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
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 scoreboard, donated by Old Boys of the school.
Currently 12 cricket teams play each Saturday:
The school plays fixtures against Michaelhouse, Maritzburg College, St Charles, Durban High School, Glenwood, Northwood, Kearsney, Westville and Grey College. The 1st XI annually attends the Private Schools’ Cricket Festival as well as the Michaelmas week, and Hilton College annually hosts the U14 Michaelmas Cricket Week.
Cricket is played during the 1st and 4th terms of the calendar year.
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 to coach the KZN inland U 19s 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.
Highest Individual Score: N.S Crookes (1954-58) 222 vs Michaelhouse 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:
RA MacLean (SA 1951-1965)
MJ Procter (SA 1966)
JHB Waite (SA 1951-1965)
D.W.Crookes (SA 1994)
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)
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)
E. Bosch (SA U17 2015)
6 Provincial representatives in the KZN inland U18 team
2015 E. Bosch (SA U19 2016)