Friday, November 1, 2013

Belvue Primary School wins a KFC Mini-Cricket kids vs Proteas Tour match

Lana Knipe is the second winner in the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour competition. Entering on behalf of her friend, Wilma Jones, Lana’s success now means that a KFC Mini-Cricket team from Belvue Primary School will take on the Proteas on the 5th of November, in the third match of the exciting seven match tour.

Mother of three, Wilma Jones, encouraged all of her friends and family to enter the competition to increase her chances of winning and Lana was one of many who acted upon the request. Her link to KFC Mini-Cricket extends further than just entering. Her brother Grant used to coach KFC Mini-Cricket at Kenwyn Primary, and the interest in the game has been with her family ever since. A cricket and football lover, Lana’s favourite player is Rory Kleinveldt, a Proteas fast bowler who is also a star in her favourite local team, the Cape Cobras.

Other than getting a little help from her friends, Wilma entered so many times that she lost count, but it was all worth it in the end as her dream of providing her son Jesse with the chance to play against his cricketing heroes, came through in the end.

Jesse’s interest in cricket has increased this year by getting active with KFC Mini-Cricket and he has developed into a promising young batsman. Wilma has high hopes that he will one day become the next Jacques Kallis, Wilma’s favourite player.

Wilma firmly believes in getting involved in her kids school lives, and is thrilled with how this match will help Belvue Primary School get some great recognition within the junior game, and provide a group of youngsters something that they will never forget for the rest of their lives.

As in the Bloemfontein match, this will be the first time the Proteas will field a mixed team in Cape Town. This is nothing new for the KFC Mini-Cricket teams as both boys and girls frequently get active together in KFC Mini-Cricket matches. Whilst the female Proteas have been experiencing steady progress on the world stage, these matches will showcase how through all levels of the game, cricket in South Africa accommodates absolutely everyone.

The Proteas team for the day, as expected, is a strong one made up of Proteas Women Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Moseline Daniels and Alexis Le Breton and Proteas Men Alviro Petersen, Rory Kleinveld, Thami Tsolekile and Farhaan Behardien. All players that were once also young kids getting active through the game, who have now gone on to make the most of their abilities.

The players in the KFC Mini-Cricket team will be announced on the day, but two new coaches have been brought in at Belvue Primary so the chosen players can get all the expertise and preparation they need. With the Proteas currently leading 2-0 in the 7 match tour series, the KFC Mini-Cricket kids know that this match is a must win to get them back into contention against their professional opposition.

Joining Wilma and Lana on the 5th of November, will be a whole host of supporters made up of the various kids and family members aligned to the Belvue Primary School. Local support bases like this have been a tremendous element of the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour to date, and certainly goes a long way in getting more and more South African’s active through a game we all love.

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