CENTURION. – Willie Ludick. The mere mention of this name would have sent shivers down the spine of opponents in the 1960’s, as this deeply religious man had a reputation of knocking out all-comers and was the South African lightweight-, welterweight- and middleweight-champion.
His grandson, Willie, will embark on a mission on Thursday to Bangladesh to represent the South African u.19-team at the ICC u.19 World Cup. But opponents should not fear his right hand, batsmen should watch his wrist and his right arm closely, as they can cause havoc when he delivers his deadly Yorkers or slower deliveries.
This former captain of Waterkloof Hoërskool is the complete package, according to Johan Muller, coaching manager of the Northerns Cricket Union. As an all-rounder who bats in the middle-order, he is a particularly good player of spin.
He also uses his accuracy and Yorkers expertly in the so-called death overs.
Muller commends Ludick, and Dean Foxcroft, top-order batsman of Menlopark High School and the South African u.19-team, for their work-ethic. He says both are particularly hard workers who don’t shun the gymnasium or the nets and are committed to reach the top.
Foxcroft has been prolific with the blade the past few years in the Northerns league, and the 17-year old is another all-rounder, who can bowl off-spin apart from being a top-order specialist.
The third member of the Northerns’ representatives in Bangladesh for the u.19 World Cup is Rivaldo Moonsamy. He is a wicketkeeper and middle-order batsman who has been one of the stand-out performers for Northerns in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup campaign.
Moonsamy was a heavy scorer in six first-class games in the 2015/2016-season, having blasted 493 runs at an average of 70.42 for Northerns. His highest score was 122.
Volvo Masubelele, manager of cricket operations of the Northerns Cricket Union, said Moonsamy might be used as an opener in Bangladesh when the ball is harder and conditions are still good. He is a gifted shot-maker who has underlined his class, having moved from schools cricket to semi-professional level without a hiccup or stutter.
Ludick, the grandfather, was a man who once represented South Africa at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. According to www.supersport.com, he once threw 106 punches in 30 seconds while shadow boxing. His fights against Fraser Toweel were the stuff of legends, and he could send champions to the canvass with ease.
Toweel (jr), Foxcroft and Moonsamy will have a different focus winning the knockout-phases on their way to the Junior u.19 World Cup crown like their predecessors did in Dubai in 2014 when Aiden Markram and Corbin Bosch were two of the Northerns-stars who propelled them to the throne.