Lesiba Ngoepe our Bursary pupil at Hansmoore High School

EJCCA Represenative Cricket Development Report

2010

CHAIRMANS REPORT

Eastern Junior Cricket Club

EJCCA Representative Cricket Development Report 2010

A successful Club League summer season culminated in the selection of six Ekurhuleni Representative Cricket Teams for the EJCCA Winter Cricket Development Programme 2010. The Eastern Cricket Union Director for Representative Cricket, Mr Keke Dali was on hand to award the selected players with their cricket colours at our traditional capping ceremony held on the 8th May 2010, our guest speaker, Mr Cyril Mitchely (Head of Cricket South Africa Match Referees) was a hit with audience.

A framed EJCCA cricket shirt was presented to all our most valued sponsors as a token of our appreciation for their support and assistance granted, ensuring that 2010 was going to be another great year of cricket. It has been extremely gratifying to witness the games infectious swell of joy extend across the faces of young players from “every” sector of our community and I sincerely believe that the association is on the dawn of a new and more significant charter of its legacy in junior cricket development.

The principle winter representative cricket programme got off to a flying start with great enthusiasm as all our teams played matches against Northern’s, Gauteng, North West and Griqualand West Cricket Unions, this was backed up with intensive coaching sessions in the Eastern Cricket Practise nets during the period of April to July. I am pleased to report that the association was still able to play a record number of e matches this year, even with the June break in support of the Soccer World Cup event.

Cricket has been of a high standard with a number of notable performances from our players. None more so than the U17 Captain, Lesiba Ngoepe, who scored a majestic 168 runs not out against formidable opposition who had the u17 team reeling at 55 for 5 wickets, when he arrived at the batting crease to lead his team to victory against all odds. This feat is a new EJCCA representative batting record for all age group’s. (Just for info, he is an EJCCA bursary player who has just scored 208 runs for Hansmoore High School 1st Team against Springs Boys High School 1st Team)

The association then hosted a two day mini EJCCA U13 Cricket Festival on the 17th & 18th July with the EJCCA U12 and U13 teams playing against the Botswana U13 and Gauteng U13 teams respectfully. This event was a great success and saw the Botswana U13 team beating our under 12 team in one of the matches for the first time in their history. A great achievement considering that just six years ago during our first ever cricket festival, our u12 team scored 354 runs in a 45 over match and then bowled Botswana’s under 13 team out for a mere 69 runs.

Both the EJCCA U12 and U13 teams undertook successful end of the season cricket tour in August to play Griqualand West in Kimberly. A highlight of the tour was a team visit to the big hole, a first time experience for most of these young player’s, it’s not just about cricket, but an education of the history of our great country.

Our U17 team had the privilege of playing the National U19 Nigerian Cricket Team who were on route to an ICC, ACA World Cup Cricket qualifying tournament. The match was great to watch as the winner was only defined in the last over with our U17 managing to come out on top by 5 runs. (Just for info the U19 Nigerian team went on to win their qualification tournament and will now proceed to the next level on route to the U19 World Cup Cricket Tournament in 2011).

The cream and cherry on top of the representative winter programme culminated in our most prestigious “EJCCA Carnival City Cricket Festival“ from the 5th _ 9th August, which saw our association host sixteen representative and national cricket teams over four days of intensive cricket from the following Unions and our Southern African neighbours.

  • Botswana U15
  • Zimbabwe U15
  • Kwazulu-Natal U15
  • Northerns U15
  • Gauteng U16
  • Ekurhuleni U14
  • Ekurhuleni U15
  • Gauteng U15
  • Botswana U19
  • Mozambique U19
  • Zimbabwe U17
  • Kwazulu-Natal U17
  • Northerns U17
  • North West U17
  • Ekurhuleni U16
  • Ekurhuleni U17

Whist the principle winter cricket programme from April to July each year is our main focus, the festival is only held if additional funding is raised to host such a monumental event that consumes many, many hours of hard work from a dedicated team of volunteers for the spoil of all our deserving players.

Even if I may say so, this has been the association most successful festival to date, with some three hundred and twenty players, coaches, managers, umpires and officials in attendance. The association was able to improve the level of it’s organisation with all the teams accommodated at the Denel Aviation Hostel with matches played at three different venues, namely Eastern Cricket Union Benoni, Christian Brothers College Boksburg and United Cricket Club Brakpan, with a single catering service provider feeding all the players at the various venue simultaneously.

This event has become a landmark in cricket development in the Southern African Region, with our association having to limit the number of participating teams again this year. (Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho, Kenya and Griqualand West all requesting to be top of the 2011 list of invites).

The standard of cricket was exceptionally high with each team playing seven matches each. The first three days each team played a 30/30 over match in the morning followed with a pro 20/20 over in the afternoon, then a 40/40 over match on the last day. It was a great honour for our teams to play against the national teams of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique.

A huge surprise of the festival was that the favourites, Kwazulu – Natal U17 found the competition tough this year, going on to loose 3 of their 7 matches, which included historical losses against North West U17 in both the 20/20 and 40/40 over format, together with a loss to the EJCCA U17 in the 20/20 over match.

The EJCCA Carnival City Cricket Festival prize giving was a hive of excitement as the Zimbabwe u15 team was awarded the U15 Team of the Festival and the Kwazulu-Natal U17 awarded the U17 Team of the festival for their high standard of cricket etiquette and sportsmanship.

Under 15 Player of the Festival was awarded to Daniel Moolman of Zimbabwe under 15 team.
Under 17 Player of the Festival was awarded Sunmanth Sunkari of Kwazulu-Natal under 17 team.

Under 15 Most Promising Player was awarded to Thando Zweni of EJCCA under 15 team
Under 17 Most Promising Player was awarded to Lesiba Ngoepe of EJCCA under 17 team

Overall great cricket was played, friendships formed and fond memories taken home. The representative programme has come to end and we now prepare for the EJCCA summer Club League.

It has been extremely gratifying to witness the games infectious swell of joy extend across the faces of young players from “every” sector of our community and I sincerely believe that the association is on the dawn of a new and more significant chapter of its legacy in junior cricket.

We believe that the principle winter representative cricket programme and the EJCCA Cricket festival is a unique opportunity encapsulating a significant step forward in the landscape of cricket development, not only within our geographical boundaries, but also in that of the Southern African Region, ensuring representation from a diverse cross section of communities, enhancing social integration and cultural understanding

A solid foundation has been laid for the next generation of aspiring young players. The life skills and social integration that the game of cricket brings should not be measured in numerical numbers or how many players reach the highest level in cricket, but in the leadership qualities of junior players graduating with a trait of personal responsibility, perseverance and determination to succeed in life’s journey.

On behalf of the association a special word of thanks and appreciation is extended to the board of directors of Eastern Cricket, who together with our corporate sponsors, Impala Platinum, Afrisun East Rand Community Trust, Carnival City, Tempest Car Hire and Coke Cola has ensured that cricket has been played and enjoyed in every sector of our community.  This support has also ensured that our association remains the flagship and benchmark of junior club cricket and development and we look forward to your continued support in the seasons ahead.

Kind regards
Mark W. Kingham
Chairman

EJCCA U15 Festival Player
Daniel Moolman Zimbabwe U15 Team

EJCCA U17 Festival Player
Sumanth Sunkari, Kwazulu-Natal U17 Team
Left to right
Godfrey Madonsela – Carnival City
Daniel Moolman – Zimbabwe U15
Andy O’Connor – President Eastern Cricket
Left to right
Rev Timothy Tshabangu – Afrisun
Sumanth Sunkari – Kwazulu-Natal U17
Andy O’Connor – President Eastern Cricket
EJCCA U15 Most Promising Player
Thando Zweni, EJCCA U15 Team
With Godfrey Madonsela – Carnival City
EJCCA U17 Most Promising Player
Lesiba Ngoepe – EJCCA U17 Team
With Godfrey Madonsela – Carnival City