Gauteng blind cricketers triumph over KZN

2017-04-18 06:00
 Photo: suppliedMembers of the KwaZulu-Natal Blind Cricket team gear up for the national tournaments.

Photo: suppliedMembers of the KwaZulu-Natal Blind Cricket team gear up for the national tournaments.

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THE Gauteng Blind Cricket team blew away their KZN counterparts in a friendly series at Kingsmead Stadium, Durban recently. This time Gauteng fielded some players who just returned from the World Blind Tournament in India this year.

Gauteng was desperate to put a better­ showing than previous encounters and although the KZN Blind Cricket team included many female players we will not let it be a walk in the park.

The skipper Michael Dlamini, the president of KZN Blind Cricket is very experienced and took part in many national­ tournaments worked hard to prepare the team.

“We also drafted a number of young players into our structures and this was an excellent chance for our youth players to get onto the park. The youngsters in the squad did well and there is plenty of positives for us to take out.

“Unfortunately, will did not feature any players from the South African Blind Cricket team as many of them are now retired. We need to constantly test and challenge ourselves to do better and to prepare this team adequately for the national tournaments.”

The founder of KZN Blind Cricket and former manager of the South African­ blind Cricket team Shane Mahabeer said: “Some talented players have been unearthed and we feel like we are moving in the right direction. He also paid special thanks to the sponsors who assisted in making our tournaments and development programs possible. Our female players have an immense passion for the game and our overall aim is to eventually create a women’s team in the province. Many other countries already have a women’s team and in the near future there will also be a Blind Women’s cricket team World Cup.

“Now Boland Blind Cricket team wants to take us on and this tournament will run from June 16 to 18 with the awareness T20 games being played at Sirpath Grounds, Reservoir Hills, Durban starting at 9am.”

The public are most welcome to watch blind cricketers in action.

They will also have an opportunity to sponsor their old tackies, white pants, bats and gloves for our development team.

Companies can also sponsor Golf Shirts as part of their social responsibility that will carry the companies logo and this will be good advertisement for them.

For further information, contact Shane Mahabeer on 082 491 7207.



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