The Scarborough Cricket Club (SCC) wishes to advise that after completing a comprehensive Cricket Operations Review over the past several months, the SCC Playing Committee has appointed a new Club Coach. SCC is delighted to announce that it has appointed Mr. Hylton Deon (HD) Ackerman as SCC Club Coach for the 2021/22 season.
Educated at Rondebosch Boys High School in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Ackerman played first-class cricket for 15 years including 4 Test Matches for South Africa. A highly talented top-order batsman at Western Province, Ackerman showed his ability to dominate a bowling attack early on. He won his Test call-up against Pakistan in South Africa in 1997-98. In 2001 he was drafted into the squad in Zimbabwe.
At the end of the 2002-03 season he moved to Gauteng (South Africa) where he was appointed captain (he had already led Western Province). During the 2004-05 season, he moved to England to captain Leicestershire. In 2006 under the captaincy of Jeremy Snape, he scored over 1,800 runs in the Championship, including a career-best 309 not out.
He has an impressive CV in coaching and sporting administration including an MBA in Sport (Manchester Metropolitan University), Level III Coaching accreditation in both South Africa and Australia and a Certificate of Competence in Cricket Umpiring from South Africa. He was the Head Batting Coach for the Cricket South Africa High Performance Programme from 2011 – 2016, before moving to Australia.
Since 2017, Ackerman has worked on the international cricket stage as a specialist elite coach with the Namibian and Afghanistan National Cricket Teams, Montreal Tigers (GT20) and was engaged as a consultant to the Indian cricket team. Locally, he coached Guildford Grammar School to their first Darlot Cup in 32 years and worked with Premier League Cricket Clubs Midland Guildford and Wanneroo.
Since 2009, he has worked as an international cricket commentator with ESPN Star, Sunset and Vine, Supersport and IMG, to name a few. SCC President Mr. Brendan Carvalho welcomes HD Ackerman to the Club;
“The Scarborough Cricket Club has a proud tradition of success and developing cricketers capable of progressing to the very highest ranks of our sport. After a comprehensive search for the best possible candidate, the Club is delighted to have a former first-class player and coach of the calibre of HD Ackerman to take on the reins of our Club. He has a passion and skill that all our players and coaching staff will greatly benefit from.
His knowledge of the game is second to none and his ability to develop emerging talent is well documented. We are very confident of his ability to identify and nurture players of all ages at Scarborough and to develop a programme that will see the Club successful at all levels, over the long term. We welcome HD Ackerman to Scarborough and wish him the very best of luck for the season ahead”.
For further information, please call;SCC President: Mr. Brendan CarvalhoMobile: 0431 956 615