THE Umthunzi Cup two-day cricket festival was hosted at Port Shepstone Country Club on September 4 and 5.East Coast Radio broadcasted live from the match, which was also the first professional cricket match on the South Coast.Rudy Steyn, who has been part of the cricket world for 17 years, playing and coaching along with chairperson of the Port Shepstone Country Club and manager of Umthunzi Hotel Ryan Ringo, came up with the idea of bringing cricket on a larger scale to the South Coast. “I have been in the cricket industry for 17 years, playing for the Proteas, coaching the Free State provincial team and being part of the cricket industry for a long time. Ryan and I put our heads together and decided to bring professional cricket to the South Coast. It was unfortunate that many people were unaware of the match, but it was definitely a success, and many locals came out to support the event,” said Steyn. Cricket fanatics filled the surrounding area of the cricket field as the KVB Knights and Hollywood Bets Dolphins took to the cricket pitch where the Knights won the toss and were elected to bat first. The Knights started off well and scored 74 runs in seven overs. The Dolphins performed well on the field and managed to bowl four batsmen out. The KVB Knights finished their innings and dominated with 120/4 after 20 overs. The Dolphins were in early trouble as they lost wickets at regular intervals. With a tough match at hand, the KVB Knights claimed victory in a 19-run win over the Hollywood Bets Dolphins.School pupils and South Coast residents were delighted to meet some of their cricket heroes, among them Andile Phehlukwayo, who is formally from the South Coast. Pupils gathered around him asking him questions which he gladly answered.“We were counting down the days to the cricket match. “T20 cricket is a favourite among many and there are many aspiring cricketers on the South Coast who aren’t given a chance to watch a live cricket match, so this was definitely a special day for many,” said Gareth Frost. During the meet and greet of both cricket teams, some cricketers gave game T-shirts to fans. The Umthunzi Cup was definitely a highlight for many.