On Monday, 6 August 2018, Mr Brandon Scullard (Director of Cricket) and Mr Alex van der Merwe travelled to Pretoria to attend the launch of the new North/South T20 Cricket Tournament which will be held from 21 September to 24 September in Pretoria.
The tournament is hosted by Hoërskool Centurion, Hoërskool Waterkloof and Hoërskool Menlopark. They invited teams from all over the country to participate in this prestigious tournament.
The launch was held at WeBuyCars Warehouse in Centurion and was a great success with sponsors, media and participating schools attending. AB de Villiers was the guest speaker and was nominated as the ambassador for this exciting tournament.
The programme started with the LOC committee giving a rundown on how the tournament will work, followed by informal discussions with the sponsors of the tournament. The sponsors attending were Webuycars, Atterbury Trust, WAD Holdings, Attacq, Camp Discovery, PUMA, IXU and PitchVision.
AB de Villiers was next and chatted to the boys about the importance of playing in these types of tournaments. He shared a little about his career growing up and the hardships he had to face in order to become the AB de Villiers we know today.
After that, the teams lined up for a draw to determine the different teams in the groups. The organisers ensured that teams will not play against usual opposition but rather play teams they have not played before.
First up in the draw was the Pretoria and Nelspruit schools (Centurion, Waterkloof, Menlopark and Nelspruit). The Cape Town schools (Bishops, Paarl Gim, SACS and Wynberg) followed. A group of schools referred to as ‘other North schools’ included, Noordkaap, Potch Volkskool, Rustenburg and Grey College. The ‘Other south schools’ (Glenwood, Northwood, Westville and St Andrews) then followed.
This tournament is full of excitement with prize money up for grabs and live streaming of games by PitchVision. The games will also be scored live on WebCricket so that everyone can get part of the action.
There was clear indication as to which groups were labelled the group of death and the ‘easy groups’ but this tournament will no doubt be a true test of character for all 16 teams participating.
Glenwood will be playing against Nelspruit, Rustenburg and Paarl Gimnasium in Group B.
This tournament will be an incredible opportunity for schoolboys to travel and play in different conditions against other great teams as opposition. The experience gained will benefit our players and coaches in the coming season.
Report and photos by Mr Alex van der Merwe