The Proteas travelled to Durban's Northdene Primary School on Monday for the 3rd match of the 2016/17 KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour.
They took a 2-0 series lead into the game, giving them the opportunity to wrap-up the 4 match series with a win against Northedene’s KFC Mini-Cricket team. The kids however were more than up for the task and with guidance from all-star coach and former Proteas speedster Mfuneko Ngam, they managed to keep themselves alive in the Tour with an easy victory over the Proteas.
The kids won the toss in front of a massive home crowd and elected to bowl. The Proteas got off to a slow start, struggling against the pace of the Northdene opening bowlers. Connor Johnstone was one of the stars for the kids, often foxing his Proteas opponents with his lethal leg spin and sharp fielding. Khaya Zondo attempted to up the run rate, hitting a massive 6 over the commentary box but in the end they could only string together 47 runs in their 8 overs.
Nathan Moore and Nathan Geel opened the batting for the kids and piled on the runs fast with Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi going to the boundary on multiple occasions. Vernon Philander managed to slow the run rate for a short period but in the end it wasn’t enough. The kids put on one of the great performances in the Tour’s 4-year history, cruising to victory with 8 balls to spare.
Ngam was excited by the result and proud of his charges. “The KFC Mini-Cricket kids were brilliant today with both bat and ball. We had a clear game plan which they executed with precision against the world’s top ODI team,” said Ngam. We now have everything to play for next week in the Eastern Cape. We will use this victory as momentum going into the game and I’m sure the kids will have what it takes to level up the series,” he added.
Njabula Mbanjwa was named man of the match on the day. The Proteas batsman struggled with his pinpoint bowling accuracy and lightning speed and only managed 2 runs off his bowling spell.
Proteas bowler, Vernon Philander was impressed by the level of talent in the Northdene KFC Mini-Cricket ranks. “The KFC Mini-Cricket kids played a great game today and put us under pressure from ball 1. They have some really skilled kids in their team – it’s great to see such gifted young players coming through in Kwa-Zulu Natal. If today was anything to go by, we will have a tough task on our hands come the final game next week,” said Philander.
The KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour moves next to the Eastern Cape where the kids from Zamaxolo Junior Secondary School will have the chance to level the series when they take on the Proteas on the famous Khaya Majola Oval in Mthatha.
Mike Middleton, Chief Marketing Officer for KFC South Africa concluded, “The KFC Mini-Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour never fails to entertain – after last season’s 2-2 draw, we are once again heading for an exciting finish! Coach Ngam remains unbeaten in the history of the Tour and has done a stellar job assisting us in getting many kids active and closer to their heroes over the past four years. I can’t wait to see what will happen at the Khaya Majola Oval next week.”
KFC Mini-Cricket is played by over 114,000 kids who are coached by nearly 9000 volunteer coaches.
To get your child involved in KFC Mini-Cricket or to volunteer as a coach visit www.kfcminicricket.co.za.