Alberton High opened up its doors in 1974. Cricket was played for the first time in September 1976 when a 1ST Eleven and an U/14 side were selected.
Three wired cement Cricket nets were built next to the entrance in Phantom street. With no helmets available at the time the batsman had to know their ducking and diving to short pitched deliveries, while those not involved in cricket, had to keep their eyes wide open for the cover and lofted drives.
Only the top field was available for Rugby and Cricket.
There was no turf pitch but a Cricket Mat was used. This continued for a number of years and in 1984 with the development of the bottom field a new turf wicket was laid. This was followed by the erection of sight-screens.
The bottom field then became the “A” field with the top field the “B” field. On 5th February 2004 the “A” field was named after the Headmaster and called the “Matt Minnie Oval”.
Both the “A” and “B” fields have top quality turf wickets and are the best in Alberton. The South East Rand High Schools make use of them for the English League matches.
In 1979 the school involved the Professional Trevor Tunniclife to assist with the coaching of cricket and during the same year the school undertook their first ever cricket tour to Cape Town with mixed successes.
This tour was followed by another to Cape Town in 1983 with the team winning all their matches expect for one. In 2008 the school’s 1st team undertook their first overseas cricket tour to England and did exceptionally well.
After Trevor Tunniclife the school also had the benefit to involve two other Professionals in the eighties, namely Steven Windybank and Phillip Bainbridge. Alberton High was the only school in Alberton to make use of Professionals from overseas.
In 1995 eighteen new turf practice nets were built. The building of these nets made a big difference to the boy’s approach towards cricket. The number of teams at school moved up from four to seven!
During 1996 a new knock-out competition “The Ball and Turf knock-out” for primary schools was announced sponsored by Ball and Turf (owner Donald Hall).
This took place at Alberton High with the final being played under floodlights and the teams dressed in different colours. The first final took place between Kenton and Dinwiddie Primary, with Kenton winning the event.
Today this event still takes place but is known as the “Ink Pot Knock-out Tournament”.
In 2003 the school, with the approval of the Governing Body, converted the Gym into a Cricket Academy with three indoor cricket nets being installed.
Further improvements took place in 2006 with cameras also being installed. This is at present the best indoor facility in Gauteng, if not in South Africa.
In 2007 the school appointed a full-time coach for the first time, Aldo van den Berg, to assist the boys with top quality coaching.
Aldo’s qualifications are:
- Represented – Gauteng Schools
- S.A. Schools
- Transvaal A (Highveld Strikers)
- As professional cricketer he played for Nottinghamshire, Lancashire
- He is a qualified level III UCB Coach
Aldo is assisted by seven other top coaches.
We are also very fortunate to have Mr. Minnie, our Principal, as the chairman of Gauteng Schools Cricket since 2007. As a dedicated chairman he is doing a sterling job in leading schools cricket to greater heights.
South African School Caps
- Fraser Nixon – Colts
Gauteng Provincial Caps
- Andre van Eden
- Jeremy Bosman
- Bryan van Vuuren
- Gary Nixon
- Vanhalen Govender
- Tian Snyman
- Kurt Robertson
- Miguel Carolina
- Phillip Crous
- Warrick Brabson
- Fraser Nixon
- Darren Conroy