Taariq Moodley, a Strandfontein under-15 batsman, plays in the T20 cricket match between Strandfontein and St Augustine. The annual Awqaf SA T20 Youth Cricket Tournament began with 38 teams taking part on three cricket fields.
Cape Town - The AWQAF SA and Primrose T20 Youth Cricket Tournament got off to an exciting start when the host club’s under-13 team scored a record 232 runs against Excelsior.

Wazeer Philander from Primrose CC scored 73 off 46 balls, while bowler Bilal Abid took 4 wickets for 18 runs in just 4 overs.

In the under-15 category, all eyes were on Thaakier David from Primrose CC who took 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls and a total of 6 wickets in the game against Sunningdale.

The four-day cricket tournament runs until Thursday with games being played at the Primrose’s home ground in Kenilworth and neighbouring fields in Kenwyn (Chukker Road) and Gatesville.

In his keynote address to players and club representatives at the official launch on Saturday, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association Nabiel Dien congratulated endowment NGO, Awqaf SA, for once again backing the cricket event - now in its third year.

He noted the importance of creating safe spaces for youth and using cricket as a vehicle for developing future leaders of the game and society.

“There is a need for our youth to be involved in positive and constructive activities. These interventions, like this youth tournament, is starting to take cognisance of the challenges facing our children.

“The game of cricket has many values and opportunities. It also has many life skills that youth can hone, which can take them far in life,” Dien said.

According to Onke Kholwana, coach of the under-13 team for Solomon Makhosana, the youth tournament gives his players an opportunity to test their skills against the very best.

“We are very happy and excited to take part in this tournament.

“It is a great initiative, as it gives the children from the townships an opportunity to play at a higher level.

“This is the second year our team is playing in this tournament we enjoy being part of this atmosphere and being around other great young cricketers; hopefully the next Proteas stars.”

ST AUGUSTINE’S under-15 fast bowler Reece Dowman bowls to a Strandfontein player.

Meanwhile, Ottomans under-15 coach Abdurazaak Salie said his young team was eager to participate in the tournament, so that they could gain experience.

“Our players were keen to run out on the field, even though our provincial games finished a while ago.

“We found that the event gave us (an) opportunity to play some of our other players who do not always get an opportunity to play.

“Our first match is against Bluebells followed by a match against Langa Cricket Club at the Primrose’s home ground.

“We need to work on some technical skills, as we dropped a few catches, but we hope to improve on our performance.”

Tournament organisers have appealed to the members of the community to come out to support the young cricketers.

For more information call 0824132838 or visit www.awqafsa.org.za. To follow the match fixtures and scores in real-time, download the app: http://bit.do/t20youthtournament

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