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Monday, 16 December 2013 19:38

Cricket: Lloyd Brown Captains EP for Second Time at Coke Week

Eastern Province captain Lloyd Brown will be playing in his second Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Durban this week.


Last year Eastern Province lost to Western Province on the second–last day of the week in Potchefstroom, so they lost out on playing the final, and they ended up losing to KZN Inland on the last day as well.

On a personal level, Lloyd said he got a lot of starts in last year’s tournament but did not manage to follow through and get big scores. “I learned a lot in last year’s tournament,” he said. “I learned I must take it one ball at a time and not start chasing a score before I am comfortable. I also learned to believe in myself a lot more. I think I second-guessed myself a couple of times last year causing me to lose my wicket. I have to trust my judgment and push ahead when I feel the time is right.”

Lloyd says they will not be talking about playing in the title game on the last day and prefer to focus on the first 2 day’s games. This year’s Eastern Province team is more experienced than last year’s team. They have got 4 payers in Andrew Rushmere (Mark Rushmere’s son), Bradley Bopp, Sintu Manjezi and Brown himself, who played last year and they can give advice to the new players in the team. “What we are looking for is a catalyst that will start the tournament off well and that we can build on,” he said. “As captain, the team will look to me to provide that catalyst but there are other players in the team that are more than capable of doing it.”

Speaking to friends that are at schools in the KZN and KZN Inland areas, he hears that there has been a lot of rain and that the ball should move around a lot. He has had to prepare himself and his team for the tough conditions that they will encounter but he is not worried as long as they take it one ball at a time.

“We are not looking at anything outside of the first 2 day’s play, but we have identified 4 payers that we are looking forward to playing against and who are going to be tough opposition. On day 1 we meet KZN and they have got all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo from Glenwood , in his second week. and Sibonelo Makanya who is a bowler from DHS. On day 2 it’s KZN inland and we are looking forward to playing against batsman Greg Oldfield from Michaelhouse and Lungi Ngidi who is a very fast bowler. Both of them are playing in their second weeks.”

Lloyd is a big fan of David Miller. “I hear he has not let fame get to his head. He is down to earth and still the same person that he was when he was at school. Even though David didn’t make SA Schools, he still went on the represent his country only a couple of years after leaving school.”

Other influences have been coaches, Andre du Plessis, Carl Bradfield and Ray Jennings. “Carl is the cricket master at St Andrews but is still willing to give advice and support to players from other schools and since he is the EP coach he also helps out all the kids no matter where they come from. Ray Jennings is full of experience and knowledge about cricket,” he said.

This year has been a good one for Lloyd. He has scored 5 hundreds, starting with 102 not out against the Knights at the Colts week. One of the more memorable innings of the year was the 102 not out he made against Paul Roos on a very tricky pitch.

Lloyd prefers not to talk about the under-19 World Cup in Dubai next year because he says that, even though he has already toured India with the SA under-19 team this year, he is not guaranteed a position in the team for next year and he still has to prove himself at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week and the Colts week.

This year he toured India with the Coca-Cola under-19 South African team and played in a quadrangular tournament against India, Australia and Zimbabwe. He did not have a fantastic tour but did manage a good 69 against India in one of the one games. South Africa lost in the final of the tournament to India having beaten them once and lost to them once in the round robin stages.

“I really enjoyed the tour to India because we got to see how good some of the other teams in the world are and to measure ourselves against them. I think that if the tournament was played in more seamer-friendly conditions we could have beaten India.

“The good thing is that we got experience in spinner-friendly conditions so we know what to do to prepare for the World Cup on spinner friendly pitches.”

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