Bat­tle of the sexes hit­ting sixes

Go! & Express - - GO! SCHOOLS - SIVENATHI GOSA

Gonu­bie Cricket Club (GCC) played a mixed match be­tween the men’s side and the newly formed women’s team on Sun­day at the Gonu­bie Sports Club.

The rea­son for the friendly was be­cause both their league matches were can­celled due to the mu­nic­i­pal strike so the club took the op­por­tu­nity to give them some game time.

The women’s team bat­ted first and in their 20 overs, man­aged to post a score of 89 with Wendy Crou­camp achiev­ing the top score of 28.

The men’s side man­aged to pass the women’s score with 223 in their 20 overs. Adam Flem­ming picked up three wick­ets along the way.

GCC man­ager Liam O’Hagan said they al­lowed both teams to bat their full 20 overs, ig­nor­ing the re­sults.

“GCC has been around for many years. The club un­for­tu­nately strug­gled when van­dals burnt down the lit­tle pavil­ion that housed all the equip­ment and with that loss, most of the mem­bers left.”

O’Hagan said the club is now ris­ing to new heights and has grown ex­po­nen­tially over the last few years. They have climbed three leagues in five years, fi­nally mak­ing the pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League.

“This is the high­est league that the Bor­der of­fers for club cricket. Be­cause of this pro­mo­tion and the growth made, this year we were able to in­tro­duce two ad­di­tional teams into the leagues, the one be­ing the ladies side which is the only women’s club in East Lon­don.

“GCC is a non-profit club and the costs of run­ning and main­tain­ing the fa­cil­i­ties are high, so thanks need to go to the faith­ful spon­sors for keep­ing the club go­ing.

“Gonu­bie Cricket Club is still a small club com­pared to some of the others in East Lon­don, but they are a close-knit, fam­ily-ori­ented club and this is the main rea­son why they are grow­ing in an era where club sport is dy­ing,” said O’Hagan.

Pic­ture:SIVENATHI GOSA

BOWLED OVER: Gonu­bie Cricket Club play­ing a friendly match, with the women's team tak­ing on the men's team on Sun­day at Gonu­bie Sports Club

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