HAVING been to Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein over the last couple of weeks, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Momentum Friendship Games matches make their next stop at Alexandra Township in Johannesburg tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s game – a T20 fixture at under-15 level between the Alexandra Hub and St Stithians College – will be held at the Alexandra Oval, starting at 2pm.
These Friendship matches, which involve a CSA Hub or RPC playing against a traditional cricket school, give the Hubs and RPCs the opportunity to play at a level that allows them to be able to measure their performance against a school that has produced national players.
Having produced SA-born New Zealand cricketer Grant Elliott many years ago, St Stithians is now better known as the school from which world-class Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada emerged and their latest talent being the highly regarded allrounder and SA Under-19 captain, Wiaan Mulder.
Alex, as Alexandra is universally known, is probably more recognised for the heavyweight residents it has housed (Nelson Mandela, Hugh Masekela, Irvin Khoza, etc) and the number of Bafana Bafana players it has produced (Shakes Kungoane, Maimane Phiri, Benson Mhlongo et al).
But it has also produce the late former bizhub Highveld Lions fast bowler Walter Masemola.
The Alexandra Oval itself is something of a metaphor for life not being about how you start but how you finish. Now a typical lush cricket field, the ground was built on an old rubbish dump.
The two games which have taken place thus far, between Gelvandale Hub and Grey High in PE and Rocklands Hub and Grey College in Bloemfontein, finished in the traditional cricket schools’ favour. But the emphasis of the tournament is not on the results, rather it is about bringing the kids together to establish friendship and grow them as cricketers.
Parents and families from the local community and the schools are encouraged to attend as Momentum and CSA see these Friendship matches as a catalyst to create positive change within communities.