TOMORROW, (Tuesday, Decemeber 18) is Morgan Pillay’s 50th birthday. The honorary organising secretary of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola cricket week finds himself in Potchefstroom for the occasion – a long way from his family and home – but that’s the way it has been for the last 20 years in a row and hopes it’s going to be that way for a couple of years still.
December 18th always falls in the middle of South Africa’s biggest schoolboy cricket tournament and Morgan has been passionately involved. First he was part of the organising committee and 17 years ago was made the permanent organising secretary.
“It’s tough being away from home of course,” he says, “but I get to spend my birthday every year surrounded by the many great friends that I have made at this week and in the service of the youth, which is what I am really passionate about.”
Pillay is a Mathematics teacher by profession and is deeply involved in schools and youth cricket in the KwaZulu-Natal Inland region. He has been manager of the South African under-19 team every year since 1995 and, he says, nothing makes him happier than being involved with young people.
He also sees his on-going service as a tribute to his great friend, the late Khaya Majola.
“Khaya always gave me 100% of his attention when I was with him and he gave me so much advice on both cricket and life. The Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week is his living legacy and I am proud to be part of it,” he says.
Morgan Pillay is only the fourth organizing secretary since Coca-Cola came on board 34 years ago. His wish is to get to 21 years of service, but no-one here is betting against him celebrating his 60th birthday at the Khaya Majola in 10 years time..
Meanwhile Boland were still leading Gauteng by lunch time during the competition’s Day 2 by 152/9 (Justin Dill 44 Steven Mcintyre 44/3).
The rest of the results by lunch time were Easterns 198/7 (Wesley Marshall 95 Kamegelo Sereo 15/2) vs North West
Free State 142 all out (Vasili Orros 77 Arno Moolman 20/3) vs SWD 7/0
KZN Inland 194/5 (Dean Robinson 55 Gregory Oldfield 87*) vs Griqualand West
Western Province 157/9 (Jason Smith 67 Craig Kirstin 19/5) vs KZN Coastal
Limpopo 176 all out (Tumi Mangena 65 Wehan Joubert 35/5) vs Mpumalanga 18/2
Eastern Province 174 all out (Thomas Hobson 46 Luus du Plooy 38/4) vs Northerns
Namibia 55 all out (Ngazibini 17/4) vs Border 88/2 (Kirwan Christoffels 35 JJ Smit 28/2)
To access the day’s play you can go onto Cricket South Africa’s FTP site: