Ilembe Cricket honoured at KZN awards banquet

2015-06-10 06:01

NEWLY crowned KwaZulu-Natal Challenge League (Stream Two) champions Ilembe Cricket was honoured at a glamourous KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union awards banquet held at the Jaipur Palace in Durban North recently.

Guest of honour at the banquet, Oregan Hoskins (president of the South African Rugby Board) congratulated all winning teams and complimented individual awardees on their outstanding achievement during the 2014/2015 season.

In his address, Hoskins highlighted the transformation of South African sports and challenges in particular rugby and cricket.

He attributed the main obstacle in the transformation of sport to reflect the demographic of our rainbow nation is the lack of participation of approximately 95% of South African schools in both cricket and rugby.

He stressed the importance of sport at grass-root level, giving all learners from primary and secondary schools an opportunity to play cricket at an early age in the hope of transforming our national cricket team.

Manager of the Ilembe Cricket outfit, Naren Singh said: “The Ilembe Cricket Union celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and our lads have done Ilembe and the sporting community of KwaDukuza proud by clinching the KZN Challenge League Stream Two title and emerging runners-up in the Twenty-20 K.O. Cup final held at Kingsmead”.

Singh commended the entire Ilembe squad for fulfilling their resolution at the beginning of the 2014/2015 season to capture the KZN Challenge League Stream Two and gain promotion into the KZN Challenge League Stream One in the 2015/2015 season.

Ilembe’s prolific batsman Alveiro Nadasen walked tall at the awards banquet, scooping the batting accolade in the KZN Challenge League Stream Two.

He thanked the president of Ilembe Cricket Union, Aboo Ismail for his support throughout the season, local groundsman for the preparation of the pitch at both Country Club and Gledhow Ground, Rivashen Singh for his immaculate scoring during the matches at home and away and for the submission of match report forms to KZN Cricket Union every Monday and Iresh Hemraj for his valuable contribution in making the season a successful one.

Singh said: “Our vision for the 2015/2016 season is to assemble an elite squad to start training early in preparation for the challenges in the highly competitive KZN Challenge League Stream One, which is the stepping stone to the KZN Premier League”

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