Wednesday, February 22, 2017
KFC Mini-Cricket kids triumph against Proteas
The Proteas travelled to Northdene Primary School today for the 3rdmatch of the 2016/17 KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour. They took a 2-0 series lead into the game, giving them the opportunity to wrap-up the 4 match series with a win against Northedene’s KFC Mini-Cricket team. The kids however were more than up for the task and with guidance from all-star coach and former Proteas speedster Mfuneko Ngam, they managed to keep themselves alive in the Tour with an easy victory over the Proteas.
The kids won the toss in front of a massive home crowd and elected to bowl. The Proteas got off to a slow start, struggling against the pace of the Northdene opening bowlers. Connor Johnstone was one of the stars for the kids, often foxing his Proteas opponents with his lethal leg spin and sharp fielding. Khaya Zondo attempted to up the run rate, hitting a massive 6 over the commentary box but in the end they could only string together 47 runs in their 8 overs.
Nathan Moore and Nathan Geel opened the batting for the kids and piled on the runs fast with Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi going to the boundary on multiple occasions. Vernon Philander managed to slow the run rate for a short period but in the end it wasn’t enough. The kids put on one of the great performances in the Tour’s 4-year history, cruising to victory with 8 balls to spare.
Ngam was excited by the result and proud of his charges. “The KFC Mini-Cricket kids were brilliant today with both bat and ball. We had a clear game plan which they executed with precision against the world’s top ODI team,” said Ngam. We now have everything to play for next week in the Eastern Cape. We will use this victory as momentum going into the game and I’m sure the kids will have what it takes to level up the series,” he added.
Njabula Mbanjwa was named man of the match on the day. The Proteas batsman struggled with his pinpoint bowling accuracy and lightning speed and only managed 2 runs off his bowling spell.
Proteas bowler, Vernon Philander was impressed by the level of talent in the Northdene KFC Mini-Cricket ranks. “The KFC Mini-Cricket kids played a great game today and put us under pressure from ball 1. They have some really skilled kids in their team – it’s great to see such gifted young players coming through in Kwa-Zulu Natal. If today was anything to go by, we will have a tough task on our hands come the final game next week,” said Philander.
The KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour moves next to the Eastern Cape where the kids from Zamaxolo Junior Secondary School will have the chance to level the series when they take on the Proteas on the famous Khaya Majola Oval in Mthatha.
Mike Middleton, Chief Marketing Officer for KFC South Africa concluded, “The KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour never fails to entertain – after last season’s 2-2 draw, we are once again heading for an exciting finish! Coach Ngam remains unbeaten in the history of the Tour and has done a stellar job assisting us in getting many kids active and closer to their heroes over the past four years. I can’t wait to see what will happen at the Khaya Majola Oval next week.”
KFC Mini-Cricket is played by over 114,000 kids who are coached by nearly 9000 volunteer coaches.
To get your child involved in KFC Mini-Cricket or to volunteer as a coach visit www.kfcminicricket.co.za
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
Kids can enter online (www.kfcminicricket.co.za) or via USSD (*120*7535#)
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