CAPE TOWN. – It was a stylish, elegant and brutal knock. It was the type of batting performance that transforms a game within the blink of an eyelid. And in the case of Wynberg Boys’ High School, that century off 49 balls by the u.14-captain, Zayd Noor, did exactly that.
His father, Faizal, was one of the spectators at Stellenberg High School privileged enough to witness Noor (jr) hammer eight fours and eight sixes.
“His innings gave me enormous satisfaction because he found or cleared the boundaries with hooks, pulls and straight drives,” said Noor (sr).
Shaun Hewitt, the u.14-coach, said Noor (jr) is a stylish and elegant player and when Wynberg romped to a 280-run win against Stellenberg, some of his shots cleared the boundaries by metres.
He completed his century with one of those monstrous hits.Hewitt says Noord (jr) is undoubtedly a very talented player. He is not a bad off-spinner either, and a very good rugby player, who represents the u.14 A-team at flyhalf.
The one small challenge that Noor has to overcome is to become even more consistent. “He scores very elegant and stylish 20’s and 30’s, and I would like him to capitalize on them,” he added.
Wynberg has been a prolific nursery of superb players, like Allan Lamb, Garth le Roux, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Charl Willoughby and lately, Jason Smith, who looks destined for bigger things.
The school as a tradition that Noor would like to become part of – every member of a first team who smashes a ton, has the honour bestowed on him to plant a tree at the Jacques Kallis Oval.
Noor (jr) is still a work in progress, but judging on the performance against Stellenberg, he is evolving in stylish fashion.
Hewitt says the wins against Bishops on Tuesday and the Newlands Cricket High School on Wednesday were rewarding.
Two big games – against Rondebosch Boys High and SACS – are on the calendar during the next week.
A Noor at his breathtaking best could just account for both these traditional foes if he converts double figures into tons.
“A great future beckons for Zayd, as he possesses so much talent and a vast array of attacking strokes,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Provincie Cricket Association.