CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) on Thursday named the teams, venues and fixtures for the 2013 edition of the Momentum National Club Championships to be hosted by the Northerns Cricket Union from 22 to 27 April 2013.
The 12 champion clubs of the CSA affiliates will be divided into two sections of six teams each. After the preliminary rounds of sectional play the teams ending first in their respective sections will compete for the title on 27 April at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Tuks, representing the home affiliate, are the defending champions and it is interesting that both they and the team they beat in last season’s final, Stellenbosch University, representing Boland, have been drawn in the same section and will have a head-to-head clash in the fourth round.
This is the second year that the tournament is being held at the end of the season in a decision that was widely welcomed by all clubs and affiliates. “There is no doubt that the move to the end of the season in April is one that is welcomed by all participants,” commented CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah. “It comes immediately after the clubs have won their various championships at their affiliates and is a better test of establishing the champion club.
“It gives context to one of our most important domestic competitions and also provides an appropriate climax to the club season. A glance at the performances over the last two seasons shows that it has produced players who have gone on to represent their franchises such as Francois le Clus and Simon Harmer, to name just two.
“This confirms that club cricket remains a very important part of our talent pipeline that leads from KFC Mini-Cricket all the way through to Proteas’ selection.
“Club cricket is also a very important recreational platform that crosses diverse cultural boundaries and becomes central to the community it serves.”
Commenting on the Championship, Danie van den Bergh, head of Brand at Momentum said: “Our commitment to South African cricket and the development of talent remains steadfast.
“Through our partnership with CSA, we have found a common purpose between ourselves and all stakeholders to develop the game on all levels. This is the only way to grow cricket as a sport for all, in the future. The country will reap the benefit, as cricket has the ability to unite people, families and a nation.”
Appiah concluded: “I would like to thank our sponsors, Momentum, for their support of this very important area of our grassroots cricket and the Northerns Cricket Union for hosting the event.”