Street Cricket League Kicks Off

by | Oct 13, 2006

Friday 13th October 2006 sees the start of the newly expanded Street Cricket League for the third year running, now expanded to include two new regions in Cape Town, Gugulethu and Mitchell’s Plain, and also to Mossel Bay communities Kwa Nonqaba, Tarka, and Extension 23.

This expansion is in line with Sporting Chance’s planned expansion throughout the country, a move to take the popular game from it’s birthplace in Langa, Khayelitsha, Elsies River, Nyanga and Manenberg, to the rest of the nation.

Our informal settlements are filled with sports-mad children who want to be involved, and need a place to display their skills without having to travel too far.

Sport has kept these children occupied whilst living in an environment which seldom encourages self-improvement.

The Street Cricket League offers an opportunity for these talented youngsters to have fun and display their skills on the streets where they live.

The wicketkeeper watches the ball disappear after a fine stroke by this batsman. Picture: Sporting Chance

Proteas and Cape Cobras spinner Paul Adams, Patron of Street Cricket, started his cricket carreer on the streets, and had this to say about this years tournament, “ I’m chuffed that Street Cricket is growing annually, and for me to be part of this is a great honour, I look forward to once again being actively involved.”

Cricket is already played in an informal basis in these settlements, so by structuring this into a league system empowering the community to run it themselves – facilitated by Sporting Chance with sponsorship from Old Mutual, Disney Enterprises and Pinnacle Point and in association with Spur Steak Ranches – the entire community gets involved as spectators and supporters.

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The results from each weekends games are collected, and the league will culminate in “regional” finals, (the “regions” being each of the communities) to be played on the 17th of November – with the top team from each “region” then being transported to Langa where the 2006 Street Cricket League Champions will be crowned on the 24th of November.

Added excitement to this year’s league – apart from the expansion to Mossel Bay – is the visit to – and participation of – youngsters from the prestigious Downside School on tour from the United Kingdom – will be in Gugulethu on Friday the 27th of October taking part in the Street Cricket League as part of their tour to Cape Town.

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Dates and Venues of the Street Cricket League 2006.
Every Friday afternoon from 16h00 – 19h00
7 Cape Town Area Regions
1.    Langa
2.    Khayelitsha
3.    Elsies River                         
4.    Nyanga
5.    Manenberg
6.    Gugulethu
7.    Mitchells Plain

3 Regions In Mossel Bay
1.    Kwa Nongqaba
2.    Tarka
3.    Ext 23

For more Information contact:

Brad Bing (Sporting Chance MD): (021) 685 8051 / [email protected]  

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