back it up, Pollock was to rapidly rise through ranks from EP Schools to Eastern Province, South Africa and represented the Rest of the World.
Grey High School has played many seasons in the Eastern Province Premier league, although in recent times they have chosen to play Schools, but travel regularly all over the Country to ensure quality opposition and cricket. Tom Dean’s first objective on arrival at Grey was to win the men’s league, which they achieved in the 1960/1 season, with Graeme Pollock , in the fourth term, and Bill McAdam, 1st term, captaining the team. This era saw the emergence of Graeme Pollock, who was to become South Africa’s cricketer of the Millenium. It is difficult to explain to another generation the Pollock phenomenon. John Young, an Old Boy and author of “The Spirit of the Tower” explained; “Perhaps a combination of Adam Gilchrist’s power, Sachin Tendulkar’s timing and Brian Lara’s flair goes some way to describing his genius.”
It is with great pride that Grey High School along with King Edward School from Johannesburg has the most SA School capped cricketers (52 caps). Grey High School have, however comfortably the most caps in the post-apartheid era(1994 todate)
Some interesting statistics – on 1 May 2014
Number of players and SA SCHOOLS CAPS PER SCHOOL
|Grey High School (PE)||39||52|
|King Edward VII (KES)||38||52|
|Bishops (Diocesan College)||37||48|
|Durban High School||34||45|
|Grey Collage (Bloem)||26||34|
|St Andrew’s College||23||29|
|Rondebosch Boys High||22||26|
|Pretoria Boys High School||15||17|
Schools with the most capped South African Cricketers – end of 2013
|KES||15||Quinton de Kock|
|Grey High School||14||Wayne Parnell|
|Maritzburg College||11||Jonty Rhodes|
Schools with the most capped South African Cricketers in post apartheid era – 1992 to date
|Grey College||5||Ryan McLaren, Nicky Boje, Boeta Dippenaar, Kepler Wessels and Hansie Cronje|
|DHS||4||Imraan Khan, Hashim Amla, Lance Klusener and Richard Snell|
|Affies||3||Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Jacques Rudolph|
|Grey High School||3||Wayne Parnell, Johan Botha and Pieter Strydom|
|Wynberg||3||Graeme Smith, Neil McKenzie and Adam Bacher|
|Plumstead||3||Rory Kleinveldt, JP Duminy and Paul Adams|
|Rondebosch||3||HD Ackerman, John Commins and Gary Kirsten|
|Alexander Road||2||Robin Peterson and Brett Schultz|
|Bishops||2||Herschelle Gibbs and Adrian Kuiper|
SA Schools 1970 – 1990
Keith Reid, Nigel Dutton, Gavin Cowley(2), Dennis Broad, Dale Robinson, Tim Seaman, Bryan Lones(2), Dave Callaghan, Morgan Morris, Pieter Strydom, Duncan Browne, David Mallett, Grant Morgan. With Peter Pollock pulverizing the Aussies, Grey boys were keen to follow suit. Nigel Dutton, Charlie Ahfeldt and Rupert Hanley gave Grey Captains lots of fire power. Hanley played for the Transvaal ‘Mean Machine” and won selection for South Africa against the rebel West Indians, where he achieved a hat trick at the Wanderers. Quality all-rounders became a feature of Grey cricket with Kith Reid leading the way. Reid and Gavin Cowley later played important roles for the EP Currie Cup team. Ian Howell finished at Grey in 1975. A very long and fruitful first class career for Border followed soon after. Since retirement he has become a respected International Umpire. The next Border Captain after Howell was another Old Grey in Pieter Strydom, who later played for the Proteas. Dave Callaghan had a brilliant school and first class career, he made his mark Internationally against New Zealand with a glorious 169 at Centurion Park
SA Schools 1991-2005
Greg Miller, Kevin Chree, Brendan Horan, Bruce Stigant, Machiel van Olst, Murray Creed, Michael Williams, Umar Abrahams(2), Johan Botha(2, once as Captain), Zwelibanzi Homani(2), Lazola Dipha, Craig Thyssen(3), Mpumelelo Slwana, Brett Thompson, Wayne Parnell(3) and Corbyn Dolley. Grey’s most productive period in terms of SA Schools caps began with Murray Creed’s selection in 1997 and reached a peak in 2000, when no fewer than 4 boys were selected. Johan Botha became the second Grey boy to captain SA Schools and won senior national selection in 2005. In 2007, Wayne Parnell became only the second Grey boy to win 3 SA Schools caps.
South African Players
Robert Dower 1893
Graeme Pollock 1963–87
Peter Pollock 1961–1970
Rupert Hanley 1983
Dave Callaghan 1993 –
Pieter Strydom 2000
Johan Botha 2003 –
Jaques Theron 2007 –
Wayne Parnell 2007 –
SA Schools 1970 – 1990
Gavin Cowley (2)
Bryan Lones (2)
SA Schools 1991 – date
Machiel van Olst
Umar Abrahams (2)
Johan Botha (2, once as Captain)
Zwelibanzi Homani (2)
Craig Thyssen (3)
Wayne Parnell (3) (Capt – 2007, Capt
SA U19 team to the World Cup – 2008)
David White (SA U19 and SA Schools)
Colin Ackermann (SA U19)
Solomzi Nqweni (SA U19)
Lloyd Brown (SA U19)
Bradley Bopp (SA u19 and SA Schools)
4 x U14
4 x U15
7 x U19
4 cricket ovals
7 grass nets
10 artificial nets
The Pollock field is the main cricket oval, named after Graeme Pollock. It is one of the finest schoolboy cricket grounds in the country. Alongside the field is the Mosenthal Pavilion dating back to the 1914, the Centenary Pavilion where teas and lunches are enjoyed was opened in 1993. The electronic scoreboard was erected in 1990, and electrified in 2007.
Staff and qualified schoolboy’s umpire normal league fixtures. The 1st team game umpires are appointed by the Eastern Province Cricket Umpires Association. Annual umpire courses are offered to our students who wish to get certified.
The coaching staff comprises of staff members and one professional coach.
|1st XI||Richard Gilbert and Dave Callaghan|
|2nd XI||Corbyn Dolley / Henlo Barkhuizen|
|3rd XI||Fenner Barnard|
|4th XI||Bean van Eden|
|5th XI||Steyn van Eden|
|6th XI||Ryan Laurie|
|7th XI||Francois Holder / Student|
|Colts A||Neil Bielby / Rod McCleland|
|Colts B||James Atherton|
|Colts C||Ian Clifford|
|Colts D||Declan McLaggan|
Personal Cricket Coach
Michael is a born and bred Eastern Caper, who attended Dale Junior and then Selborne College. He has been involved in cricket ever since leaving school. He played for the Border U19, Border Academy, Border B, Border, Eastern Province and the Warriors. His First Class career consisted of 177 matches in total across all formats, scoring just over 7000 runs with a top score of 205*. He captained the EP team for over 5 years. He obtained his Cricket South Africa Level 3 coaching qualification in 2011 and has been coaching ever since. After retiring from cricket in 2013, Michael served as the Director of Cricket at Maritzburg College. For the past 3 years he has been a provincial U17 and U19 selector, Head Coach for the KZN Inland Coke Week, a coach for the Dolphins U19 Cubs week team, and has also worked with the KZN Inland Senior Mens squad. Michael is a passionate sports lover who also enjoys running, mountain-biking and golf in his downtime.
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