Cricket lads display oomph

2018-10-18 06:00
The West Indies took on South Africa in the Gary Kirsten Foundation under-13 cricket sixes tournament on Friday.

The West Indies took on South Africa in the Gary Kirsten Foundation under-13 cricket sixes tournament on Friday.

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The Gary Kirsten Foundation hosted an under-13 cricket sixes tournament in Khayelitsha last Friday in the grounds of Masiphumelele Primary School.

Masiphumelele, Impendulo and Sivile primary schools with Siphamandla Secondary School took part in the tournament.

The schools were mixed and each team had to choose the name of a cricket playing nation for the benefit of the tourney, thus, South Africa, Australia, West Indies and India.

The 36 players included three girls per team.

The final was between South Africa and the West Indies.

South Africa won the game by 40 runs after they made 80 not out, while the West Indies made 40/1 in their six overs.

South African bowler Sinelethu Yaso, 13, said she was happy that her team had reached the finals.

She loves cricket, she said, and she hopes to take her playing further.

“I would love to represent the province and the South African women’s cricket team one day,” said Yaso.

She added that she loves bowling because she looks up to former Protea fast bowler, Morne Morkel.

West Indies player Lindani Mbenya said it took a lot of hard work during training, which saw them in the finals.

“I’m happy that we made it this far, it shows the effort and hard work we put during training,” he said.

Kirsten said the tournament is a wonderful opportunity for the young players to put their skills to the test.

He said it is exciting to bring cricket to the township because there is a lot of talent.

“It is lovely to come and watch the talent of these young players from the township and the sport is growing as well,” said Kirsten.

The foundation’s head coach Sivuyile Mfunelwa said most of the players have never played in a big event like the tournament before.

He added that the tournament provides important game time for the players to test and execute the skills they learned and practiced during the winter off season.

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