Set­tler sides square up for day of cricket

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT - Neale Em­slie

EIGHT teams from Set­tler stock will gather for a duel on the vil­lage green to­mor­row when the 20th edi­tion of the Salem Set­tler Fam­ily six-a-side takes place at the coun­try club about 20km from Gra­ham­stown.

First played in 1979, the bi­en­nial tour­na­ment has be­come a pop­u­lar gath­er­ing, at­tract­ing fam­ily mem­bers from all over South Africa, and some­times the world, for a day of com­pet­i­tive, yet fun cricket.

This time the Big­gses will be de­fend­ing the ti­tle for the first time, af­ter they won their maiden tour­na­ment by de­feat­ing the Fords two years ago. The Fords will be back for an­other tilt at the crown, hav­ing reached the last two fi­nals.

Packed with young guns, plus a sin­gle mea­sure of ex­pe­ri­ence, they should have an ex­cel­lent chance of mak­ing up for past dis­ap­point­ments.

The eight teams have been di­vided into two groups, with each side play­ing three matches.

The group win­ners will con­test the fi­nal.

There have been some me­morable con­tests over the years, ever since the Wil­mots won the in­au­gu­ral ti­tle in 1979.

They and the Em­slies are the only teams to have ap­peared in ev­ery tour­na­ment since then, and they will again to­mor­row.

The other fam­i­lies who took part in 1979 were the Brad­fields, Clay­tons, Longs and Pur­dons. ý

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