On Tuesday 11 November, the Cape Times reported that the 13-year-old had smashed a magnificent 202 runs off 103 balls for the Northern Bears Cricket Club against Pinelands Cricket Club in Cape Town. His father, Louis, believed his son could well have been the youngest South African to score a double century, however even cricket statistician extraordinaire Andrew Samson could not confirm whether or not it was a record. It appears that records of the sort have not be maintained and it has been difficult to track down who is officially the youngest South African to achieve the feat.
One of the worlds most swashbuckling batsmen of all time, Herschelle Gibbs, caught wind of the story and tweeted to his 293 000 followers that the Grundlingh’s feat reminded him of a double ton he had scored at the age of 12. Gibbs’ tweet was posted in an article on News 24 along with the information that current Proteas women’s captain notched up a double century in 2002 when she was an under-13.
While the young Paarl Gimnasium pupil’s effort is remarkable, it would appear that it is more than likely not a record, however if his name is being mentioned in the same breath as Gibbs’, one would doubt that the youngster is too disappointed.
In early October this year, 14 year-old King Edward VII (KES) pupil Callum Broodryk scored a double hundred for the Old Edwardians club in Johannesburg placing him in the elite company of Kevin McKenzie and Dane Vilas (click here).
Grundlingh may well be one of the youngest to score 200 in South Africa, however the most famous 13-year-old cricketer in world cricket has to be Englishman AEJ Collins. Collins holds the record for the highest individual score in the history of cricket, that of 628 not out scored in a junior house match at Clifton College in Bristol (England).