Young cricketer excels

Young Amr Williams receives his bowler of the tournament trophy.
Young Amr Williams receives his bowler of the tournament trophy.

A young Observatory cricketer’s brilliance with the ball greatly contributed to his team winning the Joya u.12 T20 Cricket Tournament in Somerset West recently.

Amr Williams took 13 wickets at an average run rate of 3.3 runs per over and was crowned bowler of the tournament.

The Primrose Cricket Club u.12 captain’s performance has been hailed by team manager, Saadiq Williams.

According to Williams, Amr started playing cricket as soon as he was able to hold a ball. This was all thanks to his uncle, Muneer Holmes, who represented Western Province as an opening batsman from u.13 to u.19 and played club cricket for United Cricket Club and Ottoman Cricket Club.

“Amr has a passion for cricket and envisages himself as representing his country as a Protea one day. He knows that talent alone won’t get him there and is working hard to improve not only his technical skills but all round fitness as well,” says Williams.

A Grade 5 learner at Tamboerskloof Primary School, the all-rounder also attends RJ’s School Of Cricket, run by Rushdi Jappie, to not only hone his on-field skills but also assist with his mental game.

Meanwhile, Williams attributes the team’s convincing victory to “brilliant team and individual performance”.

The team emerged undefeated in the three-day tournament, winning all their matches with bonus points.

Batsman Abdus Aziz also excelled with stats of 158 runs, an average of 39.5 and a strike rate of 119.7.

When Primrose lost their quality all-rounder Thaafier Japha, who was rushed from the field on the Friday to Vergelen Hospital, the boys showed they are all heart as well, Williams boasts.

He says the team arrived at the hospital after the prize-giving ceremony and Japha was all smiles when they presented him with the Champions Trophy.

“This inspiring display of camaraderie and compassion, together with a great display of skill and determination, proved enough to clinch the trophy, and will also go a long way to encourage other cricketers on the Cape Flats to develop and strive to reach their goals,” says Williams.

Ottomans crushed any hope of the trophy crossing the borders, by defeating the Namibian national team to set up an all Cape Flats final.

“The boys not only displayed great batting skill, but also showed good execution of their bowling plans, backed up by great fielding and wicket keeping,” adds Williams.

V Primrose Cricket Club hosts the Hub with coaching sessions taking place at Loch Road, Kenilworth, from Monday to Thursday from 14:00 to 18:00, for boys and girls eight to 19 years at no charge, sponsored by Cricket South Africa and Standard Bank.

A young Observatory cricketer’s brilliance with the ball greatly contributed to his team winning the Joya u.12 T20 Cricket Tournament in Somerset West recently.

Amr Williams took 13 wickets at an average run rate of 3.3 runs per over and was crowned bowler of the tournament.

The Primrose Cricket Club u.12 captain’s performance has been hailed by team manager, Saadiq Williams.

According to Williams, Amr started playing cricket as soon as he was able to hold a ball. This was all thanks to his uncle, Muneer Holmes, who represented Western Province as an opening batsman from u.13 to u.19 and played club cricket for United Cricket Club and Ottoman Cricket Club.

“Amr has a passion for cricket and envisages himself as representing his country as a Protea one day. He knows that talent alone won’t get him there and is working hard to improve not only his technical skills but all round fitness as well,” says Williams.

A Grade 5 learner at Tamboerskloof Primary School, the all-rounder also attends RJ’s School Of Cricket, run by Rushdi Jappie, to not only hone his on-field skills but also assist with his mental game.

Meanwhile, Williams attributes the team’s convincing victory to “brilliant team and individual performance”.

The team emerged undefeated in the three-day tournament, winning all their matches with bonus points.

Batsman Abdus Aziz also excelled with stats of 158 runs, an average of 39.5 and a strike rate of 119.7. When Primrose lost their quality all-rounder Thaafier Japha, who was rushed from the field on the Friday to Vergelen Hospital, the boys showed they are all heart as well, Williams boasts. He says the team arrived at the hospital after the prize-giving ceremony and Japha was all smiles when they presented him with the Champions Trophy.

“This inspiring display of camaraderie and compassion, together with a great display of skill and determination, proved enough to clinch the trophy, and will also go a long way to encourage other cricketers on the Cape Flats to develop and strive to reach their goals,” says Williams.

Ottomans crushed any hope of the trophy crossing the borders, by defeating the Namibian national team to set up an all Cape Flats final.

“The boys not only displayed great batting skill, but also showed good execution of their bowling plans, backed up by great fielding and wicket keeping,” adds Williams.

V Primrose Cricket Club hosts the Hub with coaching sessions taking place at Loch Road, Kenilworth, from Monday to Thursday from 14:00 to 18:00, for boys and girls eight to 19 years at no charge, sponsored by Cricket South Africa and Standard Bank.

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