THE battle for supremacy on the Zimbabwean schoolboy cricket scene resumes next month when 10 local schools and two touring sides from neighbouring South Africa descend on St George’s College for the 14th edition of the annual CABS-sponsored St George’s Twenty20 Cricket Tournament from September 8 to 10.
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St George’s sports director Alan Macdonald said preparations for the tournament were now at an advanced stage with a strong line-up of participating teams having already been confirmed.
“Preparations for this year’s CABS-sponsored tournament are on track, although there is always much to do to deliver a top-quality experience for players and spectators,” said Macdonald.
“We welcome Zimbabwean sides St John’s College, Peterhouse, Prince Edward, Churchill, Gateway, Kyle College, Hellenic Academy, Falcon College and CBC, as well as St Charles and St Benedicts from South Africa.”
“As usual, several corporate firms have confirmed their sponsorship and will be watching the action and entertaining clients and suppliers in their tents.
“Our fantastic surroundings lend themselves to entertaining in style, so if any other advertisers wish to host corporate tents, we encourage you to come forward, even at this late stage. Should you be interested in availing yourself this exciting opportunity to showcase your company and entertain your valued customers, please contact Helen White on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
An added attraction this year is former South Africa opening batsman and 2011 World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten, who is expected to host the question and answer session with some of the participants at the tournament at Hartmann House on the first evening of the tournament.
The St George’s Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, which is undoubtedly the leading Zimbabwe schools cricket competition and one of the best on the continent, is now in its 14th year, with CABS as the principal sponsor, once again.
The size of the festival has increased because globally, this format of the game has grown into a far more exciting version for spectators.
Bigger audiences mean exposure for sponsors, as they receive greater value for money through the festival.
T20 cricket lends itself to exciting, often high-scoring matches, which boost the standard of schoolboy cricket locally and regionally.
Many well-known international cricketers have previously played at the festival, including Old Georgians Sam Curran, who plays for England, and Colin de Grandhomme, who plays for New Zealand; Gary Ballance who attended Peterhouse and now plays for England, and Ryan Burl, also of Peterhouse, who made a huge contribution of more than 160 runs for his school when it reached a previous T20 final.