With play already underway at the 2015 Sunfoil Township Tournament at Hilton College, the three day cricketing contest couldn’t have started on a sweeter note for KwaZulu-Natal’s eleven Under-15 and Under-19 township teams thanks to the generous donation of brand new cricket kit from the Sports Development Trust.
The tournament, which sees five Under-19 and six Under-15 township teams representing the province against teams from Gauteng, Western Province, Griquas, Border, Boland and Northerns, will see the local youngsters take to the fields of Hilton College with out-the-packet new batting kit for which the recipients were overjoyed to receive at a pre-tournament presentation at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Tuesday.
“This is the second year that our trust has been involved in the Sunfoil Township Tournament and after last year’s tournament saw us hand over a pair of shoes to each player, we wanted to make sure all the youngsters were well equipped and protected this time around,” explained the Sport Development Trust’s Dean Harding.
Sunfoil Dolphins CEO Pete de Wet and KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union President Faeez Jaffar were also in attendance with Jaffar emphasising the importance of the Sunfoil-back development programme to the region.
“This tournament is an opportunity for these youngsters to showcase their talents and enjoy playing our wonderful sport against their peers,” said Jaffar.
“Some fantastic young players have been discovered through both this tournament as well as the Sunfoil Development Programme with some having even gone on to represent our provincial age group teams at their respective annual interprovincial weeks.
“The programme continues to play a vital role in aiding in the transformation of cricket in KwaZulu-Natal and we look forward to its continued growth,” he added.
The tournament takes place from 30 June to 3 July with the action culminating in KwaZulu-Natal team – selected from the various KZN-based township sides at the tournament – taking on a combined Visiting Teams outfit in both the Under-15 and Under-19 age groups on Friday.