Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mthatha school in KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour decider

KFC Mini-Cricket Kids from Lugxogxo Junior Secondary School will host the Proteas in the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour decider at the Khaya Majola Cricket Oval in Mthatha on the 27th March.

Following a thrilling start to the 5th edition of the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour, which has seen the KFC Mini Cricket Kids and Proteas win one match apiece, the outing for both teams in the Eastern Cape is set to is to provide fireworks in the winner-takes-all clash.

The Proteas men and women team will play against the KFC Mini-Cricket kids in what will be considered an away game even though it is within the borders of South Africa, as the kids will have many supporters from their school and some of the neighbouring schools from Mthatha. 

“We are very excited that the tour is sitting at 1-all with the final match being the decider,” said Thabisa Mkhwanazi, Public Affairs Director for KFC South Africa. “At KFC we are fully committed to the development of our country’s young cricketers through the KFC Mini-Cricket programme. It gives us immense joy to see young cricketers receive the opportunity to meet and play against their heroes. I wish the KFC Mini-Cricket kids from Lugxogxo Junior Secondary School all the best of luck in their match against the Proteas. I’m confident they will do us proud.”

On 22 March Protea legend and KFC Mini-Cricket assistant coach, Mfuneko Ngam will facilitate a full training session with the KFC Mini-Cricket kids from Lugxogxo at their school, where he will spend time working on the various skills that the kids will need to take on and go one up against the Proteas.

Ngam believes that the KFC Mini-Cricket programme continues to assist the kids develop their game and expects the KFC Mini-Cricket kids to be well prepared for the match. “This is the third time that the Kei region will host the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas match and in the previous two matches we have been blessed with kids that can play cricket very well. I expect that this time will be no different and that the kids will be well prepared so all I need to do is tweak their game and then encourage them so when they play against the Proteas they can focus on the game and maximise on the opportunity to meet their heroes.”

The KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour is currently sitting at 1-1 overall, with 2 tours having been drawn. This match doesn’t only decide the fate of the 2017/18 series but also decides who will take a 2-1 lead in the tour.

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About the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids v Proteas Tour
For the fifth year KFC will run a national competition where KFC Mini-Cricket kids will stand the chance to play against the Proteas in the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour.
Kids can enter online (www.kfcminicricket.co.za) or via USSD (*120*7535#).
The winners will be rewarded with a prize handover, a full day training session and a game against the Proteas, all assisted by KFC Min-Cricket coaches, Graeme Smith and Mfuneko Ngam.

About KFC Mini-Cricket
KFC Mini-Cricket provides a platform for kids in South Africa to have fun and get active.
KFC Mini-Cricket is the largest grassroots development sports programme in South Africa and is also an essential building block for learning cricketing basics and entrenching a love for the game. 
There are currently over 120 000 kids from over 5078 schools active in the KFC Mini-Cricket programme who are coached by nearly 9268 volunteers.
KFC has sponsored KFC Mini-Cricket since 2010 and in the 2012/13 cricket season KFC became the title sponsor of the KFC T20 Internationals and an associate sponsor of the RAM Slam T20 Challenge.
KFC has recently renewed its Mini-Cricket sponsorship for a further 10 years, taking the partnership through to 2025.
Log on to www.kfcminicricket.co.za or contact CSA at (011) 880 2810 for more info on KFC Mini-Cricket.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hilton College and Grey High School set the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge alight on day 1

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Hilton the Dolphins representatives in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge took on two of the top teams in today’s opening day at Tuks in Pretoria.

In the morning match, Rondebosch were no match for Hilton College.

Hilton bowled tight lines and fielded extremely well to reduce Rondebosch to 60 all out. Never a good enough score especially against a team like Hilton.

The Hilton bowlers all took wickets, John turner 3/13, James Ritchie 2/7, Michael Scalanders 2/14 and Michael Booth 2/9.

Hilton knocked off the score in 7.4 overs with the loss of 2 wickets.

In the Afternoon Hilton played against St Andrews School from Bloemfontein. Coming into the tournament St Andrews, along with Hilton College, were the favourites to take the title.

Hilton started a little slowly and after 10 overs were on 58/1. Soon afterwards Michael Sclanders went out after securing a good base for the team to play off and they then duly opened up as 92 runs came off the last 10.

Gareth Screuder scored 28 off 14 and Michael Booth 21 off 15 to push the total to 150/5 in their 20 overs.

Hilton then put pressure on St Andrews from the first ball with frequent wickets and St Andrews never looked like they were going to chase down the tricky target.

St Andrews were eventually bowled out for 103, 47 runs short despite the efforts of SA U19 and World U19 player Gerald Coetzee who tried hard to chase down the score, finally falling for 33.

Thomas Dixon 3/25, James Ritchie 3/18 and John Turner 2/12 were the chief destroyers.

The wins leave Hilton in a very promising position and they look nearly certain to make the finals.

Grey High School were the only other school to finish the day unbeaten.

In their first game they played against St Albans. Grey batted first and managed 144/9 with LJ du Preez scoring 45, while Jordan Landsberg claimed 4/18 and Harshil Jeeva 3/9 for St Albans.

St Albans tried hard to chase down the total but fell 24 runs short, scoring 120 all out. Nicholas Fowler 3/27 and Eliah Thorne 3/18 took most of the wickets.

Their second game ended up being the game of the day against King Edward VII school from Johannesburg.

KES scored 198 runs in an earlier game against Graeme College and once again scored a large total getting 174/7 in 20 overs. Callum Broodryk top scored with 53 while Grey’s top bowler was Arend Visser who took 3/23.

Grey High then took the attack to KES and initially rattled the Johannesburg side. KES however would not give up and carried on fighting through a brilliant bowling spell from Obakeng Maila who took 3/25 in his 4 overs. Tristan Stubbs played a great captains innings scoring 51 runs off 42 balls, allowing other batsmen to play the big shots. The turning point in the game was in the 16th over. Grey high needed 52 runs to win in 5 overs going into the over. Cody Postumus, known by his team as a big hitter, hit three sixes in the last 3 balls and the team hit 22 runs in the over.

That put Grey on the path to win the match by 6 wickets.

Grey also have a foot in the final, but there is an outside chance that both KES and St Andrews School can still qualify.

Summarised Scorecards:
Morning Matches
King Edward VII School 198/7 (Ambrin Snyders 62, Heinrich Pieterse 54, Bryce Parson 29; Sihle Mginywa 2/47); Graeme College 86 (Jeremy Beyleveld 21, Romario Fritz 16; Reece Botha 3/6, Dylan Fiebiger 2/5, Ian Crawshaw 2/14). King Edward VII won by 112 runs.
Grey High School 144/9 (LJ du Preez 45, Tristan Stubbs 29; Jordan Landsberg 4/18, Harshil Jeeva 3/9); St Alban’s College 120 (Jordan Landsberg 27, Ross Whitelaw 22; Eliah Thorne 3/18, Nicholas Fowler 3/27). Grey High School won by 24 runs.
Rondebosch Boys’ High 60 (Jordan Collier 17; John Turner 3/7, James Rithie 2/7, Michael Booth 2/9); Hilton College 61/2 (James Rithie 29, Michael Schlanders 16*; Michael Moore 2/26). Hilton College won by eight wickets.
Prestige College 67 (Sithembiso Mothise 14; Pheko Moletsane 3/13, JD Bruwer 2/1, Ruan Cronjé 2/7); St Andrews 70/2 (Gerald Coetzee 30*, Henré Koekemoer 25; Kamogelo Mphahlele 1/5). St Andrews won by eight wickets.

Afternoon Matches
Hilton College 150/5 (Robert McGaw 39, Michael Schlanders 33, Gareth Schreuder 28; Gerald Coetzee 2/28); St Andrew's School 103/9 (Gerald Coetzee 33, Calvn Flanegan 22; James Ritchie 3/18, Thomas Dixon 3/25). Hilton College won by 47 runs. 
King Edward VII School 174/7 (Callum Broodryk 53, Bryce Parsons 29; Arend Visser 3/23, Tristan van Breda 2/24); Grey High School 177/4 (Tristan Stubbs 51*, Cody Posthumus 29, Luke Beaufort 29, Tiaan van Vuuren 28, LJ du Preez 27; Obakeng Maila 3/25). Grey High School won by six wickets.
Graeme College 118/5 (Mark Amm 59; Tristan Farrel 2/12); St Alban's College 120/2 (Christopher Williamson 44*, Rein Hulme 39*). St Alban's College won by eight wickets.
Prestige College 105/7 (Koos Motubatsi 28; Aneeq Gamieldien 2/23); Rondebosch Boys' High 106/0 (Lehan Botha 59*, Gabriel Gad 43*). Rondebosch Boys' High won by ten wickets.