Inland face United in ‘Battle of the Balls’

2013-01-09 00:00

THE Maritzburg United footballers and the KZN Inland cricketers will be involved in a fun battle of leather on willow when they meet in a cricket match with a difference at the Maritzburg Oval at 6 pm on Friday.

The unique cross-code challenge will be a test of the all-round ball skills of both teams’ players in the first episode of a two-part series which has been dubbed the “Battle of the Balls”.

This time it’s the Inland lads who will be in a familiar environment in this cricket clash and it will be the turn of the Maritzburg United footballers to get to grips with the unfamiliar bat and ball at the Harry Gwala Stadium up the road.

But the second part of the challenge, on a date still to be arranged at the Harry Gwala Stadium, still awaits the Inland cricketers when they tackle the Maritzburg United lads in a football match.

Most natural sportsmen spent many hours as children playing all sports, so soccer or cricket won’t be unfamiliar for the likes of KZN Inland cricket captain Kyle Nipper, who used to play soccer for Savages Football Club in PMB as well as at Scottsville Primary School, and Maritzburg United’s Michael Morton, who is no slouch with bat and ball.

The “Battle of the Balls” is the brainchild of KZN Inland Cricket Union president Yunus Bhamjee, who broached the subject with Maritzburg United marketing manager Younis Kadodia.

“Cricket and football are arguably the KZN capital’s two most active sporting codes and it seemed a good idea to inject a bit of fun into the professional sporting arena,” said Bhamjee.

“We urge the Maritzburg public to come out and support their teams in what should be a fun-filled evening for the whole family.” A nominal entry fee will be charged for the match, which will start at 6 pm on Friday.

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