The third annual Sunfoil Township Tournament concluded last night and has been marked as an all-round success.
Having been hosted in the community of Azaadville for the first time, this tournament celebrated friendship, enjoying sport and opportunities for all. Although weather initially threatened to hamper the tournament on day one, it cleared up beautifully and allowed a full event to take place.
The teams from the various parts of Johannesburg (Central, South, Alexandra, Sedibeng, Soweto, Kagiso) as well as the visiting teams from Langa and Kwazulu-Natal competed in a closely contested affair to deliver a thrilling final on Sunday evening between the Central and Soweto teams.
The Central team stepped to the crease first and were bowled out for 156 with Kyle Badenhorst scoring a magnificent 99. Musa Matsikiri from the Soweto side showed some terrific bowling skills and had figures of 2/27 in the match. When their turn came to bat, the team from Soweto posed a brave fighting total of 119/9 before their luck ran out. Dirian Murray from the Central team had the best bowling figures (2/18) in the match.
The individual accolades of the event were as follows:
Winners of Tournament Central Team
Runners Up Soweto Team
Batsman of the Tournament Kyle Badenhorst – Central – Total of 193 runs average of 64.33
Bowler of the Tournament Musa Matsikiri – Soweto – Total of 10 wickets
Player of the Tournament Kyle Badenhorst – Central – Total of 193 runs average of 64.33 and 3 wickets
Team of the Tournament Central Team
Coach of the Tournament Justin Nefdt (Central Team)
Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Cricket Board, Greg Fredericks, thoroughly enjoyed his inaugural Sunfoil Township Tournament. “I have tremendous passion for the youth of our country and took great pleasure in seeing this event take place in the community of Azaadville. The spirit of the game was evident in every match and I could see the enjoyment and pleasure that the players, parents, coaches and all others involved derived from it. My sincere appreciation goes out to Sunfoil, the sponsors of this tournament, the members of the community, the local organising committee and those that supported the event. I am proud to call this event part of the GCB annual calendar,” said Fredericks.
“The Sunfoil Township Tournament programme was developed to inspire the youth to play cricket and to instil a love of the sport amongst the whole community, making cricket a meaningful part of township culture,” said Shoaib Moosa, Sales & Marketing Director of Willowton Group.
“Cricket enables underprivileged young people to channel their energy into a positive and healthy team activity. It encourages them to work hard and develop skills which give them confidence and the belief that it is possible to change their lives for the better. It is our hope that we can provide a platform for the Gauteng Cricket Union to identify these talented youngsters and give them a future that allows them to rise above their circumstances.” said Moosa.
The Tournament sponsor Willowton Group, has been a committed supporter of South African cricket for many years, from development at grassroots level to the sponsorship of Proteas Test Series Cricket. The many quality brands produced by this family-owned business include Sunfoil, Sunshine D margarine, D’lite and Nuvolite spreads and, more recently, Allsome Rice.