The history of cricket goes back as far as the 13th century and, like many other games, it has an English background. However, cricket is adored worldwide now and the Rainbow Nation has produced outstanding cricket players who have conquered the world. Cricketers must respect the spirit of cricket, which has respect, fair play and sportsmanship at its core. The North-West University (NWU) Mahikeng Campus sports department facilitates the growth of athletes who are cricket lovers, and the team competes in a number of competitions to provide the players with the perfect exposure.
The NWU Mahikeng cricket team is making their presence felt in the province and at national level too. In 2014 they reached the league quarter finals, in 2016 they achieved the second place in the annual T20 competition, in 2017 the USSA B third place, in 2018 the USSA B third place and in 2019 one player was selected for the NW Rural cricket team (provincial level).
The NWU Cricket Club on the Potchefstroom Campus was established in 1936 and has for 85 years had a rich tradition of delivering quality cricketers. The club is a pipeline for young provincial cricketers who aspire to play for the Proteas. Over the past five years the club has produced Chris Morris, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Bjorn Fortuin and Wihan Lubbe for the national team.
Success stories include producing players for the Proteas, the CSA Academy, the USSA XI and for franchise and semi-pro teams across the country.
The club won the CSA National Club Championships in 2001 and 2016, was second in 2017, won the Varsity Cricket Tournament in 2017, was second in 2018 and third in 2019. It also won the Red Bull Campus Cricket Challenge in 2017.
Our facilities are of world-class standard, with two top-notch playing fields next to each other. The net facilities are also used by county players every year.
The club’s coaches are well equipped to assist players with training on a daily basis and to make players match-ready.
Cricket has helped NWU Sport to be a leading sports facility in South Africa.
Conrad de Swardt
NWU Cricket Club
T: 018 299 1056