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Yorkshire RPC Eager to Make the Community Proud in Momentum Friendship Games

Yorkshire RPC Eager to Make the Community Proud in Momentum Friendship Games
Yorkshire RPC Eager to Make the Community Proud in Momentum Friendship Games

The Momentum Friendship Games return to the Galeshewe Township in Kimberley for the fourth match of the 2019/20 season as the Standard Bank Yorkshire Regional Performance Centre (RPC) prepares to take on Northern Cape High School on Wednesday, 20 November. 

The T20 clash will get underway from 14:00 at the Yorkshire Cricket Ground. We encourage all family and friends to come to show their support for these budding cricketers. Entrance is free. 

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. 

This encounter will mark the third Friendship Game between the two sides, after the home side was victorious on both previous occasions, including a convincing 10-wicket triumph in November last year. This year, the Yorkshire RPC head coach, Elton Tsamaisi, says his team is excited about this contest and hopes the community comes out to support.

“The team is very excited for this year’s Momentum Friendship match,” Tsamaisi commented. “The vibe in the team has been great, with some of the players set to play in front of cameras and a lot of people for the first time, so it’s a good thing for them as well. They just want to go out there and play their best and make their family, friends and the community proud on the day.

“It’s going to be another tough game this year. Although we beat them in the two previous matches we’ve played against them in the Momentum Friendship Games, we are still expecting a difficult match. It’s also been difficult to prepare properly this year, with the players still writing exams, but we will be ready.

“It’s hard to predict how the match will go but I am hopeful for strong performances as a team and individually and that the players just enjoy the experience,” the coach added.

Upon the return of the Friendship Games to Kimberley, Head of Sponsorship and Events at Momentum, Carel Bosman shared his excitement ahead of the memorable occasion: “It’s another empowering chapter of the Momentum Friendship Games initiative, visiting the township of Galeshewe in Kimberley and it just reminds us why we are proud to be involved in development cricket. 

“We also have a campaign, called #MomentumFutures and by being involved in development cricket we honestly believe that we are involved in the future stars of this nation. But it’s more than just that, we are also contributing to building a greater South Africa. Through the platform of sport, in this case cricket, we teach individuals so many life lessons; discipline, respect, diligence etc,” Bosman continued.

“This fits in nicely with the narrative that we have around Momentum Futures and the Friendship Games. We see these players, not only as future cricket players but as future individuals in our country.” 

To keep track of all the action at the Yorkshire Cricket Ground, follow Cricket South Africa’s official Facebook and Twitter pages (Facebook: https://facebook.com/CricketSouthAfrica Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialCSA). Live scoring will be available on websports.co.za.

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