Umzinto and district: cricket union knocking on dolphins’ door

2011-07-25 00:00

THE Umzinto and Districts Cricket Union (UDCU) held its annual awards function at the town hall on Saturday. The region celebrates 15 years of cricket this year.

Guest of honour was KwaZulu-Natal Cricket president Faeez Jaffa, who said in his address that cricket in Umzinto has grown in the last five years “thanks to the dedication and commitment of passionate and honest administrators”.

Jaffa predicted that Umzinto and Districts — as one of the biggest development regions in the province — will send players to the Dolphins franchise within five years.

Among the big winners for the night were the UDCU U11 team, winners of the Durban and Districts Cricket league, the senior team, Saints Cricket Club, who won the 20/20 tournament and the Premier League, and Park Rynie Cricket Club, winners of the Challenge League and team of the year award.

Saints captain Daryll Govender said the team are very excited about their achievements and they hope to do better next season.

“Our success is due to the hard work and dedication of our players and administrators,” he said.

There were also a number of individual players who stood out during the 2010/2011 season.

Chloe Tyron, who represented South Africa at the 20/20 Women’s Cricket World Cup in the West Indies last year, won individual achievement awards for KZN U19 girls’ player of the season, player selected for KZN and KZN women’s player of the year.

Tyron said, “It all started in Pennington when I was still in school and I am very grateful for the support from my district. I played with boys and against boys so that was very good training for me, but I would like to see more women’s teams because the guys are dominating cricket.”

Prineshan Pillay, who captains the combined schools team, received the award as the player selected for the KZN U17 invitation X1. He was also chosen for the 2011 SA U17 camps week during the July vacation.

“My training in mini cricket has basically got me to where I am,” said Pillay.

Sheldon Govender scooped the accolades for for U15 batsman, bowler and player of the season, and attributed his success to the support system around him.

Asif Essop, president of UDCU said, “As a union we are very proud of all our players, and their success at provincial level allows us to gauge and test that what we are doing here at district level is working. Our cricket is kept alive with the support of local business and individuals who volunteer their time, and the KZNCU.”

Essop said facilities are still a major challenge for the 11 senior teams in the union who do not have our own turf to play on, adding the union and Umdoni Municipality, are looking into a venue.”

Also present at the function were Dolphins captain Imraan Khan and batsman Khaya Zondo. “It is great to be out here once again. It is my second visit to Umzinto and it was a terrific function,” Khan said.

“District cricket creates massive opportunities for up-and-coming players and allows them to graduate to different levels of the game.”

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