Kingsmead: Sharks to take on Dolphins

2012-01-13 00:00

IN the middle of a bumper cricket season, Durban will see a clash of epic proportions come January 22 when the Dolphins take on the Sharks in a Twenty20 match dubbed ‘The Clash of the Kings’.

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead saw cricket action for the first time in 1923. It also hosted the first home test for the South African Cricket team after re-admission into international cricket in 1992. The clash between two of the province’s top professional sports sides, will be another first.

Dolphins vice captain Daryn Smit handed the challenge to Sharks captain Keegan Daniel who accepted it.

Both teams are looking forward to coming together in front of their Durban fans, showing good sportsmanship and having a day of fun with their families.

The obvious question would be how the bulky rugby players would fare in a game where size does not matter, but many players over the years have been talented enough to represent their province in both rugby and cricket.

Many players have had to choose one sport because of the huge demands on professional sportsmen.

Sharks’ assistant coach Grant Bashford said that while both he and Errol Stewart played provincial cricket and rugby at the same time for KwaZulu-Natal, New Zealander Jeff Wilson represented New Zealand in cricket and rugby.

The professionalisation of sport has meant that sportsmen generally have to concentrate on one sporting code.

“This is not to say they can’t enjoy other sporting pursuits for a good cause, all money raised from this cricket match will be donated to charity,” said Bashford.

Similar matches have been hosted across the country before. The annual clash between the Cobras and the Stormers in Cape Town is one of the highlights of the Western Cape’s social calendar. Over the past few years the Stormers have beaten the Cobras at their own game.

“The Pick n Pay Durban Challenge will bring together fans of both cricket and rugby as their respective teams fight for bragging rights in a unique contest,” said Bashford.

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