About Designer Sport
Roger Moult is our Sport Project Partner, handling all sport activities, except Karate. Roger is well known and respected in the local Cricket, Hockey, Golf and School Sport communities.
As a schoolboy, Roger was Captain of Kimberley Boys’ High, and also played for the Griquas Provincial Side while still at school. Next he was Captain of Rhodes University, and then played for Border Provincial Side whilst teaching at Selborne College in East London. He then moved to the UK to play cricket for Burridge Cricket Club in the Hampshire League.
During these years, Rog also played provincial hockey, for Griqualand West, Eastern Province and Border.
A series of knee injuries in 1983 put paid to Roger’s ideal of pursuing a career in cricket, and he returned to SA and to start his new career in Sales and Marketing, in Cape Town, where he joined Cape Town Cricket Club (CTCC) to Captain their First Team in the early 90’s. Roger was also Chairman and Director of Cricket for this prestigious club for many years. He was acknowledged for his service to the club by receiving Life Membership in 1995 and in 2016 received the Presidents Trophy for excellent service to CTCC over many years.
Rog still plays cricket at CTCC, but for the more sedate elder Friendly team. And, he has just (2016), ended a term as Chairman of CTCC. He now serves as “Special Projects Organiser” and Captain of the “CTCC Over 50 Team”, and also arranges Club tours for matches against local teams.
Amazingly, Roger somehow finds time between his Marketing Occupation, Designer Tour Activities, and Cricketing Activities to play regular golf at Westlake Golf Club. And, true to form, he organises the tours for the Falcons Golf Society.
Bespoke Cricket, Hockey and Golf Tours
Designer Tours, under Roger Moult’s direction, arranges Cricket, Hockey and Golf Tours for Schools, Academies and Clubs. The tours arranged are both for outgoing groups from SA, and groups coming in to SA.
These are all “Bespoke” Group Tours, which are created exclusively for the requesting entity, and are not publically marketed. As such, the itineraries and fare details are private to the entities for whom the tours were created.
Fares include flights, transport, accommodation, admissions, insurance and of course, the reason for the tour – the games to be played. Also included are Breakfasts, and most Dinners. Except for Match Day lunches, lunches are not included in the Tour Fares.
We have longstanding relationships dating back to Roger’s sporting activities in the UK. We also have loyalty relationships with USA and UK hotels, theatres, museums and other suppliers, as a result of our School Tours (see “Schools”). The tour facilities and the matches played are based on services provided, or “connections” established for us, by these relationships.
The Annual Matjiesfontein Cricket Tour
The founder of Matjiesfontein (affectionately known to all as “Matjies”), James Douglas Logan, motivated the first three Cricket Test Matches in South Africa (1889-1896), and also the first two Test Matches against England in the UK (1889 & 1901).
He also organised three Cricket Matches featuring England against invitation SA teams at Matjies (1896, 1899, 1901).
As a mark of respect for the historic cricket importance of the matches which took place between these English and South African teams at Matjies, and the fact that James Logan was instrumental in motivating cricket matches against England from the very beginning, we annually travel to Matjies to play the “Matjiesfontein English-SA Cricket Celebration Match”.
The game is played by invited English and South African players, and takes place on exactly the same pitch on which the actual matches took place.
As part of the proceedings, Dr Dean Allen, author of “Empire, War and Cricket”, escorts all on a walkabout of the village, and presents a slide history covering James Logan and Matjiesfontein’s relationship with cricket in SA. www.deanallen.co.za
History of Events
James Douglas Logan was an emigrant Scotsman who was shipwrecked en route to Australia. Employed as a railway porter at Cape Town Station, he quickly rose to the rank of Superintendant of Railways in the Cape Province, and went on to became one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the Province. He was also a cricket enthusiast, and was the initiator and organiser behind the first English Teams to play in South Africa. He founded Matjiesfontein in 1884, and built the Lord Milner Hotel in 1898.
History of James Douglas Logan
Cricket At Matjiesfontein
The early English teams played three matches at Matjies and George Lohman, a player thought by some to be the best Cricketer in English Cricket history, is buried at the Graveyard close to Matjies, were he spent the last three years of his life – a victim of tuberculosis.
During the Boer War, Matjiesfontein was a rest and recuperation base for the English troops, and during this time a cricket match took place between an invitation “English Team” and an invitation “South African” team.
Suite N2018 – Newlands Cricket Ground
Western Province Cricket Association controls all activity at Newlands Cricket Ground, and since 2015 Designer Tours has operated Suite 208 on a rolling annual contract with WPCA.
To state that this is in fact the best suite available at Newlands, would not be an exaggeration. It is located one level up from ground, and its views are directly in line, straight down the pitch. This view of the pitch, plus the scenic views of the Back-Table Mountains, to the right of the Grandstand on the opposite side of the field, cannot be bettered by any other suite at Newlands.
Designer Tours offers Tickets to the Suite to individuals, or to entities who take all 24 seats available. The cost of the seats varies, depending on the rate levied to us by the Western Province Cricket Association. And their rate depends on the importance of the game or event to be viewed.
Our Tickets include both admission to Newlands Cricket Ground, and to our luxury suite, which features a comfortable cushioned chair per supporter. In the suite is a large flat screen TV which ensures that no action is missed.
Refreshments served in our suite are included in the Ticket cost, and are defined, depending on the hours of the match, as ‘Reception”, “Snacks”, “Tea”, “Bar” and either “Lunch” or “Dinner”.
“Reception” is defined as: drinks and snacks, including MCC (Methode Cap Classique – local SA Champagne), presented on arrival in the suite.
“Lunch” or “Dinner” is defined as: a three course light meal.
“Bar” is defined as: a tended bar serving local beverages either at no additional charge, or at normal bar-lounge rates.
“Tea” is defined as: a traditional afternoon tea service.