Saints win inaugural Basil D’Oliviera title

2016-12-06 06:01
St Augustine’s u.17 cricket team won the inaugural Basil D’Oliveira school cricket festival in Elfindale on Friday after three days of T20-style games.

St Augustine’s u.17 cricket team won the inaugural Basil D’Oliveira school cricket festival in Elfindale on Friday after three days of T20-style games.

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St Augustine’s u.17 cricket team was crowned the champion of the inaugural Basil D’Oliveira school cricket festival in Elfindale on Friday.

It has been desribed as a fitting “fairytale ending” as St Augustine is the very club the legendary D’Oliviera hailed from.

St Augustine’s closet challenger, Durbanville Cricket Club, made it an exciting race to the end.

In the final played at the Basil D’Oliveira Oval, 87 runs in St Augustine’s allotted fifteen overs was enough to secure the club’s victory over a strong Durbanville side.

The u.17 festival took place over three days and saw teams from Langa, Strandfontein and Victoria cricket clubs compete in a T20-style knock-out format.

“I was very pleased to see the level of determination and skill shown by so many young cricketers from the Cape Flats. This bodes well for the future of cricket development,” says Hylton Mitchell, the organiser of the tournament on behalf of Community Orientated Policing Support (Cops).

The tournament is set to become an annual feature on the Western Province Cricket Association’s programme.

Beresford Williams, WPCA president, promises more will be done to support the growth of this cricket festival in the future.

“We were delighted to see the tournament take off with such enthusiasm with the participating clubs in honour of the great Basil D’Oliveira,” says Beresford.

At a cocktail function held on the evening of the final day of the tournament, Suzette Little, Mayco member for social development, explained how important it was that her department supported initiatives that take young people off the streets and onto the playing fields.

“We as the City of Cape Town are determined to invest in the future of our city and this event will be something we look forward to supporting into the future,” she said at the dinner.

The festival organisers say they hope the tournament will become an attractive cricketing event for all young sport-loving people as they find inspiration in D’Oliveira’s own story of determination and courage.

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