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Written by: Nick Tatham
KZN Cricket Union host successful AGM
Durban – The 26th Annual General Meeting of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket
Union took place at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium last night, with a number of
successes from the past season being highlighted as the union plots its
path forward into the 2019-2020 season.
The meeting was well attended by representatives from all districts,
represented by members from towns as far as Newcastle, Pongola, Empangeni
and Port Shepstone. The President of KZN Cricket Ben Dladla spoke about
the importance of making sure that all the parts involved work together as
“We must continue to work together for the benefit of KZN Cricket and
cricket in South Africa,” he said. “None of us are smarter than all of us
CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom focused on the many positives that
came from the union over the past 12 months which included 12 players
selected to represent South Africa at Protea level and SA Under 19, both
male and female.
The Union was awarded the coveted KZN Sports Federation of the year award
by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation and the flagship side, the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins, reached another final during the past season which
takes the tally for the white ball format to three finals out of the last
The KZN Women’s side won both formats in the B-section and have also
qualified for the top six competition for the following season.
Amongst the junior ranks, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins Cubs, were crowned
national champions for the first time.
The KZN Cricket Union have always been at the forefront of cricket
development country wide and this past season saw the union successfully
realign their Township programme into an RPC/Hubs development programme.
The 2019 Sunfoil KZN DSR Hubs Tournament was a testament to this success
as 15 teams fought it out at Michaelhouse over four days recently, before
being joined by some other provinces for an elite Hub competition.
Strydom also focused on the international season and the matches that were
hosted at Kingsmead. The ground enjoyed good attendances for the limited
overs matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka and was also the venue for
one of the most memorable test matches in South Africa against Sri Lanka.
KZN Cricket was once again given a clean audit and has managed to turn
their financial position into a positive one. It was another season of
good corporate governance and the union scored a 100 percent rating on
Heading into the new season Strydom and his team have got big plans for a
revamp of the facilities at Kingsmead and improved spectator and
stakeholder experiences, under the name ‘Project Kingsmead’. It includes
the upgrading of food vending facilities, relaying of pitches, upgrading
practice facilities and a general upliftment in the quality of service
delivery. It will also focus on making the rich history of this Union
visible for all to celebrate.
The Union also looks forward to the Proteas hosting World Cup winners
England in a One Day International and a T20 International at Kingsmead.
The upcoming season will also see a renewed focus on club cricket and as
part of this the second edition of the Dolphins Premier League.
Strydom thanked the whole family of sponsors and stakeholders that have
made the past season another success and wants to continue the push
towards excellence by all involved.
“We are merely temporary custodians of this beautiful game and we need to
leave it in a better state than what we received it in.”
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President of the KwaZulu-Natal
Cricket Union Ben Dladla addresses all those who were in attendance at the
union's Annual General Meeting on Friday evening at Kingsmead Cricket
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