The Momentum Friendship Games makes the short journey from east to west this week when the popular clash moves from Bloemfontein to Kimberley.
The fourth match in the series is a 20-over showdown between Northern Cape High School and Standard Bank Yorkshire Regional Performance Centre (RPC), with the match scheduled to begin at 13:00 on Wednesday.
The series of games represent an important undertaking by partners Cricket South Africa (CSA) and sponsors Momentum, with this clash in the Northern Cape capital the fourth of the season thus far.
‘We’re off to Kimberley this week and our sources tell us there is a real buzz in the community ahead of the fourth outing of the Momentum Friendship Games,’ said Clive Eksteen, CSA’s head of commercial and marketing.
‘It has been a memorable season so far and we saw the schools and RPCs involved enjoy a wonderful experience in Stellenbosch before we witnessed a brilliant game in East London. From there we moved inland to Bloemfontein where we were again entertained, and we look forward to another enthralling contest here in the Northern Cape.
‘Cricket is so much more than a game and we continue to see the effects it is having through these wonderful initiatives such as the Friendship Games.’
The opening match of the season took place at the Paul Roos Gymnasium Cricket Oval in Stellenbosch and was won by the hosts, Paul Roos, against the Paarl RPC. The second game went all the way to the final ball as the Alice RPC in the Eastern Cape secured a memorable tie against Selborne College in East London.
The third game saw Grey Bloem romp home as comfortable nine-wicket winners over the Rocklands RPC.
During this tournament, CSA’s RPCs have the chance to play against traditional cricket schools. It is an opportunity for teams that would not normally play against each other to integrate and learn from one another. The innovation by stakeholders has proved popular among the youngsters of both the RPCs and schools.
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