THE fifth edition of the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour is set to begin this summer and will see the Proteas pitted against three KFC Mini-Cricket teams across the country.In the 2016/17 season the three all-star KFC Mini-Cricket assistant coaches — Graeme Smith, Neil McKenzie and Mfuneko Ngam — led the schools that won opportunities to play against the Proteas to a two-all series tie.Former Proteas captain Smith believes that this year the KFC Mini-Cricket team will build on the success of the previous season in getting one up on the Proteas.“In the previous instalment of the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour, the team closed out a tightly contested match and managed to draw the series,” said Smith.Proteas batting all-rounder Farhaan Behardien hinted that there’s great excitement within the Proteas camp for yet another opportunity to play against the KFC Mini-Cricket team.“With every KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour, there has been great improvement on some of the talent on display. This really pays homage to the KFC Mini-Cricket programme as an inspirational grassroots initiative,” said Behardien. KFC Mini-Cricket has grown into one of the leading grassroots programmes in South Africa.The programme saw 120 000 children from over 5 078 schools across South Africa taking part in over 22 000 cricket matches in the 2016/17 season.KFC Public Affairs director Thabisa Mkhwanazi said: “Every season has been bigger and better than the previous, and this time around it won’t be any different.“With the launch of the fifth season of the KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour, we encourage teams to enter and stand a chance to play against our cricketing heroes.”KFC runs a nationwide competition to select their teams whereby the three entering schools will be drawn and will be given the chance to pit their KFC Mini-Cricket teams against the mighty Proteas.Three spots are up for grabs. Step up to the crease and give your school the chance to take on their heroes, the Proteas.Dial *120*7535# or visit www.kfcminicricket.co.za now to enter. — Supplied.