Cricket league ‘still alive’

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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