By Dries Badenhorst – Gustav van Schalkwyk, aka The Surgeon (my nickname for him), has made the dream start to his high school cricket career.
The learner from Curro Durbanville High School has been nothing short of sensational in every match that he has played, since joining the school. After grade 7, at Goodwood Park Primary School, he had various options for his high school education. He says that he decided on Curro Durbanville High School because he believes that it is the school that suites his desire for excellence and success, from both an academic and cricket perspective.
Gustav went to Curro with an impressive cricket pedigree and a reputation of being a match winner. Besides being captain of his u13 cricket team at Goodwood Park Primary School in 2016, he was also selected to represent a Western Cape XI in an international tournament in Dubai. 5 Countries (South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UAE) participated in this tournament.
Gustav’s bowling performances during this tournament went a long way to helping South Africa win the tournament. His figures for the tournament was 12 wickets in 29 overs for only 91 runs. His Semi-Final performance, where he took 4 wickets for only 14 runs in 4 overs, was a match winning effort that earned him the Man of the Match Award.
He has proven himself to be a threat to batsmen on many occasions before and after this tournament. In 2014 he played for a development team in the annual Feedem Tournament in Worcester. His team qualified for the final against Boland A. Playing against the best that Boland has to offer, this development team went into the match as heavy underdogs. Gustav was however not intimidated by reputation and made spin bowling look easy as he took 4 wickets for only 9 runs in his 4 overs. In 2016 he took 2 wickets for 4 runs in 4 overs in the same competition’s final against Western Gauteng.
But it is the Curro cricket fraternity that is buzzing of excitement with Gustav’s performances in his 1st three matches. In total “The Surgeon” has bowled 9.5 overs, took 13 wickets and only went for 14 runs. These figures was obtained in 3 matches. Against De Kuilen High School he took 3 wickets for 1 run, against Fairmont High School 4 wickets for 6 runs and against Sunningdale he took 6 wickets for only 7 runs. The game against Fairmont will always hold a special memory, as he took his 1st ever hat-trick.
Gustav is however more than just a good off spinner. This young man is well rounded and balanced. His academic accomplishments testify to this fact. From grade 1 to grade 7 he has been the recipient of the Maths trophy at Goodwood Park. In 2016 he received the ATKV trophy for English. He achieved highest honours for reading, poetry and creative writing at the Eistedford. He was the top academic achiever in his school in grade 6 and the second best in grade 7. It is no surprise that this your gentleman was a prefect as well.
Like most good cricketers, Gustav aspires to play for the Proteas one day. He is all too well aware that dreaming it and achieving it is two very different things. Tygerberg Sport will keep a close eye on his development and achievements as he progress in his high school career.