DHS HIGH PERFORMANCE CRICKET CENTRE
What a special occasion it was! On Thursday 28 February 2019, the newly renovated High Performance Cricket Centre was officially opened.
Guest of Honour, the Legendary Barry Richards, rekindled memories of old when addressing the invited guests and 1st Cricket XI. During the introductions, the CEO of the DHS Foundation gave a summary of Barry’s achievements as a Provincial and International cricketer. He matriculated from School in 1963 having played for South African Schools for 3 years, and during his illustrious career was honoured by both the legendary umpire Dickie Bird, and the great Sir Don Bradman by being included in each of their best ever cricket teams.
Jeremy Oddy, the DHS Historian, then gave a hilarious account of a Staff vs 1st Cricket XI match in which class teacher Grayson Heath was despatched for a number of sixes by Barry into the school pool. Needless to say, the remaining scholars in the classroom thoroughly enjoyed Barry’s bludgeoning of their teacher and the raucous applause out of the Old Science Block windows, bore testimony to the little work done that day! However, the following morning, the boot moved rapidly across to the other foot when Mr Heath, on entering the classroom, regained his composure, and dealt with all and sundry in a most appropriate way! Mr Oddy concluded the story by announcing that Barry, on appealing to Mr Heath that he had not been in the classroom at the time of the raucous behaviour, but had been on the field, received little sympathy due to Mr Heath feeling rather aggrieved by having to have bowled with a very soapy ball after the pool debacle!
The Headmaster, Mr Pinheiro, thanked the DHS Foundation for their efforts in initiating and financing the facility which he believed was unmatched in KZN school cricketing circles.
The function was concluded with the DHS Director of Cricket, Andrew Shedlock, sharing his ambitions for the future of Cricket at DHS. To officially re-open the facility, Barry Richards then bowled a ball to a DPHS youngster, Qaeed Shaik, who thankfully did not despatch it into the swimming pool!
All who attended thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and the privilege of meeting the legendary Barry Richards.
DHS cricket is on the rise once again, and the facility will offer all School cricketers an opportunity of realising their full potential.
Pictured above: Nigel Hosking, Grayson Heath, Danny Flower, Barry Richards