Nkwanca shows progress in cricket

Nkwanca High School cricket team won its game by 43 runs against the Queen’s College third team on Saturday in a friendly game organised by Queen’s with an aim of developing cricket in township and rural schools.

The U19 game began with Nkwanca batting first, after winning the toss.

Nkwanca scored 132 all out in the first innings, while Queen’s only made 89 all out after 17 overs.

Nkwanca bowler Hlomela Menzi took six for 25.

Queen’s bowler Mayekiso Usiphile took three wickets and Cellin Lentoor got two.

In the U14s the Northern Region won by 14 runs against the Queen’s U14B team, after scoring 153 for 4. In reply Queen’s made 139 all out after the 18th over.

Queen’s won the toss and bowled first. Although the Northern Region did not have a good start, they pulled themselves together to give them a win against Queen’s for the first time.

Northern Region opening batsman Chuma Mgwayi scored a century and became the man-of-the-match. Evans Arendse, the other opening batsman, had hard luck when he was out for a duck. He was replaced by Kelvin Blooms who scored 33.

Chris Hani cricket coordinator Viwe Yawa said: “We are developing township schools cricket by partnering with Queen’s College. The reason why black cricket players struggle with batting is due to a lack of proper facilities. The more our players get game time the more exposure they will gain.

This platform also allows us to measure the standard of cricket we have reached. By competing against Queen’s players and winning these two games it shows we are moving in the right direction.”

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