Queen’s College is introducing a new era in schools cricket, launching the first 10 overs series in Komani and the province.
The T10 Blast, launched last week, will have junior schoolboys sharing the locker room with their first team heroes at the college.
At the draw, players and captains were drawn for six teams that will be funded by local sponsors.
Rowan Richards, the professional coach at Queen’s, said this was the start of a broader initiative to promote cricket at both the school and in the wider Komani.
“It is important that we promote cricket. I think in general and especially in greater Komani, the sport is neglected,” said Richards.
He said the vision was to have more boys playing with hope that the tournament would grow to include teams other than Queen’s.
“We are constantly inviting others to play here. Sometimes in disadvantaged areas it is a problem to be exposed to facilities like these. Our aim is to bring boys here, expose them and let them compete with the best.”
Head coach of cricket at Queen’s, Ralph Cullinan, said cricket at the school was in a “good state.”
“The short-term goal is to get more of our boys into provincial teams. From there, hopefully, we will have South African Schools selection.
“We work very hard to make sure all boys are interested in the game, are coached well and embraced. The more children we can get playing, the more it will uplift our standards. We are fortunate to have dedicated coaches who want to improve. Our strength is the way we work together.”
The games will be held at Queen’s on March 1.