Friday, October 30, 2015
Nomandi JSS get kids off to a winning start in Kids vs Proteas opener
Nomandi Junior Secondary School got the KFC mini-cricket kids off to a winnings start when they beat the Proteas by 46 runs in the season’s first KFC mini-cricket Kids vs Proteas tour match at the Khaya Majola Oval in Mthatha on Thursday.
The kids batted first, posting a tournament record 87 runs in their allotted eight overs, in a match that was watched by more than 1,200 mini-cricket players who played in the Kei Provincial festival earlier in the day. The Proteas in attendance were Wayne Parnell, Marchant de Lange, David Wiese, Mignon du Preez, Marcia Letsoalo, Ayabonga Khaka and Zintle Mali.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) Manager: Mass Participation, David Mokopanele was utterly impressed by the turn out for the festival as well as the talent that was on display during the Kids’ match.
“This has to be the best match we have ever watched between the Proteas and any kids’ team and we’re going into the tournament’s third season now,” he said. “Our national team were treated to a truly competitive match with lots of skills and talent on show. We are happy to see that level of attention to detail in children at under-10 stage and we were glad to see them win in the end after putting on such a fine performance.
“The festival itself was also an absolute pleasure to be a part of. Young children who take their game so seriously bode well for the future of the game. To see more than 1 000 enthusiastic and excited cricketers on one field made for an enjoyable day all-round,” Mokopanele concluded.
The Nomandi team were given a private coaching session with former Proteas fast bowler, Mfuneko Ngam in preparation for this match. After seeing them, he felt that they did not need any extra coaching as the team exceeded all his expectations.
“I got to the school expecting to do a bit of coaching, but I was massively impressed by the level of skill displayed by this team,” he commented. “The fielding was sharp and on point, the bowling was second to none for that age group and the batting was exactly as it should be. I told them myself that the Proteas would have their hands full and boy did they.”
Nomandi won the match against the Proteas after they entered the KFC mini-cricket Kids vs Proteas online and SMS competition. Kids can enter online (www.kfcminicricket.co.za) or via USSD (*120*7535#).
About the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids v Proteas Tour
For the third 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
The winners will be rewarded with a prize handover, a training session and a game against the Proteas, all assisted by one of the three KFC Mini_Cricket coaches, Graeme Smith, Neil McKenzie and Mfuneko Ngam.
The runners-up will be given the opportunity to participate as ball boys and girls at a televised Ram Slam T20 Challenge match in their area
Three third place winners will be drawn, each of whom will be awarded with 25 KFC Mini-Cricket sets for their school.
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 110 000 kids from over 4 900 schools active in the KFC Mini-Cricket programme who are coached by over 8000 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