The finals of the third edition of the Street Cricket League were battled out in Harlem and Washington Streets, Langa on Friday, with some hard-fought games requiring inventive fielding as balls were sent into backyards and beyond, and with catches being taken around corners, and off the odd roof.
The two leading teams, Section A’s NY153 (Gugulethu) and Section B’s Mzampsi Street (Khayelitsha) prepared for a face-off in the final, and Mzampsi Street was crowned the 2006 Street Cricket League Champions after the day’s riveting action.
“Old Mutual has been involved for the last few years because it’s such an awesome initiative, it’s been inspiring to see the talent that’s been seen today,” said Sherwin Johnson, Project Manager at event sponsor Old Mutual.
“Old Mutual looks at this as an opportunity to be involved in the communities, being part of the growth and development of our sporting youth, rather than being an out-and-out sports sponsorship.
“An initiative of this nature would be an injustice to cricket in South Africa if it were to remain just in the Western Cape – and with the correct support, Sporting Chance will be able to take this through the rest of South Africa.”
“The more we can encourage the game at this level, leads to the start of players coming through from this level,” commented Vince van der Bijl, Head of High Performance for South African Cricket, and Trustee of Langa Cricket Club.
Andre Odendaal, CEO Western Province Cricket Association, added: “Being here in amongst the kids, seeing and listening to them having fun, it’s just one of the greatest feelings you can have.
“The future of cricket and our country is about the youth, it’s wonderful to see the discipline, the teamwork, and the fun that people are having here.”
After the Award Ceremony, all team members received a burger from Spur Steak Ranches, leaving for home, basking in the memory of glorious shots, great catches, and the prospect of being the winners next year.