Budding Cricketers Ready to Shine at the Momentum National Weeks
In a culmination of another exciting and testing school cricket calendar year, the country’s best youngsters will be readying themselves to compete and showcase their talents during the 2019/20 Momentum National Weeks set to take place during the first two weeks of December.
The Momentum U15 Boys Week gets underway on Thursday, 05 December till 09 December in East London, while the U13 Boys Week and U15 Boys Week will visit Pretoria and Port Elizabeth between 07-11 December and 11-15 December, respectively.
The National Weeks is a key point for Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) development pipeline and provides budding cricketers with the opportunity to perform on a national platform as they continue their journey through the ranks, with the dream of representing their country from the South Africa under-19 level to the Standard Bank Proteas.
“This is a very exciting time of the year for all young cricketers in South Africa,” commented Niels Momberg, CSA Youth and Tertiary Manager. “These national weeks are of high importance because it is something that these kids have been working towards throughout the year, including through the various school league and CSA Regional Performance Centre (RPC) and Hubs structures around the country. It allows them to see how far they’ve come, compared to the other kids from the different provinces.
“During the Week, they are exposed to all the different formats with T20, one-day and time cricket. We don’t have an official winner, but we do try and arrange the fixtures on the last two days on a strength versus strength basis.
“Momentum has been a great and trusted supporter of the Weeks in recent years, they play a big role in ensuring the Week is run smoothly, including all the bells and whistles. They are a blue-chip company, who have a certain set of values and they believe in growing the country’s youth by giving them opportunities through their development programmes and we are ecstatic to be associated with a brand like Momentum.”
The 16-team interprovincial tournaments are played at the under-13, 15 and under-17 level, with the schoolboy cricketers representing their respective provinces over the five days. During the U15 and U17 Weeks, the teams will play all three formats, while the U13 tournament turns their focus to 50-over and time cricket.
Following weeks of trials, selection and regional Talent Acceleration Programmes (TAP) camps along with warm-up matches in the build-up to the youth tournaments, the youngsters will be hoping to emulate those that came before them, such as Allan Donald, Graeme Smith and Kagiso Rabada, in reaching the heights of the game.
Head of Sponsorship at Momentum, Carel Bosman, expressed the importance of Momentum’s involvement in the national weeks, stating: “As the official sponsor of One-Day cricket in the country, Momentum is once again proud to partner CSA in supporting the Schools Weeks, the development of the game and young South Africans.
“Our vision is that, by investing in talent, supported by education, we can make a difference. Momentum wants to be here for your journey to success during the tournament,” he continued.
“The lessons learnt on our sports fields will encourage excellence, perseverance, discipline and sportsmanship, great qualities to take with you as you venture through life.
“This week they will be representing their region, their school their family and most of all, themselves. Play well, play hard and enjoy every single moment.” Bosman concluded.
Live scores for all the Weeks can be located on www.webcsports.co.za, with match updates and match reports available on Cricket South Africa’s official Facebook (www.facebook.com/CricketSouthAfrica) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/OfficialCSA) pages.
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