Inland schoolboy cricketers in Mauritius

2011-04-08 00:00

TOMMY Hammond, of Tommy Hammond Sports, has taken two KwaZulu-Natal inland U15 invitation cricket teams to Mauritius on what promises to be a most interesting and groundbreaking tour.

“I was approached to organise a cricket tour to Mauritius from April 5 to April 12,” Hammond told The Witness shortly before the team departed for the Indian Ocean holiday island.

Over the past two decades, Hammond has taken age-group cricket teams to England every year, as well as to Australia on occasion, but this is the first time that Mauritius has been added to the calendar.

“The Mauritius cricket authorities are trying really hard to develop and establish their cricket, and this is apparently the first cricket tour to the island,” said Hammond. “I have been asked by Mauritius Cricket to stay on after the tour to assist their boys with some coaching.”

Tommy Hammond Sports is the banner under which Hammond and his staff coach cricket and other sports in Pietermaritzburg and the outlying areas, such as Wartburg.

The two KZN inland U15 invitation cricket teams are represented by 24 boys comprising players from all communities in the region.

They have been chosen from a number of local schools in Pietermaritzburg and the midlands, plus one cricketer from Amanzimtoti.

One beneficiary of a Tommy Hammond Sports overseas cricket tour is KZN Dolphins, Proteas and recent IPL signing David Miller, who presented the boys with their caps at a recent ceremony at Collegians Club, where Hammond does much of his coaching.

“For many of these boys this will be their first-ever cricket tour, never mind an overseas tour, giving them a wonderful opportunity to feel what it is like to be a travelling cricketer,” said Miller, the guest of honour at the function. “And like myself, it will be an invaluable experience that they are unlikely ever to forget.”

The two cricket teams are each playing six matches, comprising of two Twenty20 encounters, two 35-over matches, and two 50-over matches.

The two KZN inland U15 invitation XIs will play against each other plus the Mauritius Select XI in all three formats of the game.

THS TOUR PARTY:

Storm Geldenhuys, Cowan Naidoo, Michael Boucher, Wandile Zuma, Senzokuhle Masikane, Dazar Manjoo, Andrew Moodley (all Carter High School); Gareth Jeary, Kayden McKenzie, Nabeel Khan, Matthew Payn, Hamish Fulton, Dylan MacKenzie (all Maritzburg College); Michael Prinsloo, Matthew Dukes (both St Charles College); Corey Davids (Grace College); Herman Zaayman (Voortrekker); Kalvin Venter (Amanzimtoti High); Lloyd Ramsbottom, Johan Koning, Brandon van Rooyen, Nduduzo Makhathini, Falcon Sanders, Bonga Siyaka (all Wartburg Kirchdorf). Staff: Tommy Hammond (coach), Allan Richerts (umpire), Cindy Hammond (tour co-ordinator).

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