Mini-cricket kids teams ready for ‘Proteas Tour’

2017-10-13 06:00

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.

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