Girls’ U19 cricket con­test starts in Bay on Sun­day

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT - Yonela Mofu

THIS year’s edi­tion of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) In­ter-Provin­cial Schools Week U19 Girls’ tour­na­ment starts on Sun­day in var­i­ous venues in Port El­iz­a­beth and will go on through­out the month, fea­tur­ing the best ju­nior school tal­ent in the coun­try.

The CSA’s Hubs and Re­gional Per­for­mance Cen­tre pro­gramme, which is ded­i­cated to un­earthing cricket tal­ent from pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged areas, has done a fine job in up­skilling girls through coach­ing and play­ing.

A to­tal of 256 girls from 16 unions all over the coun­try will be dis­play­ing their skills for an op­por­tu­nity to be part of the SA U19 squad that will be se­lected on the last day of the tour­na­ment.

The se­lected squad will also play against the SA Fil­lies (B) team on De­cem­ber 15 at the Nelson Man­dela Uni­ver­sity.

The tour­na­ment will fea­ture three 50-over matches, as well as four T20 games that will start on day three of the tour­na­ment.

With the Mo­men­tum friendly games be­tween Hubs and RPC teams and tra­di­tional cricket schools help­ing speed up the process, the week’s com­pe­ti­tion will be a cul­mi­na­tion of the pro­grammes.

The best 13 girls come to the tour­na­ment af­ter hav­ing played in tri­als and go­ing through these pro­grammes.

The four-week tour­na­ment spon­sored by Mo­men­tum will be held in Oudt­shoorn (CSA U13 Week), Bloem­fontein (CSA U15 Week), Port El­iz­a­beth (CSA Girls U19 Week), and East Lon­don (CSA U17 Week).

All matches are sched­uled to start at 9am at venues around the Bay.

Sun­day Fix­tures:

KZN Coastal v Free State (VP A) Gaut­eng v SWD (NMU) East­ern Prov­ince v West­ern Prov­ince (NMU A)

North­erns v North West ( NMU B) Bor­der v Boland (Old Grey) Ti­tans Easterns v North­erna Cape (VP B) Kei v KZN In­land (Gel­van­dale) Ti­tans v Lim­popo (Framesby)

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