Cricket league ‘still alive’
lesotho’s 2016 seven-team cricket league campaign got underway last weekend, albeit without a sponsor.
according to the league’s publicity secretary, Mosito Mafanti, this season looks promising but would be even better with corporate funding. Bails, Tigers, Lerotholi Polytechnic, NUL Vampires, Linare, Super Kings and Machabeng make the cricket league.
“Cricket is still alive in the Kingdom and our league campaign started last weekend,” Mafanti said.
“this is the fourth year in a row that our league has been able to go ahead despite financial challenges. We have been without a sponsor for two years now, but the teams continue to soldier on.”
Mafanti said their league used to be sponsored to the tune of M20 000 by the Lesotho Cricket Association, but the funding had since stopped due to financial constraints.
“It is tough running the league without sponsorship, but we are doing it for the love of the sport and also to grow the game in our country,” said Mafanti.
“What we are doing for the league to survive is we have asked all the teams make a contribution, which you can call an affiliation fee, to cover the running costs.
“At the same time, we are doing our best to make sure we develop the sport at grassroots level. We want to see cricket being played by our people from a very tender age.
“And for that, we have 18 primary schools with cricket teams in the districts of Butha-buthe, Leribe, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek.”
Mafanti also said some of the teams were recently involved in a tournament held in Soweto, South Africa. Lesotho would also host a tournament next month in Maseru which teams from South africa are expected to attend.
“this is part of our efforts to uplift cricket in lesotho and make sure we exchange knowledge with teams from South africa where the sport is being played at the highest level.”
Bails Cricket Club batsman Mpiti lerotholi and lerotholi Polytechnic Cricket Club wicket-keeper Motebang Ramafole.