KZN Inland U13 side look best prepared

2012-11-27 00:00

ON Sunday the capping ceremony of all the KZN Inland youth sides was held at the Pietermaritzburg Oval. It was meant to be during the lunch break of the Momentum Cup game between the Dolphins and the Knights, but as usual, wet conditions stopped the Dolphins play.

Five age group teams were awarded their KwaZulu-Natal Inland colours, with the U13, U15, U17 and both the girls and boys U19 teams capped ahead of the various schools’ tournaments during the early part of the upcoming December holidays.

President of KZN Cricket, Fa-eez Jaffer, President of KZN Inland, Yunus Bhamjee and CEO of KZN Inland, Tracy Elliott, were all on hand to do the cap presentations and congratulate the young players.

The U13 team is probably the best prepared at this stage, as they were selected ahead of the other teams and played in a triangular tournament with Free State and Griqualand West.

Inland lost against both, but coach Rohan Irons said that after a tentative first game against Free State they showed good improvement against Griquas.

They have been having regular net practices and were due to have a practice match against Coastals U13, but it was washed out.

Irons is hoping to shortly confirm another practice game.

He has named the captain, Scott Steenkamp from Merchiston and Brad Sherwood who is at St Charles as vice captain. They still have two weeks to prepare for the week which begins on December 8 in the Boland.

Unfortunately no details were obtainable from Darren Mortimer, the U15 coach. They begin their week in Durban on December 8.

With school exams being written at present the U17 coach Ismail Kajee has not yet been able to get the side together. They have a training camp at the end of next week and then a two-day match at Eston against the Mynahs XI.

The captain will only be named after the training camp. They will travel to Cape Town for their week starting on December 12.

The U19 squad had a good training session on Saturday morning before the capping ceremony and they will travel to Bloemfontein to take on Free State in a practice game.

Last Friday they had a match against UKZN and coach Shane Gaffney said they performed well.

With the Coca Cola Khaya Majola Week starting on December 16 in Potchefstroom and games to come, they should be well prepared.

The two three day games should give the batsmen two batting opportunities in each and the bowlers will have plenty to do.

The first of these is against Free State in Bloemfontein over this coming weekend from November 29-30 and December 1.

The second is against Coastals under 19 from December 7-9.

They then have a training camp on the 11 and 12 December which will include a game against the KZN Inland senior team.

Some of the bigger unions choose a squad from which the final 13 will be selected, at the end of the first term.

They have regular practices through the winter to ensure that the team selected is the best possible one.

Inland selections at present are one of the last to be made and this does limit practices as during the exam period it is always difficult to get the whole team together particularly if travel is involved.

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