We don’t like cricket, we love it

2017-11-01 06:01
Knights player Pite van Biljon shows Darwin Diphokoja of the Venus Primary School how to bowl.

Knights player Pite van Biljon shows Darwin Diphokoja of the Venus Primary School how to bowl.

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Hundreds of mini-cricketers from Northern Cape schools braced the cool weather on Friday (27/10) to participate in the KFC Mini-Cricket Provincial Festival held in Kimberley.

It was an exciting day for all the young cricketers as they got an opportunity for their talent to be nurtured on a professional cricket pitch such as the Diamond Oval – a stadium where many professionals are made.

The day saw Knights player Pite van Biljon interacting with the young players. He also shared a few tricks with them to improve their game.

According to KFC’s co­ordinator in the Northern Cape, Anthony Mabuya, the festival meant the beginning of greater things for many of the youngsters as there were scouts on the pitch who had to identify 80 potential players to become part of a Northern Cape u.11 team.

“This is where it all starts. This is where a player like Reeza Hendricks played at the beginning of his cricket career,” Mabuya said.

To Mabuya, the highlight of this year’s festival was the fact that more schools from other districts were participating this year. There were also learners with special needs taking part in the KFC Mini-Cricket Festival.

The school that came the farthest was from Springbok. They travelled at least 800 km to attend the event.

The school’s cricket coach, Gershwin Shauboya, said they left Springbok at three in the morning to be in Kimberley on time.

“Even though we are still a bit tired we are proud to be among the many learners to get this kind of platform,” he said.

The learners from Springbok, however, did not show any signs of fatigue and used the opportunity to display their cricket skills to the best.

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