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2016-09-27 06:00
St Augustine Cricket Club is celebrating their 117th anniversary and they are happy that despite the challenges that the club has faced they are growing from strength to strength.

St Augustine Cricket Club is celebrating their 117th anniversary and they are happy that despite the challenges that the club has faced they are growing from strength to strength.

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Saint Augustine Cricket Club in Elfindale is celebrating its 118th anniversary.

The club was founded on 3 September 1899 by the Reverend Sidney Warren Lavis when he suggested a cricket club be started to deal with the youth of the time and named it after the St Augustine’s Theological College in England where he completed his studies.

“Since then ‘Saints’, as the club is affectionately known, has survived many turbulent political times, having been forced to move from its original home in Green Point to the Cape Flats. With a big support base from the community, the club has gone from strength to strength,” says club secretary Natasha Petersen.

Some of St Augustine’s most accomplished members include the late Basil D’ Oliveira (represented England 1967-1972) and Paul Adams (represented South Africa 1995-2004). Saints has over 150 active members, including a women’s team, a junior division and a mini-cricket.

This season they are looking forward to fielding six senior men’s teams along with a women’s team and an ever-flourishing youth division.

“The youth division remains an essential and important part of the club with the senior teams now benefiting from this with many of our former juniors making an impact at senior level,” says Petersen. “The start of any new season brings with it that sense of expectation and excitement and this season is no different. In our last season we focussed on our continuing need to evolve and adapt and this season will be no different,” says Petersen.

The club also faces some challenges, with the tough economic climate making it more difficult to secure financial support from the business sector. “This has a direct knock-on effect on our ability to maintain and develop our grounds to offer the community better facilities. The club also suffered a number of acts of vandalism, burglary and theft over the past year,” she says.

As they strive to improve their facilities they require essential funding to provide this. “If you would like to offer your time or services in any way, together we can ensure that we reach our goals of further developing our club, its members and facilities.”

V Celebrate at an anniversary buffet dinner at the Village Buffet on Thursday 29 September at 20:00. Tickets are R200. WhatsApp Leaveil on 071 896 1811.

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