Many young girls formed part of the 2000 young cricketers to take part in the annual Bakers Mini Cricket regional festival on Saturday 24 November 2007, at St. David’s Marist Bros, Inanda hosted by the Gauteng Cricket Board.
Even with the rain, the children managed to play two matches, and after the games, the children were treated to entertainment provided by some of the best loved Bakers characters, and some delicious Bakers biscuits.
The festivals are aimed at giving the children an opportunity to compete as well as allowing them to showcase the skills they have learnt in the Bakers Mini Cricket programme.
The Bakers Mini Cricket Programme aims to give all South African children a ‘sporting chance’ by introducing the game of cricket, at grass roots level, to girls and boys of all races and cultures, and from all walks of life.
For most children, the programme is their first opportunity and exposure to the game, and gives them a chance to try their hand at batting, bowling and fielding.
The Bakers Mini Cricket sponsorship has been running for 25 years, and has given rise to some of our South Africa’s most talented cricketers.
Claire Terblanche (prolific WP and Proteas cricketer) started out playing Bakers Mini-Cricket when she was only nine years old, and Johmari Logtenberg (captain – KZN, and Proteas vice-captain) started at age 7, not to mention the new Proteas batswoman Mignon du Preez (Northerns).