Cape Town - The teenage sons of two South African cricket heroes represented their respective schools this weekend.
The sons of Lance Klusener and Makhaya Ntini, Matthew Klusener (16) and Thando Ntini (17) played for their respective school teams.
It was the first time Matthew, who’s in Grade 10, played for the South African College High School (SACS) first team.
Lance and Makhaya both played for the SA national team in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Thando is in matric at Wynberg Boys’ High School in Cape Town and is also a member of the SA Under-19 team which took part in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year.
“It was very special,” Matthew’s mother, Isabelle Klusener, says about Saturday’s match.
“They last saw each other as kids when they played with each other when their dads were on tour.”
Matthew, who’s mainly a bowler, took two wickets in the match, but was later bowled by Thando.
Wynberg Boys’ won the match.
Isabelle says the two were typical teenage boys during the match and there was ongoing joking and teasing on the pitch because the other boys knew who the two youngsters’ dads are.
She shared images of the two boys during the match on social media, captioning it, “SACS vs Wynberg. And some history in the making as Thando Ntini bowls to Matthew Klusener. It was a special day to watch two boys that used to play together on the grass banks on their dads’ cricket tours ... now facing each other in a school match.”
Isabelle and Lance got divorced in 2015 and she and her three kids, Matthew, Thomas and Anna moved to Cape Town shortly after. Lance now coaches the Zimbabwean national team and Makhaya, who left at the beginning of the year, was his assistant coach.
Thando’s parents, Makhaya and Tandeka Ntini, didn’t attend the match, but Isabelle sent Tandeka a picture of the two boys. She was reportedly quite sad that she hadn’t been able to be there.
Isabelle says it’s hard to tell if Matthew has inherited his dad’s cricketing style, but there’s no doubt that he works hard to get where he wants to be.
“Every day he wants to go to the nets. I really think he deserves where he is.”
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