Get to Know your Legends – Anton Kritzinger

In this weeks “Get to Know your Legends” we speak to former 1st team Player and PCC legend, Anton Kritzinger, enjoy. Beefy: Tell us which world famous school did you attend? Anton: I matriculated from Pinelands High in 1984 Beefy: Give us a brief look at your cricketing career? Anton:PCC 1st XI 1987 to 1998, Western Province Colts 1990 & 1991 and Western Province XI vs SAP and SADF Beefy: What where the highlights of career? Anton: Playing wise 100 not out vs Primrose including Dean Headley around the wicket out of a red brick wall…and watching PJ Paulse hooking him for 90 when I was getting hit all over! But the main highlight has to be hitting the 7th step in the record longest piss off the old balcony.  It was 100% preparation. A wash out in Paarl from lunch time on…a long game of coinage…a 40 minute drive back to the PCC…and straight up the stairs to balcony! Martin Young the old radio commentator who was walking his dog on the top oval applauded!” Beefy: Best individual moment of your playing career? Anton: 7 for 32 against Northern Goodwood in the Premier League…better Personal Best bowling figures than Les “Bates” Botha Beefy: Most frustrating part of your cricketing career? Anton: LBW, being given out in the dressing room at lunch time to Ginge Rundle’s cousin and watching Trev “Taj” “The Athlete” Pothecary and Brett Logan chase the ball! Beefy: Funniest moment at the PCC? Anton: Peter “Tommo” Thompson and Roy Jackson calling “mine’ under a high ball, and “The Chocolate Cake Evening” following which Gareth “Rushdie” Pike...

Get to Know your Legends – Graham Howell

In this weeks “Get to Know your Legends” we speak to former 1st team captain and WP rep, Graham Howell. Beefy: So Graham, tell us which world famous school did you attend? Graham: I matriculated at Pinelands High in 1970, previously attending SACS and Grey College. Beefy: Give us a brief look at your cricketing career? Graham: Started in 2A in 1971/2 (My dad was captain) and played my first 1st team game in the same season. Did very well and scored my first century in 72/2 season, I think. Had a very bad season the next year, scored 93 runs all season!! Then it came right and scored 500 runs in a season consistently thereafter. Captained Pinelands 1st for a number of years in the late 1970’s when Hylton Ackerman played with us, then again in the late 1980’s. I also kept wicket in the early days which I had started at school in matric. Seeing that I was at UCT for 10 years I always had pressure to play for them, but I resisted and played for Pinelands all those years. In about 1978 I started to bowl medium pacers. I played in numerous WP games (non-representative) during those years – there wasn’t a provincial B-division in those years. In January 1982 I was transferred to Barrydale but travelled back every weekend to play. Missed 1983 season but started again in 1984/5 after I came back from Barrydale. Then played until 1991/2 when I was transferred to Johannesburg and effectively retired from 1st division cricket. Played for Wanderers in the Saturday afternoon league with all the guys...

Get to know your legends – James Knott

In this weeks get to know your legends Club Captain Ginge Rundle chats to former overseas pro James Knott. Ginge brings out some contentious issues with his hard hitting questions, enjoy. Ginge: So James what school did you attend in your youth? Knotty: I was at the famous Dane Court Grammar School. Ginge: Not quiet Pinelands High but we will let you off, what teams have you represented? Knotty: Herne Bay CC, Chestfield CC, Kent CCC, MCC Young Cricketers, Surrey CCC, Pinelands CC, Somerset CCC, Surrey League XI, Bedfordshire CCC, Minor Counties Representative XI, England Amateurs, Bansted CC, Esher CC, Old Emmanuel CC and Luton CC. Ginge: Been around a bit there Knotty, what was the highlight of you career? Knotty: 3 hundreds in a season for Pinelands of course! Ginge: Best individual moment of your playing career? Knotty: 98 vs. Gloucester at Cheltenham Ginge: Most frustrating part of your cricketing career? Knotty: Groot Drakenstein Six a side tournament out in the country. Run out for nought without facing a ball, went for 20 odd off my one over and dropped two catches! Wasn’t all bad, still went back to CT with a load of grapes in the boot! Ginge: Best performance for Pinelands? Knotty: 130 odd not out vs. Langa / 5 for 30 odd vs. Bellville / Don’t remember my keeping records Ginge: What are you up to these days? Knotty: I am the Cricket Professional at Stowe School Ginge: Favourite Drink and food? Knotty: Windhoek lager and Pizza! Ginge: Your favourite cricketer and why? Knotty: Steve Waugh – a tough cookie who never gave an inch...

Get to Know your Legends – Gareth Pike

In this weeks get to know legends we catch up with ex chairman and current President of the PCC Gareth Pike. Beefy: What is your First cricketing memory? Gareth: Going to watch PCC 1st team at the Oval with my Dad in the early 1960’s (yes I’m that old!) and having my mother remove wooden splinters from my bum when I got home! Unfortunately the concrete benches at the club came too late for me! Beefy: Give us a brief overview of your history and involvement at the PCC? Gareth: I joined PCC in 1975 after completing my national service, played 1st team cricket until about 1983, then gradually moved down the ranks until I played my last match for PCC in the famous 4th team in 2005 at the age of 50. I was involved on the PCC committee for most of my playing years starting out in the pub and eventually ending up as chairman until luckily Trevor Pothecary and Ross Bannatynne took over! Beefy: What was your role within the team? Gareth: I was a middle order batsman and captained many teams throughout the years which I really enjoyed. I loved fielding as I didn’t bowl and when I was about 30 I took up wicket keeping and did so until I retired in 2005…..after having notched up 50 years in the scorebook! After I had stopped playing in the 1st team I really enjoyed watching some of our better youngsters come through my team as they moved onto greater things in the 1st team. Believe it or not Ross Bannatynne (yep…with hair on top!) was...

Get to Know your Legends – Len Pye

In this weeks, Get to know your legends we chat to Len Pye. Stalwart member and supporter of the PCC for decades! Besides unearthing the talent that is the PCC Treasurer to strengthen the 5th team we chat to Len about his hopes, dreams and aspirations, enjoy! Beavin “Beefy” de Kock: Give us a brief overview of your history and involvement at the PCC. Len: I came to SA in October 1981, on holiday. I Met a beautiful girl who worked with John Bruce who told me all about Pinelands over a drink in the Capetonian. Emigrated in Feb 1982, got a flat in Garden City Heights (Stalag 27) and met Tony Murray when I became involved with Pinelands Players. Beefy: Not really answering the question there Len but thanks for the history lesson! What is your first cricketing memory at the PCC? Len: My first memory was thinking that John Smuts was English because he had such a posh accent. Beefy: What was your nickname and how did you get it? Len: I can’t remember my nickname…Old Pommie bastard comes to mind! Beefy: What was your role within the team? Old Pommie bastard: I was an outstanding “offie” (Think Graeme Swann) and a number 13 bat. Ginge was lying about my stock ball, the third bounce was the wrong ‘un, my stock was the second bounce. Beefy: What is your preferred fielding position? Old Pommie bastard: Like all great Captains, mid-off. Beefy: Debut at the PCC and for what team? Old Pommie bastard: Debut 1982/83 for the 3D under John Smuts Beefy: Besides unearthing the talent that is...

Get to know your legends – Graham Rundle

Welcome to the first of hopefully many player profiles to be added to pinelandscc.co.za. We start off with “Get to know your legends” and in this week’s profile we chat to the new Club Captain, Graham “Ginge” Rundle Beavin “Beefy” de Kock: What is your first cricketing memory at the PCC? Graham “Ginge” Rundle: Keeping wicket in my first game to Len Pye and taking the ball after the 3rd bounce, which Len replied.” Stay alert Graham that’s my stock ball” Reality was, it was the truth! It never got much better!! Beefy: Give us a brief overview of your history and involvement at the PCC. Joined in 1983 and started in the 3D under Len and enjoyed the 3rd division because of the times enabled me to work and play cricket. I then went to the 2C (The thirsty thirds ) under Gareth Pike and Johnny Bruce for a few seasons and then took over the Captaincy of the 3A which was a highly competitive league with many retired provincial and premier league .  I retired in 1994/95 when I went to Joburg for a few years.  I tried to make a comeback only to realize that my eyes were so kak I could not see the ball at all.  Some would argue that I never saw the ball most of my career. Went on to the committee in 1987 for about 6 years firstly under the Late Patrick “Square Cut” Barnett, and then under the Legendary John Whitney. Beefy: You have a pretty recognisable surname in Cape Town cricket, any relations? Ginge: Dave Rundle is my Cousin. Beefy:...