Top cricket sides vie for Kallie Cup

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PIONEERS United Cricket Club will be staging the inaugural Kallie Cup in Breidbach this weekend.

The two-day festival brings with it exciting and explosive cricket to the community when some of the best cricketers from Breidbach and surrounding areas give it their best shot to win the cup and R1000 prize money. Pioneers secretary Kermit Du Plessis said that the event was first known as the Esterhuizen Cup but changed name last year to the Kallie Cup. The tournament is staged in commemoration of the club’s former life president Carl-Vernon “Kallie” Matthews, who passed away in 2015.

READY TO RUMBLE: Club captains, from left, Arief Mohamed, Juan Jeggels, Terry Theron, Euchar Junior Abrahams, Vaughan Appel and Lindell Williams pose with their sponsored club T-shirt at the draw of the Pioneers United Cricket Club’s Kallie Cup in Breidbach on Monday Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

“The aim is basically to celebrate the life of our president, raise funds for our expenses and also to identify talent from all participating teams which we can further develop and nurture at Pioneers,” Du Plessis said.

“There is more than cricket being played during the event and supporters can look forward to a variety of fun and entertainment for the whole family, so bring your picnic basket and enjoy the vibe.” The draw was conducted on Monday where the format, rules and regulations were explained by Pioneers captain Byron Esterhuizen to representatives of the six participating teams which are Yellow Woods Midlands, Rich Kidds, Legends, Dale, Rainbow (King) and Schornville United.

“You will compete in a round robin format competition over two days with three teams in each pool,” Esterhuizen explained.

The matches are 13-over affairs with 15 overs to be played in the final.

He added: “A maximum of two overs per bowler and a batsman will retire after 20 runs and can only return when all other batsmen have batted”.

Esterhuizen further mentioned that the first four overs will be the power play, with only two fielders being permitted out on the boundary.

He said if both teams end up with the same total, a Super Over will be bowled.

The draw followed immediately after all representatives familiarised them with the rules set, which saw Pool A consisting of Yellow Woods Midlands, Schornville and Dale and Pool B with Rich Kidds, Rainbow and Legends.

Rich Kids are the defending champs, with senior player Shandrè Butler saying they would keep it young and fresh. “We don’t want to be complacent as there is a stiff competition lined up for this edition and the real hard work starts Saturday,” Butler said.

Rainbow captain Arief Mohamed said: “We will definitely win the cup and it’s not negotiable.”

Legends captain Terry Theron said: “We will be going out in full to surprise everyone.”

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