All-round skills key in double-wicket format

Neale Emslie

ALL-ROUND ability will be a prerequisite for success when Nelson Mandela Bay clubs clash in the 11th Gelvandale double-wicket cricket competition on Saturday next week.

With just two-man teams at the crease, the pressure will be on to perform in both departments as Grey High strive to retain the title they won last year.

The school team have some talented players in their camp this year and they could well start as favourites, although their senior colleagues will be keen to knock them off that perch.

You would expect teams like NMMU, PECC, Union, Old Grey, Gelvandale and Khaya Majola under-19 all to be capable of contending for the title.

Linked to the double-wicket competition is a KFC Mini Cricket programme for about 100 boys and girls, hosted by the Gelvandale club from 7am to 8.30am.

This has proved to be very successful in the past.

The double-wicket format is on a knockout basis, with the 10 teams being split into winners’ and losers’ sections after the first round.

This year the prize-money has been increased to R3000, with a trophy for the winners, and individual prizes and vouchers for best batsman, bowler and fielder.

Registration fees remain at R200 a team and players will receive a playing shirt, lunch and light snacks at the prize-giving.

The draw and briefing will take place at Gelvandale at 8am next Saturday.

The weekend’s activities kick off with a T20 game on Friday, starting at 2.30pm.

The participating teams are: NMMU, PECC, Union, Heatherbank, Maritime Old Grey, Grey High, Khaya Majola EP U19, Northville, Gelvandale, VP.

ýSA Home Loans Union face a stern test of their title credentials when they play Maritime Motors Old Grey at Freeplay Park in one of six NMB Premier League matches tomorrow.

Union are unbeaten in four games this season and are again in the running to challenge Mecer NMMU’s throne.

The students have been dominant for a number of seasons now and are expected to be so again.

Old Grey have been NMMU’s closest competitor for a number of years.

They will be wanting to get their campaign back on track after stumbling against PECC recently.

Union, who beat PECC in their last fixture, will be confident of giving Old Grey a good run for their money.

Warriors batsman Michael Price will turn out for Union but experienced allrounder Ryan Harris (knee injury) is a doubtful starter.

The fixtures for tomorrow are: Greenbushes v Northville, Motherwell v Buco Uitenhage, United Brothers v PECC, Welcome v Despatch, ADT Pirates v Gelvandale, Maritime Motors Old Grey v SA Home Loans Union.

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