Township & Rural Cricket Development
Tournament ready to go
Hilton College - It’s all systems go for the 11th edition of the KZNCU,
DSR and Sunfoil Township and Rural Cricket Development Schools’
Tournament which will take place in the KZN Midlands from July 5th to
The tournament will feature an impressive twenty four teams from
Kwazulu-Natal, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape and
for the first time ever, Lesotho.
A contingent of four hundred - including U15 and U19 cricketers,
coaches, selectors, scorers, umpires and other personnel - will be based
at Hilton College for the duration of tournament. Most fixtures will
take place at the school, whilst others will be played at the
Pietermaritzburg Oval and the Weston Agricultural College in Mooi River.
Both, fifty over, and T20 games will be played.
“We have come a long way since 2008, when we had only ten townships from
the eThekwini district competing against one another in Durban,” said
Sanelisiwe Kuzwayo, KZNCU Township and Rural Development Manager.
“Accommodation was not provided for the teams and they had to travel to
and from the fields each day.”
Kuzwayo attributes the exponential growth of the tournament to a
generous injection of funds from its sponsors, namely Sunfoil, the KZN
Department of Sport and Recreation, Sports Development Trust and others.
“We have also made Hilton College – with its breathtaking setting and
top class facilities – our home of choice, making the tournament all the
more exciting for participants.”
Heinrich Strydom, the chief executive officer of the KZNCU echoed
Kuzwayo’s sentiments: “An event like this will not be possible without
the support of incredible partners,” he said.
“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Sunfoil for their
continued commitment to this incredible event, and I would also like to
sincerely thank the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation for helping
us spread the game of cricket to all corners of our beautiful province.
"Thank you also to all other partners who continue to assist the KZN
Cricket Union in achieving its vision of trying to make cricket
accessible to all people in KZN.”
“My wish is that every player will embrace this opportunity and use it
as a stepping stone towards greater things. To all the officials
including the coaches, team managers, umpires and scorers, may you use
this event to serve our beautiful game and to inspire our future stars.”
Sandile Hlongwa, who is a selector at this year’s tournament, has been
involved in every edition to date. “It has changed dramatically since
inception,” he said.
“The level of competitiveness and the standard of playing has improved
greatly and our KZN township and rural teams have become better and
better with time.”
The cricketers participating in the tournament are excited to be part of
it, he added. “It is quite an occasion for them, and something for them
to look forward to. Getting to play at the best of available facilities
is a huge plus point.”
Eight KZN township and rural teams will feature in the tournament and
cricketers representing them will be hoping to impress a team of twelve
selectors will be on the lookout for exceptional talent to include in
the township and rural development programme’s elite squad.
The squad benefits from high performance training, fixtures against
traditional cricketing schools and constitutes a base from which talent
is identified for provincial trials and possible scholarships at premier
In fact, two of the latest additions to the South African U19 team,
Mondli Khumalo and Thamsanqa Khumalo featured in the tournament not so
long ago, and Andile Mokgakane who represented the country at the U19
World Cup in New Zealand last year, will be there this week, captaining
the Esikhaleni U19 team.
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