THE struggle for the power of Eastern Province Cricket will resume with the re-election of its directors at Axxess St George’s tomorrow morning (9am).
In February, five Nelson Mandela Bay cricket clubs won their election dispute with EP Cricket, with the board placed in power in October declared invalid.
Arbitrator Judge Frank Kroon ruled that the election process in October was flawed and the sporting body was ordered to reconvene an annual meeting to re-elect officials.
The clubs – Gelvandale, Mecer NMMU, Maritime Motors Old Grey, PECC and SA Home Loans Union – opted for the legal route after their nominees were omitted from the official list of election candidates at the annual meeting last year. Judge Kroon also ruled that all the original nominees be eligible for election.
Former PE Cricket Board president Max Jordaan was appointed by Cricket South Africa to oversee EP Cricket’s administrative duties until the new directors are elected tomorrow.
The three men vying for the hot seat are Graeme Sauls, Gary Paul and Donovan May. Sauls and May are former presidents so the competition is expected to be fierce. Former acting president Malcolm Figg withdrew from the race this week.
After a number of stop-starts and the legal process, clubs and stakeholders will be hoping that the election runs smoothly tomorrow.
Acting EP Cricket chief executive Tono Mle said the clubs had met this week to discuss the voting and, more specifically, the proxies process and that he expected a seamless meeting.
The nominees are: President: Donovan May, Graeme Sauls, Gary Paul; V-president: Sidima Mooi, Dave Callaghan, James Oosthuizen; Finance: Warren Alexander; Remco and HR: Gary Paul, Fezekile Tshiwula, John Joseph; Transformation: Sidima Mooi, Mxolisi Breakfast, Richard Dolley, Gary Dolley; Development: Hilton Michael Marais, Gary Dolley; Commercial and Stadium: Kumesh Reshalin; Legal and Governance: Mandisi Mali; Audit and Risk: Duane Adams
- Meanwhile, the NMB Premier League T20 playoffs will be contested this weekend. The 50-overs champions Mecer NMMU1 will be chasing the double and will need to overcome a determined Northville outfit in the first semifinal to be played at Freeplay Park tomorrow from 10am.
The second semifinal should be a closely contested affair with Heatherbank squaring off against NMMU2 at the same venue from 2pm. The final will be played at NMMU Oval on Sunday from 10am. – Alvin Reeves