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Rain halts Momentum Friendship Games clash in Kimberley

Monnapule Jansen batting for Yorkshire RPC
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Disappointing the numerous supporters in attendance, the Momentum Friendship Games match between the Standard Bank Yorkshire Regional Performance Centre (RPC) and Northern Cape High School was abandoned due to rain at the Yorkshire Cricket Ground in Kimberley on Wednesday.

When the heavens opened, the Yorkshire outfit had posted 108/8 in their allotted 20 overs, with youngsters, Monnapule Jansen and Kgotso Motlwai (18) top-scoring for the home side. Northern Cape’s Aiden Turton (3/7) and Matthew van Rooyen (2/13) shone with the ball, picking up three and two wickets, respectively.

Match Summary

Standard Bank Yorkshire RPC:  20 overs 108-8   (M. Jansen 19 (27), K Motlwai 18 (22); A. Turton 3/7)

Norther Cape High: Did Not Bat

The Friendship Games represents an initiative led by partners, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Momentum, aimed at unifying communities from different backgrounds through cricket and strengthening and fostering new relations within the cricketing fraternity.

The campaign includes nine matches taking place across the country, where traditional cricketing schools compete against players from CSA’s RPC and Hub structures. This allows for an increased number of quality matches for the players within the system, as per CSA’s development strategy.

Jansen is the beneficiary of a medical intervention through CSA’s Player Performance Plan, where the 13-year-old received funding for a life-changing ear operation earlier this year after being diagnosed with Cholesteatoma, a progressive inner-ear disease in both ears. The disease can lead to a loss of hearing and acute pain.

Today, the talented all-rounder has a degree of improved hearing and is now receiving an educational intervention through CSA, whereby he attends extra classes at Edublox Kimberley, focusing on his reading and writing skills.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the Yorkshire RPC side began on the front foot before Van Rooyen and Turton picked up four wickets between them to leave the hosts 37/4 after six overs. Two more wickets fell in quick succession, including that of Motlwai, which in turn brought Jansen to the crease. The right-hander anchored his side’s innings, finishing unbeaten on 19 off 27 deliveries to see his team to a competitive total.

Elridge Jack (1/27) and Tumiso Seetelo (1/16) were the other wicket-takers for Northern Cape before the rain came down during the interval, preventing the visitors from chasing down the target of 109 for victory.

The umpires called the clash off, with the rain persisting throughout the afternoon.

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